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ISSUE 89 January/February 2021 GOLD COAST

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appy New Year! As we step into 2021, the start of a new year is often a time of reflection and new beginnings. For me, this typically spirals into a guilt fest of everything I am still to achieve from the previous year: ✔ I’m going to lose 5kg. ✔ I’m going to get on top of my email inbox. ✔ I’m going to get the kids to eat something other than mac ’n’ cheese. ✔ I’m going to be a more present parent. But, if 2020 has taught me anything, it is to drastically lower the self criticism and accept those things you cannot control. Feeling suitably equipped for a zombie apocalypse (or whatever else the world may throw at us) and totally accepting of my COVID curves, I have a totally different view on the new year this time around: ✔ Curvy is cuddly. Let’s just focus on being a bit fitter. ✔ Your inbox has over 24,000 messages, accept you will never find the end. ✔ Pasta is a staple food. So is Vegemite toast. We should be grateful we can still get both at the supermarket. ✔ You know what? I really am trying my best. And as I peek cautiously around the corner at whatever the new year has in store, I’m quietly optimistic about 2021. I’ve seen

a surge in small businesses supporting each other, schools doing amazing things to keep kids engaged and learning despite restrictions, and communities pulling together to help those in need. I have no idea what the year ahead will hold, but I know we are going to tackle it as best we can, together. And there’s nothing better to put a spring in your step than getting ready for a new school year! It’s such an exciting time—the little ones are heading to Kindy for the first time, the new Preppies are in their oversized, sparkling new uniforms, and the Year 7s are getting ready for a whole new adventure at secondary school. So, this issue is all about getting back to school! We meet the early childhood teachers at Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure who are laying the foundations for learning with the little ones. We also have some great tips on nurturing your child’s first friendships. Looking to get away? We visit Caloundra and check out why it’s top of the list for Gold Coast families right now. Plus, with all the must-have back-to-school gear, freezable lunchbox recipes, books, games and more, we have everything to kick-start the kids’ 2021 school year.

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EDUCATION: We meet the early childhood teachers at Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure to see what’s in store.

TRAVEL: Looking to get away? Here’s why Caloundra should be top of your list for a family holiday this summer.

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FROM THE EDITOR ............................................................................................................... 3 WHAT’S ON: Events and activities for families........................................................................ 8 NEWS: Community news from across the Gold Coast............................................................ 12 CHECK THIS OUT: Kick-start your 2021 school year with these fab finds .................... 14 KINDY: Simple tips for nurturing your child’s first friendships................................................21 EARLY LEARNING: The Reggio Emilia Approach—what is it?........................................... 22 PROFILE: The learning journeys at Green Leaves Early Learning........................................ 24 PREP: A day in the life of a Preppie.......................................................................................... 26 HIGH SCHOOL: Managing the transition to high school—for teens and parents!........... 28 WELLBEING: How to reduce separation anxiety................................................................. 30 PARENTHOOD: The personalised books helping parents tackle the hard stuff ................ 37 RECIPE: Easy freezy lunchbox recipes.................................................................................... 39 CLASSIFIEDS: Family friendly products and services ......................................................... 41 REVIEWS: Books and apps for the family ............................................................................. 42

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UNTIL 26 JANUARY 2021 Boondall & Acacia Ridge www.iceworld.com.au Iceworld at Boondall and Acacia Ridge is the coolest place when the weather heats up! As well as two fabulous locations with Olympic sized rinks, they have fully stocked cafes, free skate hire, and a fabulously fun atmosphere for ice skating with friends!

SUMMER READING FESTIVAL UNTIL 24 JANUARY www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/ readingfestival Rediscover the joy of reading this summer and you could win an amazing GC family staycation! Join the festival activities in person or online, bag your staff picks by grabbing a ready-to-go bag of staff-recommended holiday reads, or create your own.

GOLDIE! THE UNTOLD STORY OF GOLDILOCKS

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A girl with golden hair, three chairs, three bowls of porridge, three beds… but this story is completely bear-free! Goldie is up to her tricks again—she doesn’t steal anything, she just likes breaking in and moving around their furniture. But this time she’s picked the wrong house and finds herself face to face with three of the meanest pigs in town!

UNTIL 27 JANUARY 2021 St Hilda’s School, Southport www.sthildas.qld.edu.au

St Hilda’s offer a fantastic Vacation Care and Holiday Camp Program for girls and boys aged 4-14. From jumping castles and face painting to Christmas cooking and days in the great outdoors, there are activities to ensure every child has an amazing school holidays.

Tunnel Ridge Ranch Summer School Holiday Camps 17 – 22 JANUARY 2021 | www.tunnelridge.com.au Tunnel Ridge Ranch, Landsborough

What better way to keep the kids busy than to send them to camp? Tunnel Ridge Ranch in Landsborough offers a fabulous set of camps for kids aged 10-15. Explore the stunning 40 acre Sunshine Coast Hinterland retreat and make friends with the 17 beautiful natured horses.

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Jurassic Creatures AT ROBINA TOWN CENTRE

UNTIL 31 JANUARY 2021 Robina Town Centre www.robinatowncentre.com.au

This roar-some interactive exhibition combines state-of-the-art animatronics and archaeology to bring the ancient world of dinosaurs back to life. Budding palaeontologists will love chipping away at fossils in the interactive fossil digging zone, getting creative with an array of arts and crafts, and playing in the Jurassic ball pit. K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

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ONLINE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CLASSES UNTIL 31 JANUARY 2021 Online www.stempunks.com

Design an airport, be a Crime Scene Investigator, explore space habitats, learn about drones and much more with these fun online STEM workshops. Designed and delivered by Australia’s best STEM Educators, with live learning support, your child can experience STEM in a fun and supportive environment.

Cool off and have fun this school holidays at GC Aqua Park, Broadwater Parklands!

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This huge course offers bucketloads of action for the whole family and has some of the highest water inflatables in Australia.

An interactive colouring book where you can colour, imagine worlds, and include your own drawings. Once you’ve completed your own mini storybook all about the Gold Coast, share your work with someone dear telling them about the wonderful place in which you live.

Children must be at least 5 years old and be able to swim. All children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

JUNIOR ECO RANGERS @ KINGFISHER BAY RESORT UNTIL 16 JANUARY 2021 Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island www.kingfisherbay.com Kingfisher Bay Resort’s popular Junior Eco Rangers program runs every school holiday period in addition to the resort’s regular weekly activities. Kids of all ages love these interactive wildlife experiences that create a greater connection to the environment of Fraser Island.

SEA MONSTERS

Prehistoric Ocean Predators UNTIL 30 MAY 2021 Queensland Museum www.seamonsters.qm.qld.gov.au

NUMBERWORKS’NWORDS SCHOOL HOLIDAY COURSES Burleigh: 18 – 21 JANUARY 2021 Chevron Island: 19 – 21 JANUARY 2021 www.numberworksnwords.com Kickstart the kids into gear this summer with a Maths and English school holiday course. The NumberWorks’nWords program helps to build confidence and establish a sense of accomplishment, setting them up for success this year.

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While dinosaurs may have ruled the land, giant marine reptiles hunted the depths of the sea. The Sea Monsters exhibition brings together real fossils from millions of years ago and gigantic replicas alongside hands-on interactives, including a 180º immersive video that puts you right inside the action. What can their fossilised bones tell us about how they lived? How do they compare to today’s top ocean predators? Discover the secrets of these monsters of the deep in this new exhibition.

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old Coast early education provider, Little Scholars, has launched a Mindfulness Program, hoping to instill the importance of mindfulness in young children. This comes after a concerning increase in anxiety, depression and stress in children. The program will see each of its nine centres equipped with a toolkit for children’s mental wellbeing, made up of exercises and games developed by a Gold Coast children’s counsellor to facilitate mindful moments. Founder and Managing Director of Little Scholars Jae Fraser says the rollout of this program is crucial to ensuring an environment for optimum learning and development in our youngest citizens. “The first five years of a child’s life

are fundamental to their future; this is a period of rapid brain development where the habits and behaviours that will carry them into adulthood are formed. Mindfulness is an extremely useful tool for instilling healthy stress management and emotional selfregulation in children—a skill which we know leads to a happier and brighter life,” said Jae. Child Psychotherapist and Founder of Mindful & Co Kids Jacqueline Yeats says, “I’m delighted to be working with Little Scholars in implementing the Mindful & Co Kids Toolkit across their centres.” The toolkit will be integrated into the daily learning program at Little Scholars across all age groups, with exercises such as the ABC’s of Mindfulness, Yoga Flashcards and Memory Cards.

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tiny fish is helping scientists understand how the human brain processes sound, while also giving insight into autism spectrum disorder. Scientists at The University of Queensland studied zebrafish, which carry the same genetic mutations as humans with Fragile X syndrome and autism, and discovered the neural networks and pathways that produce the hypersensitivities to sound in both species. By studying how zebrafish make sense of their world, the team could explore how neurons work together to process information. “Loud noises often cause sensory overload and anxiety in people with autism and Fragile X syndrome,” said Dr Constantin from the Queensland Brain Institute. “We think

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the brain is transmitting more auditory information because it is not being filtered and adjusted as normal.” The team recorded the brain activity of zebrafish larvae while showing them movies or exposing them to bursts of sound. “The movies simulate movement or predators—the reaction to these visual stimuli was the same for fish with Fragile X mutations and those without,” Dr Constantin said. “But when we gave the fish a burst of white noise, there was a dramatic difference in the brain activity in Fragile X model fish.” “We hope that by discovering fundamental information about how the brain processes sound, we will gain further insights into the sensory difficulties faced by people with Fragile X syndrome and autism.” K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U


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DAYCARE SWAGGIES Our fav place for daycare essentials, Daycare Swaggies is your one-stop shop for being organised and bang on-trend for daycare 2021. Already well known for their genius Bedding Swaggie, which simplifies all daycare bedding into one roll-up bedding solution, this gorgeous site now also has everything needed to start daycare in the one place: bedding, lunchboxes, drink bottles, backpacks and more. #AddToCartBaby. www.daycareswaggies.com

MULTI-USE MIXED LABELS PACK This multi-use mixed labels pack is designed to save you time and money. Use them on anything, regardless of texture or size—gloves, pencils, blazers, garage boxes, you name it! If you use them on clothes, iron them down to make them permanent. $39.95 www.stuckonyou.com.au

WEE GALLERY ‘SWING SLOW SLOTH’ CLOTH BOOK This gorgeous cloth book is a great introduction to different animals and textures for young infants. The soft book marries fresh design with engaging content, and features high contrast black and white images suitable for young babies. $19.95 www.urbanbaby.com.au

COLOUR-IN CAKE TOPPERS A fun and unique activity for kids’ birthday parties, these cake toppers are designed for kids to colour in! Perfect for topping home-baked cupcakes and available in a range of designs, each pack comes with a set of six Sugar Crafty edible markers and 12 edible icing cupcake toppers. Designs include unicorns, pirates, dinosaurs, princesses and seasonal favourites. $25 // www.topmycake.com.au

TRAPPED: ESCAPE ROOM GAME PACKS Designed by escape room experts, the three TRAPPED game packs contain the components needed to turn any room into a live-action puzzle. The family-friendly games are designed to get everyone up and about, thinking, talking and having fun. They are suitable for players eight years old and upwards. Available at all good toy stores. RRP: $20

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FLIPSLIDES A simple, sustainable alternative to the flip-flop! With their comfortable, classic design, Flipslides are made of natural rubber that is sustainably tapped from rubber trees. Natural rubber is also waterproof, durable, supportive and better for your skin. Manufactured ethically using natural renewable materials, They are kind to the earth, your feet and your wallet. $34 www.biome.com.au

These gorgeous bilingual cards help kids learn yoga and mindfulness—and another language—through play. Comes as 15 matching pairs with pose names written in two languages (English and either Mandarin, French, Spanish or Indonesian). The set includes a guidebook printed on recycled paper with pose descriptions and game ideas, and comes in a calico drawstring bag. RRP $39 www.mettaplay.com

OSMO MATH WIZARD - MAGICAL WORKSHOP Quell the anxiety around maths through this fun, hands-on, adventure-driven game where kids learn maths by touching, manipulating, and experimenting with how it is used everyday. Kids brew potions with dragon claws and sparkle dust to master place value, and continue their quest by counting balloons to help dragons fly! Ages 6-8. RRP: $99.99 // www.playosmo.com

DALMATIAN DOTS CLOTH NAPPY COLLECTION One of the most on-trend designs from their Pet Party Collection, these gorgeous Dalmatian Dots cloth nappies are spot-on for little ones. With playful characters dotted around the designs, Bambino Mio’s Pet Party collection offers a range of All-In-One and TwoPiece options, inserts and accessories. RRP: $29 www.bambinomio.com.au K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

MAY GIBBS BABY SWIMWEAR For more than 100 years, May Gibbs’ stories have inspired children and adults. This summer, the team at Walnut Melbourne has combined her iconic Australian folklore with their much-loved baby apparel to produce an adorable range of baby swimwear. The range includes an assortment of hats, tees, dresses, pants, togs and summer onesies. www.walnutmelbourne.com www.maygibbs.org J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2020

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hoosing the right kindy program for your child can be overwhelming. Most centres today have fabulous facilities, so how else do you determine which is best for your family? Often left as an afterthought on the kindy checklist, yet one of the most important factors in your child’s kindy journey, is their early childhood teacher. We tour the facilities, check their inclusions, research their programs, and check they meet all the specified industry standards. Yet, if the teacher isn’t good enough, the program will fall flat—no matter how impressive the facilities are. However, mix an amazing early childhood teacher with state-of-the-art facilities and your child may just have the best year yet. “A passionate and highly skilled early

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childhood teacher is at the heart of our Sanctuary kindy program,” says Lauren Hall founder and owner of Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure. “We provide the absolute highest levels of education, experiences and care, supported by exceptional facilities and quality programming. But it’s a special sort of early childhood teacher that takes that and turns it into a magical learning experience each day for the children.” To find the right early childhood teacher, Lauren believes it’s imperative that their values and passions fully align with those of the centre. “We ensure that our teachers’ beliefs and teaching approaches wholly match our centres’ philosophies,” explains Lauren. “This ensures that they will be as passionate as we are about each child’s journey.” K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U


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The Sanctuary approach is a play-based, nature-centric one, with a focus on mind and body health. “We believe there needs to be an holistic approach in this fast paced technological world we live in, not only to ensure that our children can keep up with education and technology, but to provide an outlet for them to explore their creative flair through art, music and sports,” says Lauren. “It is fundamental to also ensure they can slow their mind and bodies down and understand the importance of rest and relaxation through practices such as yoga, meditation, mindfulness and general self-awareness.”

MEET THE 2021 EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHERS JOANNE MAGUIRE Early Childhood Teacher teacher, Soaring Seagulls room, Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure, Maudsland

I come with many years experience teaching Kindergarten and it’s what I truly love to do. I strongly believe in helping shape lifelong happy little learners that feel safe and secure in the environment that I share with them. Of course I cannot achieve this without your help. So I always look to partnering with parents so we can share this journey together. School readiness is at the forefront of my practice. This is not only important to you as the parent, or me as the teacher, but to your child. We achieve this together with many wonderful experiences via two key communication strategies: Communication through literacy Reading and creating stories, retelling texts, recounts of significant events, through one-on-one and group discussions and reflections. This is not about reading and K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

A play-based program with a focus on sustainable practices

writing but rather introducing the concepts and celebrating each stage (as there are many). Your child will learn how to listen and be in tune with their surroundings before reading and writing can begin. Communication through numeracy Patterning, sequencing, understanding shapes and their components, estimating, predicting, learning value and what numbers mean in everyday situations. We also focus on resilience and learning the concepts of being healthy in mind and body. The children will continue to learn to believe in themselves as capable and successful learners and how they fit in their world (which is extremely important for school readiness). And we focus on sustainable practices, cultural differences, exciting projects led by the children, and much much more in between. I work closely with all families to ensure the children reach their fullest potential and the year will be filled with fun, learning, mess, hugs and lots of laughs. J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2021

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THERE NEEDS TO BE AN HOLISTIC APPROACH IN THIS FAST PACED TECHNOLOGICAL WORLD.

BRENDON PHILLIPSON Early Childhood Teacher, Creative Coral Room, Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure, Maudsland I have worked in early childhood education for over ten years and completed my Bachelor of Education in 2016. Since 2017 I have been working full time as a teacher in the early childhood sector where my passion lies. My wife and I have beautiful seven-month-old twins who keep us busy and have filled our lives with so much joy. Becoming a parent has further emphasised the value of the work I am lucky enough to do each day and the importance of working closely with families to best support the learning and development of the children in my care.  The first five years of a child's life are so important developmentally and, as such, impact their future learning and life outcomes. For this reason I take an holistic approach to teaching which provides opportunities for children to explore and extend on their strengths and interests while learning through play. Children learn best through play, and by offering rich and varied play experiences each day, I aim to instil in children a lifelong love of learning and thirst for knowledge.  I also believe in keeping experiences authentic and using authentic resources as much as possible in learning. Authentic resources provoke interest, nurture children’s appreciation of beauty and engage the senses. Unlike plastic toys, which typically have a set purpose and limited learning outcome, authentic resources often have multiple purposes and provide children with the opportunity to experience a range of textures, size, shape and weights. Lastly—and importantly— authentic resources are a sustainable alternative to plastic toys.

USING AUTHENTIC RESOURCES

Forget manufactured child-sized toys, these types of real, everyday resources offer children more meaningful experiences of exploration and discovery. Through real-life authentic resources, opportunities for intrigue, curiosity and purpose are ignited. Authentic resources like real drinking glasses, tea sets and water jugs encourage a child's independence.

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s the new school year approaches, many of our littlest ones are preparing for the exciting step of starting Kindergarten. “Your child’s kindergarten years are an exciting time where they will start to focus on building friendships as they become more interested in playing with others and working in teams,” says Edge Early Learning CEO Annie Bryce. Making friends is an essential part of growing up and also helps to develop the social and emotional skills required for starting school. Friendships teach a child empathy and altruism, whilst also helping to develop their own identity and self-esteem. And, as they mature, friends are a vital support network in navigating the more challenging times. Good friendships can also have a positive influence on a child’s classroom learning. Children that don’t feel comfortable in their environment find it harder to learn. Having strong relationships is an integral part of making children feel welcome. “We strongly believe in building powerful relationships that promote inspiration in early learning,” says Annie. “Strong relationships between our team and our families, the children and their educators, and between the children as they form friendships.” It is important for children to manage their own friendships, but there are many things parents can quietly do from the side lines to support this journey. HELP YOUR CHILD TO DEVELOP POSITIVE SOCIAL SKILLS FROM AN EARLY AGE. Understanding the importance of sharing, listening

to each other and taking someone else’s feelings into account are all important parts of positive social interaction. Guide your child to read social situations and interact positively. MODEL GOOD FRIENDSHIPS. Let your child see how friendships work by letting them see you with your friends.

NURTURE THEIR INTERESTS. As your child discovers their own interests, help them find other children with similar likes. If they don’t have any stand-out interests yet, encourage them to try new things. CONVERSATION STARTERS. Help your child become more confident in starting conversations by having regular conversations together and guiding them towards appropriate topics that they could use to start one. You can even role play what they might say! This is particularly useful for older children who might feel anxious or shy. CHOOSE A KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM THAT ACTIVELY SUPPORTS SOCIAL GROWTH. The Kindergarten room is where most

first friendships begin, so attending a Kindergarten that supports social growth is vital. Programs such as the Active Early Learning Curriculum can significantly help with this. “We have partnered with the Australian College of Physical Literacy to implement the AEL Curriculum, harnessing the importance of learning through structured games in team settings,” explains Annie. “The AEL Curriculum not only promotes the development of strong physical motor skills, but also supports your child in developing their social, emotional, and cognitive skills to ensure that they feel confident starting school.” ENCOURAGE FRIENDSHIPS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO YOUR CHILD. If there is a friendship that your child values, take time to

nurture it – even if the kids are at different schools. Create time for them to see friends outside their school days. RESPECT YOUR CHILD’S PERSONALITY. Some children may have heaps of friends, others may only need one or two to feel content and may even feel overwhelmed by more. If your child is nurtured and happy, they will develop positive friendships in their own way.

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THE REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH WHAT IS IT AND HOW IS IT EMBEDDED IN THE CLASSROOM? The Reggio Emilia Approach has steadily been gaining popularity in early learning centres across Australia. But what exactly is it? We chat to Debra North, founder of The Nest Early Education Centre of Excellence, to find out. 22

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We have a large natural playspace that WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO we intentionally left open for the children. INTRODUCE THE REGGIO EMILIA As the centre develops and the children’s APPROACH TO YOUR CENTRES? interest in this space grows, it will become We have been exploring and embedding somewhere that they can visit, build cubby the Reggio Approach at our early learning houses, plant their own trees, ground centres over the past six years. Our centres themselves on natural grass and enjoy this have been rated as ‘exceeding’ for decades, extension to our already large, bespoke so we have always provided a first-rate play spaces. early education and kept abreast of all To provide the best Reggio experience, The the innovative approaches to early years Nest has two designated art studios—spaces education. However, we felt the Reggio where the children can be creative and leave Emilia Approach could add further depth their creations to relaunch and excellence to our service. later. There is no need to pack Central to the Reggio away or clean up; instead we Emilia Approach is that Reggio educators respect the creative process we see the children as are with the children and allow it to unfold as the truly competent and child’s curiosities develop. capable beings—they are and there for the We have also developed the masters of their own children; they’re a dedicated creative music learning and, if exposed in partnership with learning space and we have to a quality early learning their learning. visions for specialist drama journey, will develop a and music coaches sharing lifelong love of learning, their love of the creative arts discovery and curiosity with with the children. Again, we believe that the the world around them. small group experience is essential in truly It has been a continual journey for us and developing the interests of the children. one that we take very seriously—we have Children can come and go from these spaces spent years engaging in training, workshops, freely during the day—fully supervised and visiting other Reggio-inspired centres to and scaffolded by our early childhood deliver a truly authentic Reggio experience. specialists—and immerse themselves in what interests them and extends upon their HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM passions. P L AY-B A S E D L E A R N I N G ? To ensure this emphasis on environment While play-based learning and emergent continues into the outdoor spaces, we curriculum has its place, our approach worked with leading playscape designer extends beyond this. We allow the children WEARTHY. We have an outdoor playscape to direct their own play. Our highly that features not only natural learning specialised teachers are careful observers, environments that are developmentally acknowledging and valuing their play and sophisticated, but environments that also ensuring that their play has a purpose. In the promote sustainable concepts that foster Reggio Approach, your child’s voice is highly a sense of self-worth, respect, resilience, valued when it comes to their learning. gratitude for our environment, and a These methods are proven to create better compassion for living beings. We carefully developmental outcomes for the children incorporated beneficial risky play areas— as we view them as active participants in these spaces challenge the children with constructing their own knowledge. height, speed and other physical elements that extend on the children’s physicality. H O W D O E S E N V I R O N M E N T P L AY The bold creativity in our bespoke outdoor A PART? classrooms will ensure that Nest children Loris Malaguzzi, founder of The Reggio will develop a love and respect for nature Emilia Approach, believed that the while they are playing and exploring. ‘environment is the third teacher’. The environment is considered integral in our HOW IS THE REGGIO EMILIA teaching process and has underpinned the APPROACH USED IN THE development and design of The Nest and CL ASSROOM? our other boutique early learning centres. From the moment you walk into our The moment you walk into our centres, you centres you will notice that we are not a will feel a sense of calm; the specialised ‘cookie cutter’ centre. Our educators and environments speak for themselves!  K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

teachers truly understand and embody child development, with a holistic and inclusive approach to documentation and curriculum. Many of our educators have worked with us for over a decade. Everyday, they show our quality training, mentoring, experience and commitment to the early years field. Reggio educators are with the children and there for the children; they’re in partnership with their learning. With each activity, together they explore the possibilities of ‘where can we take the learning from here?’ This collaborative approach extends to our relationships with families. The Reggio Approach sees the family, the teacher and the child all as integral parts in the child’s early learning journey, which is something we truly value. We get to know you and your family and become part of your ‘village’. HOW DOES THAT FIT INTO D AY-T O -D AY C H I L D C A R E ? By bringing this nurturing philosophy into a childcare environment, it means children get absolutely everything they need. As well as providing a quality learning journey each day, our centre is all inclusive, with all music, art, yoga and sports programs included as part of our day to-day care. Nutritious meals, nappies, hats and anything else families need throughout the day are provided too. We know how busy life is for our families and endeavour to make their experience with us as smooth as possible! WHAT ARE THE LIFE-LONG BENEFITS OF STARTING A LEARNING JOURNEY WITH REGGIO EMILIA? Reggio inspiration ensures that the children are developing as independent beings; building confidence and becoming researchers in their own life-long journey.

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DISCOVERING THE RIGHT LEARNING JOURNEYS for your child

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eveloping school transitioning capabilities is an individual journey for each child. Green Leaves Early Learning Reedy Creek supports the growth and development of each child through innovatively formed curriculums to meet individualised learning styles. Located on Observatory Drive, this boutique centre boasts four Learning Hubs across two floors and welcomes up to 76 children per day.

Learning journeys This centre incorporates the latest expertise for early learning and child development during the foundational years, specifically from 6 weeks to 6 years. They promote pedagogical practices such as play-based learning to support a child’s lifelong success through autonomous and investigative learning. Green Leaves Early Learning treats each child as a valued community member with their own personality, voice and ideas.

Nursery With more brain activity occurring between birth and three years of age than in any other time in a person’s life, the formative years are critical. The highly-skilled educators at Green Leaves Early Learning recognise and value the importance of maintaining babies’ daily care routines, whilst building a sense of belonging and emotional well-being. Interactions between babies and Educators include engaging daily activities such as music classes, sensory play and outdoor exploration that help to support the development of an infant’s sense of self.

Toddlers At Green Leaves Early Learning, the approach

to self-discovery is multi-faceted. Their aim is to develop a toddler’s cognitive, language, auditory, social, literacy, emotional and physical development. Toddler learning journeys contain a daily rhythmic routine, which assists them to transition well between structured activities and free play. Toddlers excitedly experiment with instruments in their music lessons, enjoy the relaxation of their yoga classes, and engage in expressive arts. Through their curriculum and the use of high-quality sustainable materials and resources, the educators recognise the important role they play in guiding our children to protect and cherish their natural world.

Kindergarten Green Leaves’ kindergarten curriculums make learning fun! Their Reedy Creek centre starts preparing their children for the transition to formal schooling in their Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten rooms. Play-based learning experiences are designed from children’s individual interests and provide lesson material for the Bachelor trained early childhood teachers. Through well designed programs, children explore concepts and methods pertaining to literacy, science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM), numeracy, environmental awareness and social and emotional understanding. Green Leaves early learning programs align with the Australian Government’s Early Years Learning Framework (ELYF), with a focus on creating an atmosphere of belonging, being and becoming. Green Leaves Early Learning is excited to see their current Kindergarten children move into the next phase of learning in early 2021, entering the wider world with confidence, curiosity and a lifelong desire to learn.

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ello everyone! My name is Juke and I am in Prep A at Coomera Anglican College. I want to tell you all about my day in Prep. I start College at 8.30am and go to my classroom. My friends and I get organised, which means unpacking my bag and taking out my lunch box, fruit, hat and water bottle. This is so I can find all of my belongings later in the day. I line up outside my classroom until it’s time to go inside to join all my friends and enjoy some inside activities. DISCOVER A LOVE FOR LEARNING Once the bell goes, it’s time to say goodbye to my mum or dad, so my learning time can begin. Today, I am learning all about new sounds. We do this every day and I really like all the fun games we get to play. We listen for the sounds we hear in words. We play a game called ‘Sound Hunt’. We have to try and find where all the sounds are hiding. I am up to five sounds so far and I get better every day. Once we have had a busy morning of activities and practising saying our words, it is time for a brain break. We make sure we bring in a ‘good choice’ food such as fruit. We get to play with our friends too and do some outside activities. Next, we go inside the classroom for some writing. We work on things that help us to become better writers such as our posture, pencil grip and control. We also practise using scissors. READING, WRITING AND CHINESE Now it’s time to read. We use books called decodable readers. Decoding is a big word that means ‘work it out’. The more sounds I

can recognise, the more words I will be able to read. Phew, all that reading is hard work… it must be time for morning tea! I love to play on the playground and go down the slides. Is that the bell already? It’s now time to work on my counting. I am learning to read, write and make up numbers that equal ten. I also learn about shapes and how to work out number patterns. After our Maths work, we have a Chinese lesson. We are learning about colour and what colours mean in Chinese culture. All that learning is making me hungry. Lunch time! This is my favourite playtime because it’s the longest. I enjoy having lots of time with my friends in the playground, I love the sandpit andplaying soccer. After lunch, we head over to The Pod. This is a really cool place where we can borrow books and sit and listen to a story. We talk about the book and find out what sorts of things we like to read about. This helps me to choose books that I want to borrow. We head back to the classroom to learn about the weather and its effects on all the living things on our planet. My afternoon is filled with discovering wonderful things about Science and Technology. We have iPads in our classroom that we share. IT’S TIME TO PACK MY BAG AND GET READY TO GO HOME SOON Before we go, we have a Show and Tell and we all vote for our favourite book to read together. I finish College at 3.10pm. I can’t wait to tell my mum and dad about all the things I have learned today.

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ew school, new teachers, new subjects, new routine, new friends, new uniform… all for a child who is currently experiencing massive developmental change both physically and emotionally. It’s no surprise that the transition to high school can be an unsettling time! This transition can also be a big shift for parents. There are many ‘this is the last time they will…’ moments when primary school is left behind and, at this age, children are moving into the stage of not wanting their parent to be as visible anymore. So, what might be some of the feelings and emotions that pop up for our children and how can we best support them during this transitional time, whilst also being mindful of our own feelings and experiences? During this time, it is important to remember that having mixed feelings about trusting they will be caught? I believe this is the imminent changes you and your child a little like parenting, especially as your child are going through is really normal. There transitions through a change in their lives. might be lots of excitement yet, as the start You want them to know you are there if they date approaches, this may turn to feelings need you. You want them to know that if they of concern, fear, worry and anxiety. Just fall, you will catch them, and that your hands like when starting a new job, it can be a are there whenever they need them and until nerve-wracking time. And the they pick themselves up. “Having mixed feeling of uncertainty may be felt Supporting children through even more acutely this year due such huge milestones can be feelings about to many high school transition fun and exciting. It can also the imminent programs, parent information changes you and be exhausting, tiring and sessions and social activities emotionally depleting, especially your child are being cancelled in 2020. when our glass may already be going through is half empty. When you are going through really normal.” change or transitions in your life, So, for those times when we what helps you the most? The feel like we don’t have much left knowledge that you have someone who has in our reserve, find those people that have your back. Kids are no different. our back and can help us to refill our cup, So, this article is a little reminder that through coffee with other parents, laughter what is most important to your child with our friends, time with our family or through this transition is…YOU! time for ourselves.   Have you ever done that team-building What we do know is that when we are exercise where you stand in a circle and the supported as parents, our kids do better. person in the middle has to fall backwards By Jolanda at Parentline

TRANSITION TIPS • During the school holidays, walk/bike/drive past the school. If possible, point out various buildings while looking at the school map. • Practise travelling to and from school. • Become familiar with school routines such as bell times and timetables. • Help your child prepare for school, getting uniforms ready and packing their bag. Having a checklist can be helpful for some children as it provides a sense of organisation and calm. • Be positive before and after school, and ask them about their day. For more than one word answers, get creative with your questions: ‘Can you tell me about what you enjoyed most at school today?’ • Encourage your child to talk about their feelings by asking, ‘How did that make you feel?’

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very child responds differently to being separated from their parent, and this is always apparent during the first few days of Prep. Tears, tantrums and clinginess are all common emotional reactions, but they can cause distress and ongoing issues if not well managed. Here are some tips to reduce anxiety for a positive start to Prep: P R E PA R AT I O N I S KE Y The more comfortable and familiar your child feels about school life, the more relaxed and less anxious they will be on their first day of Prep. There are many ways you can help them understand what to expect: • Attend all Prep Orientation and ‘Meet the Teacher’ events run by your child’s new school. • Some schools have playgroups that meet on the school campus. These provide an excellent opportunity for your child to become familiar with the school surroundings. • Organise play dates with other kids starting school at the same time as your child. • Get your child used to spending time away from you. This could be time spent with grandparents or attending a sporting activity. It’s important that they practise saying goodbye to you and have positive experiences away from you. • Spend time playing ‘school’ together (this can be a fascinating insight into what your child is expecting). Read books to them

Be positive and reassuring about your child's new school adventure.

about starting school and discuss the storylines. • Take the journey to school together a few times and show your child where they will enter and be picked up. • Go over the school routine with your child, so that they know what to expect. Young children often have no real concept of time. Outline a distinct beginning, middle and end, with checkpoints that punctuate the day, such as morning tea and lunchtime. • Teach them how to ask questions. One of the scariest things can be not knowing what to do or who to ask if they have a problem. Talk through some scenarios with your child to help them prepare. BE CONFIDENT BUT ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR EMOTIONS Children will pick up on their parents’ stress and fears. Be positive and reassuring about your child’s new school adventure and show them that you trust their teachers. Be excited to find out about their school day. Children need to feel that their emotions are valued. Saying things like “Don’t be silly” or “There’s nothing to worry about,” may make them think you don’t understand. Show empathy: “You’re finding this a bit scary, right?”, “I can see you’re worried about being without me.” Explain that it’s okay to feel that way and that you will miss them too. E S TA B L I S H A G O O D BY E R O U T I N E Talking to your child about what will happen when that first morning bell rings will ensure there are no scary surprises. Sneaking away without saying goodbye often makes things worse and may lead to your child feeling confused and more difficult to settle the next day. Instead, let your child know that you are leaving and that you will be back later. Short goodbyes are always better. Lingering can lead to more anxiety as they anticipate your departure. A hug, kiss and brief goodbye will suffice. Make sure you firmly plant a bright smile on your face, even if you’re not feeling it. Fake it until you both make it through an amazing first day of Prep! By the Prep tream at King’s Christian College www.kingscollege.qld.edu.au

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Harmony Early Learning Journey has opened a new contemporary childcare centre on the Gold Coast. We swing by Hope Island to find out more.

new childcare centre opens its doors in Hope Island in January 2021, offering an impressive programme for children aged from birth to five years. The newly renovated centre, located on Halcyon Way, will cater for up to 230 children a day throughout 12 age-specific studios and a dedicated shared art studio. Jasmine Facey Centre Manager at Harmony Early Learning Hope Island said that Harmony’s vision is to nurture development that allows every child to discover their unlimited potential. “Our environments provide a space where children can develop into strong, confident, happy, and healthy individuals—in both mind and body.” The centre has implemented an holistic approach to early learning, based on extensive research and the work of renowned inspirational theorists. “Guided by Harmony’s consulting Head of Curriculum, early learning expert Dr Deborah Harcourt, our qualified educators draw on the knowledge and philosophies of these theorists to create an environment that allows for exceptional learning and development,” said Jasmine. The curriculum is built on the RIE philosophy—based on the respectful practices and life works of renowned childcare educators Magda Gerber and researcher and paediatrician, Dr Emmi

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Pikler. “Essentially, this is a philosophy that empowers children to be competent and confident in their bodies and abilities—one that ‘allows children to solve problems without interference’. Contemporary early childhood education, however, also means developing 21st century skills. “We embrace the 21st century skill sets that children will need as global citizens,” said Jasmine. “These include critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, innovation, communication and collaboration.” “We have also been exploring an additional set of skills that we believe may help to enhance the above. These skills include being compassionate, kind, respectful, mindful, empathetic, socially-just, resilient, selfaware, and intellectually inquisitive.” The beautifully planned outdoor playscapes include plants, sand, hay, vegetable and herb gardens, rocks, mounds, forts and water play, allowing children to capture their own interests. The outdoor naturalistic space also promotes and allows children to be courageous. “The concept of courageous play may seem in contrast to the need for young children to be nurtured in a safe environment,” Jasmine explained. “However, best practice shows the importance of incorporating adventurous play into a child’s early learning.” The service also includes a daily focus on

art, physical literacy and yoga, nutritious and tasty meals for the children freshly prepared each day by onsite chefs. There is also a café service at the entry, allowing families to pick up a coffee or bite to eat while they are there, or for the drive to work in the mornings. Conveniently, there is also a Rackleys swim school located right next door.

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LOOKING TO GET AWAY? HERE'S WHY CALOUNDRA SHOULD BE TOP OF YOUR LIST

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ocated just an hour north of Brisbane, Caloundra is the southern gateway to the Sunshine Coast. And, with stunning beaches and a laid-back “everything’s too easy” charm, it’s the perfect quick getaway for Gold Cost families. Yet, explore beyond the gorgeous beaches of the southern Sunshine Coast and you’ll discover a bucket-load of fun for families.

KIDS ATTRACTIONS From karting to koalas, there’s a huge range of experiences and activities for kids of all ages. Here are some of our favourites. QUEENSLAND AIR MUSEUM: This family friendly museum is the largest and most diverse aviation museum in Australia and it's a great place for kids to explore. With over 94 lovingly restored historically significant aircraft, this impressive slice of aviation history makes for a fab day out with the family. AUSSIE WORLD: Just a hop and a skip from Caloundra, Aussie World is THE theme park on the Sunshine Coast. With rides for all ages—from the Toot Toot Train for the little ones through to the heart-stopping Redback—there’s a whole day of fun to be had for the whole family. ADVENTURE EMPIRE: Located in the heart of Caloundra, Adventure Empire is the perfect

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place for a rainy day or for when you need a little respite from the sun. This huge indoor climbing and bouldering centre offers a fun, safe environment for little climbers of all abilities. The main climbing area is suitable for ages 6 and above, while Little Monkey's Club is perfect for ages 4-10. BIG KART TRACK: An easy 15-minute drive from Caloundra, Big Kart Track is the largest commercial go-karting track in Australia. Put your helmets on, buckle up and race around the track in the streamlined 270cc karts. The adult track is for those over 152cm tall and 12 years or older. The kids track doesn’t have a height restriction but kids must be over 7 years old to drive. There are also tandem karts for kids aged between 3-6 years old who are accompanied by an adult. AUSTRALIA ZOO: Just five minutes from the Big Kart Track and home to the Crocodile Hunter, Australia Zoo is a must-do for any family visiting the Sunshine Coast. Experience the ultimate wildlife adventure with impressive shows, wandering wildlife and animal encounters. K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U


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SPLASH AND PLAY One of our favourite things to do in Caloundra with kids is to hire a boat from Bill’s Boat and Bike Hire and explore the pristine North Bribie Island National Park and its unspoiled beaches, or take a cruise along Ramsar Listed Pumicestone Passage. Cruising one of the most stunning waterways on the Sunshine Coast is a fun and relaxing way to spend the day. BILL’S BOAT HIRE has watercraft to suit every family: BBQ pontoon boats, fishing pontoon boats, half cabin cruisers, tinnies, and double and single kayaks. If you prefer pedal power, pick up a four wheel surrey bike, perfect for families to safely explore the Coastal Pathway. Make sure you stop off at KING’S BEACH for a splash and a play. Explore the rock pools, play in the kid-friendly water fountain, take a dip in the oceanfront saltwater swimming pool. The grassy area is perfect for ball games and a picnic or there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat directly across from the beach. Want to go where the locals go? LITTLE MOUNTAIN AQUATIC CENTRE is a newly constructed pool and a hidden gem loved by the locals. It has a fenced play area and cafe and other great facilities for the little ones. Or for those with energy to burn, head to GRAHAME STEWART PARK AT CURRIMUNDI , where there is a huge kids bike track, basketball hoops, and a fullyfenced enormous playground.

FAMILY FRIENDLY MARKETS Caloundra is home to some of the Sunshine Coast’s best markets for families. Don’t miss the renowned NIGHTQUARTER , which relocated from the Gold Coast to Birtinya (just 10 minutes from Caloundra). Enjoy innovative eats, live music, immersive experiences and more. Open Friday and Saturday 4–10pm, and Sunday 12–6pm.

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are held every Sunday (8am-1pm) and feature over 120 unique stalls with something for everyone. And with a large range of both food and artisan stalls, the Caloundra Twilight Markets are held on the last Friday of each month from 5pm-9pm. K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

STAY Ideally located at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra is the perfect spot to base yourself for a few days. Here’s some of our favourite places to stay. THE OAKS OASIS RESORT

With lush tropical grounds, a newly refurbished fun-filled waterpark, resortstyle pool, putt-putt golf and more, The Oaks is a family favourite. The apartments are spacious, the onsite restaurant is really good and it’s super close to the beach and the bustling hub of Caloundra. CALOUNDRA HOUSE AND CAMPING BOATS

For somewhere truly unique to snooze, why not pick up a house boat and spend a few nights on the water! Cruise along Pumicestone Passage and relax on deck, surrounded by the serenity of the National Park. WATERMARK RESORT

Centrally located, absolute waterfront accommodation, with three sparkling pools and all the facilities every family could wish for. All apartments have private patio or balcony with water views. DICKY BEACH HOLIDAY PARK

With direct access to Dicky Beach, this holiday park has a variety of accomodation options, ranging from camping to caravans to studio units. There is a swimming pool, full size tennis court, children’s playground, BBQs and a recreation room. Plus, there are plenty of dining options nearby. For more ideas, head to visitsunshinecoast.com J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2021

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he Summer Reading Club is on again this summer and this year Gold Coast Libraries have an exciting GC family staycation at the newly renovated Paradise Resort Gold Coast to giveaway! Read your way through the holidays. Join the festival activities in person or online, bag your staff picks by grabbing a ready-to-go bag of staff-recommended holiday reads, or create your own with help from the friendly library team.  Escape with a great novel, download books and magazines to your device, explore an interest or fuel your hobby. Whatever you’re into, Gold Coast Libraries, has something just for you!  Get the whole family reading, and the more you all read, the more chances you’ll have to win a family staycation at Paradise Resort Gold Coast.  Taking part is easy! Simply read or listen to three titles and submit a competition entry form—either online or in-person at your local library —to go into the draw to win.

Entries close on 24 January

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PERSONALISED KIDS’ BOOKS

helping parents handle the hard stuff Guiding children through their trauma following the 7.8 magnitude 2016 Kaikoura earthquake inspired an award-winning children’s book.

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s the earthquake shook, shuddered and lurched, I held my son tightly. Gripped by primal fear, I had the horrific realisation I might fail, as a mother, to protect my children. Glass smashed, wood splintered, and brick chimneys crashed through roofing iron. Our fragility was in stark contrast against this monstrous force of nature. In the following months, I guided my children through the trauma and the changes caused by that experience. They became my greatest teachers. They were unflinchingly vulnerable, honest and questioning as they reconciled their feelings, memories and physical bodily responses. They taught me, unfiltered, what it looks like to take on trauma and to release it. During times they needed my presence and attention, I learnt more patience. I developed more compassion, not just for them, but also for myself in appreciating how time and expression play an unavoidable role in healing. Young children make no excuse for the journey of their healing process; unlike us, they haven’t been conditioned to ‘put on a brave face’. For my own healing to occur, they taught me to surrender to the nature of that journey. I noticed that, as long as we provided love and continuity, they’d easily adapt to the changes around them. We had to move house four times in two years. They showed me that home is not a ‘what’ or a ‘where’, home is a ‘who’. In material terms, the earthquake took a great deal, but what it gave us were the seeds from which our resilience grew. K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

The personalised picture books are designed to help children cope with the challenges and changes they face.

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“For a child, every new milestone or event has magnitude, their frame of reference for life’s experience is limited to the few years they’ve spent living it.”

As parents, we’re all just ‘winging it’

“I wanted to have the right words at the right moment.”

Added to the mentally, physically and emotionally demanding nature of parenting itself, the pressure to get it right for our kids is all too real. Not to mention, juggling life’s other responsibilities. It’s no wonder our anxiety is skyrocketing. Being a primary caregiver, especially when children are very young, can bring feelings of isolation, inadequacy and overwhelm. This was certainly my experience and a sentiment shared by my peers. I felt what many other parents must feel— through the most defining moments of our children’s lives, it seems like we’re just ‘winging it’, making it up as we go along. For a child, every new milestone or event has magnitude; their frame of reference for life’s experience is limited to the few years they’ve spent living it. While it’s almost impossible for us to relate to, it’s these experiences that are shaping their lives. I no longer wanted to feel I was ‘winging it’, I wanted to have the right words at the right moment.

Making parenting a little bit easier Discussing this with friend, and now business partner, Flicka Williams, we talked about how we could make the tricky job of parenting a little bit easier. We had the idea to create personalised children’s books that would foster resilience,

Hannah Davison is the author and co-founder of the award-winning initiative, My Big Moments, a personalised picture book series designed to help children cope with challenges, changes and milestones they face. There are currently five titles in the My Big Moments book range: Ready for School The Hospital Visit Goodbye Comet Baby on the Way That’s Not the Plan

confidence and adaptability through big events in kids’ lives. Underpinning each book concept would be consultation with child development, neuroscience and play therapy experts, so parents could feel confident in the credibility of the ideas and techniques interwoven throughout the stories. Research studies have found personalisation to be an effective way to inform, engage and enchant children, helping them to absorb and recall information encountered through storytelling. Thinking innovatively, we decided to make use of the latest digital and print technologies.

How to raise resilient kids Resiliency in kids is primarily determined by strong emotional connections with parents and caregivers in an environment that feels safe and secure. That quiet story time, when parent and child sit together, creates the perfect situation for building those strong, secure connections. By exploring the story’s ideas and discussing how to handle their own situations, kids learn that when they need somewhere reliable to go to for help and support, they will find that with their parents. Reading a My Big Moments book creates a powerful dynamic for supporting children’s development. Through engaging storytelling, well-researched concepts, and encouraging oneon-one time for parent and child, the books are an effective but playful way for kids to approach big moments in life with curiosity and confidence.

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FREEZABLE LUNCHBOX RECIPES

EASY FREEZY!

Dreading the return of the daily lunchbox grind? Ditch the vegemite sandwich and fill your freezer with healthy, nutritious and super-easy bites. BY PAEDIATRIC NUTRITIONIST, MANDY SACHER

SAVOURY SCROLLS 3 WAYS These scrolls are a big hit in the lunch box or at birthday parties. Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: 20–25 mins Makes: 10 scrolls INGREDIENTS

DOUGH

2 cups (280g) wholegrain spelt flour 1 cup (260g) natural Greek yoghurt or coconut yoghurt 1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp baking soda Pinch of sea salt FILLING OPTIONS PESTO & CHEESE

½ cup (125ml) pesto 1⁄3 cup (55g) mozzarella cheese, diced TUNA & GOATS’ CHEESE

¾ cup (105g) goats’ cheese ¼ cup (95g) canned tuna 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped Juice of ½ lemon 2 tbsp Kalamata olives, pitted and finely diced Sea salt and pepper, to taste K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

PROVENCIALE

½ cup (75g) sundried tomatoes, diced ½ cup (75g) sheep or goat feta cheese, crumbled 1 garlic clove, crushed ¼ cup (50g) Kalamata olives, pitted and diced ½ tsp dried oregano

EQUIPMENT

High-speed food processor INSTRUCTIONS

• Preheat oven to 180ºC and line a baking tray with baking paper. • Place all dough ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. • Remove the dough, shape it into a ball and place in between two sheets of baking paper and roll it into a rectangle shape about 5-10mm thick. If dough seems too sticky, lightly flour the baking paper and sprinkle some flour on top of the dough before rolling out. Remove the top sheet. • For the pesto filling, simply spread pesto onto the dough, except for 1cm on the longer sides and sprinkle with cheese. • For the tuna filling, place all ingredients in a blender and blend until desired consistency (you can also just mix the ingredients together

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without a blender if you prefer more texture). Then spread onto dough, except for 1cm on the longer sides. For the provenciale filling, place all ingredients in a small bowl and mix to combine. Spread mixture onto the dough, except for 1cm on the longer sides. Roll dough into a log shape and cut into even slices to make scrolls. Place on the lined baking tray and bake for 20–25 mins. Leave to cool on a wire rack before serving.

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STORING LEFTOVERS

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 4 months. TIP

For a gluten-free version, use 1½ cups buckwheat flour, 1 cup almond meal and 1 tsp psyllium husk powder instead of the 2 cups of spelt flour.

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RECIPE

BEETROOT BLISS BALLS This is a really clever way to disguise beetroot, a rich source of vitamin C, fibre and phytonutrients.

INSTRUCTIONS

• Place all ingredients into a high-speed food processor and process until smooth. • Roll into little balls and then roll the balls in the shredded coconut. • Place bliss balls in freezer and leave to set for 1 hour.

Prep time: 25 mins (+ 1 hr refrigeration time) Makes: approx. 30 INGREDIENTS

1 cup (240g) dates, pitted and chopped   ¼ cup (40g) beetroot, peeled and finely grated  ¼ cup (5g) baby spinach, finely sliced and chopped   1½ cups (150g) pumpkin seed meal (ground pumpkin seeds) 1 cup (75g) shredded coconut 1–2 tbsp chia seeds ½ cup (35g) extra shredded coconut to roll balls in (optional) EQUIPMENT

High-speed food processor

WHOLESOME CHILD BANANA BREAD Store-bought banana breads are often loaded with processed flours, sugars and unhealthy fats. This healthier version contains wholegrain spelt flour, no processed sugars, coconut oil and chia seeds. A perfect snack for the school lunchbox. Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 55 mins Makes: 12 slices INGREDIENTS

2 large ripe bananas 3 large eggs ½ cup (125ml) coconut milk 4-6 medjool dates, pitted 1 tbsp chia seeds ½ cup (125ml) coconut oil, melted 1½ cups (210g) wholegrain spelt flour 1/3–½ cup (55g–75g) coconut sugar 1 tsp vanilla powder or extract 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda pinch sea salt

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SERVING AND STORING LEFTOVERS

Keep bliss balls in the freezer for up to 6 months. TIP

If your child doesn’t like shredded coconut, roll the bliss balls in carob powder or quinoa puffs.

Dairy free / nut free/ veg

EQUIPMENT

High-speed food processor INSTRUCTIONS

• Preheat oven to 180°C and line a mediumsized loaf tin with baking paper. • Place bananas, eggs, milk, dates, chia seeds and coconut oil in a high-speed food processor and process for approximately 1 minute or until it reaches a smooth consistency. • In a separate bowl, whisk together spelt flour, coconut sugar, vanilla powder, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. • Slowly add dry ingredients into wet mixture and mix together on a medium speed. • Pour mixture into the loaf tin and sprinkle extra cinnamon on top. • Bake for approximately 45–55 mins or until a cake tester or knife comes out clean. • Allow to cool completely before cutting. STORING LEFTOVERS: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or freeze for up to 4 months.

Mandy Sacher is a Paediatric Nutritionist, mum to two small children, and author of Wholesome Child. More than just a recipe book, Wholesome Child is a complete nutrition resource that aims to clear the confusion, arming parents with a comprehensive guide that will make meal-times far more enjoyable and nutritious for the whole family. // www.wholesomechild.com.au

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s k oo B COUNTING CREATURES

By Julia Donaldson & Sharon King-Chai RRP: $29.99 From the duo who created the award-winning Animalphabet comes a stunning counting book full of gorgeous baby animals, with amazing flaps to lift and holes to peep through. Young readers will delight in counting each creature’s babies and seeing where they live—from a leopard with her cubs, to a frog and its tadpoles. With bright and beautiful artwork and a fabulous array of animals and their babies to marvel over, this is a gorgeous book to treasure and read over and over again.

WHEN A DRAGON GOES TO SCHOOL

THE GREATFULNESS GUIDE

By Jacqui Jones RRP: $32.99

By Rosalind Beardshaw & Caryl Hart RRP: $14.99

The Greatfulness Guide is a guide about the power of the mind and how we can train the mind to help us lead the life we want. This practical resource sets the foundations for mental health and wellbeing and builds coping skills by teaching young people how to think and not what to think. This insightful book is packed with fun, engaging activities and real life examples from Novak Djokovic, Ed Sheeran, JK Rowling and many others. For tweens and teens (and their parents).

When a dragon goes to school, will she enjoy a book in the reading den and save her lunchtime treats for a friend? Or will she throw the crayons and refuse to share? She’s going to need her friends to help her behave herself—she is a dragon after all! This delightful follow-up to When a Dragon Comes to Stay by award-winning Caryl Hart and Rosalind Beardshaw is the perfect introduction to school for little dragons—and children everywhere.

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