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Implementing Primary Caregiving – Issues

Te Whāriki states that infants in particular should experience “unhurried and calm caregiving practices for feeding, sleeping and nappy changing.” So despite the barriers for some early childhood services such as large numbers of children and poor adult-child ratios, if […]

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Children with Coughs and Colds

Children with Coughs and Colds. Health authorities warn against the use of cough and cold medicines for children under the age of 6 years- except for those containing only bromhexine or intra-nasal decongestants (such as oxymetazoline and xylometazoline) and these are approved only […]

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Parent-Child Attachment

Supporting Parent-Child Attachment. A strong attachment with an adult is as essential to a child as air, food and water.  Healthy child development is unlikely without it.  The Ministry of Health reports that mental health and behavioural problems are rising […]

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Head Lice and Nits

Children get head lice. It’s one of those things that is a case of when and not if.  It pays to know how to tell if a child has head lice and how to spot eggs how to carry out effective […]

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Daylight Saving Effects On Children

Daylight Saving Effects Child Behaviour. In NZ daylight Saving starts on the last Sunday in September, when 2.00am becomes 3.00am.  It ends on the first Sunday in April, when 3.00am becomes 2.00am. A subtle time shift can affect children’s safety, […]

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Earthquake Drills

Earthquake Drills and the Turtle Drop – Reflections and Discussion about what is Best Practice. By Warwick Marshall  A big earthquake shakes while you’re in the kitchen at your house.  What do you do?  Of course you throw yourself to […]

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Nose Bleeds

Nose bleeds in young children are commonly caused by knocks, nose-picking, and objects being inserted into the nose.  If the nose bleed is caused by an injury, always check with a doctor as the child’s nose could be broken. Quite often though, a […]

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Child Vaccination Requirements

Children’s Immunisation and ECE.   One of the key international measures of a healthy population is a country’s percentage of children fully immunised against diseases. The higher the immunisation rate, the more successful NZ is seen to be in protecting […]

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Death of a Pet

The death of a pet, especially a first pet, can be more traumatic for a child than it is for an adult.  Often the child has grown up with the pet and considers it to be as much a member […]

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Grief and Preparing a Child For Loss

Supporting a grieving child can be distressing for a teacher. However it is important that teachers do not try to avoid dealing with a child’s grief, or with their own grief. Teachers can support children’s grief in a sensitive and […]

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