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UPDATES FROM EXPERTS IN THE FIELD

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CHILDCARE

FASHION ADVICE

OPTOMETRY

with Dr Lesley Jones

with Mark Ferguson

with Madonna Rigney

WHAT IS PLAYBASED LEARNING?

WEDDING WISH LIST

BRIGHT WHITE EYES ARE BACK

YOUR CHILD CAN learn so much through play. At Goodstart Early Learning, our educators embed elements of teaching within the play experiences that children are naturally drawn to, and therefore more likely to stay engaged with. Queensland State Manager Dr Lesley Jones says Goodstart explores different aspects of early numeracy and literacy with the children by encouraging those who are exploring gardening to chart how their veggie patch has changed. Another group of children may be supported to draw a “menu” for their pretend restaurant, while yet another child who is deeply interested in dinosaurs may be encouraged to discuss and document the similarities and differences between the various dinosaurs they come across in their play. This gentle and encouraging avenue of introducing children to early literacy skills such as pre-writing and drawing, and mathematical concepts of classifying and charting is explored through play in ways that are authentic to each child at Goodstart Early Learning.

SINCE 2005, WE have fit out over 3000 weddings. From this, we have been able to develop an extensive wedding supplier list. Brisbane is fortunate to have some many great wedding vendors, from world-famous photographers to Australian and world-renowned designers. So with the new year upon us and this being one of the most popular times for a proposal and engagements, make sure you have your wedding priorities in order. People and places usually book out up to 12 months in advance, so I would suggest the following priorities: • Photographer • Reception venue • Ceremony venue • Celebrant • Wedding dress Wedding suits should be organised after the bride and bridesmaids’ dresses have been organised, yet still three to four months before the wedding. Pop into the store to have the perfect suit fitted.

ITCHY, DRY, IRRITATED eyes: something you need to live with, or a condition that can be easily managed and treated? Dry eye syndrome, or chronic dry eye, is a common condition that affects more than 75 per cent of people at some point in their life. Aside from causing great discomfort and irritation, it can interfere with your daily lifestyle and give the appearance of tired, unhealthy eyes. Air pollution, artificial lighting, smart phones and medications all make dry eyes a challenge. Unfortunately, you can’t always overcome these difficulties with short-term relief treatments such as lubricating eye drops. However, a new non-invasive long-term treatment has finally been made available. At Madonna Rigney Optometry, we offer our clients the innovative IPL technology service to put an end to irritated eyes. Three gentle, 20-minute treatments stimulate the oil glands in the eyelid, reactivating and preserving them, resulting in whiter, moisturised and more comfortable eyes.

GOODSTART EARLY LEARNING P 1800 222 543 GOODSTART.ORG.AU/BRISBANE

WIL VALOR 7/41 PARK RD, MILTON P 1300 309 272 WILVALOR.COM.AU

MADONNA RIGNEY OPTOMETRY 3/17 LYTTON RD, EAST BRISBANE P 3844 4648 MADONNARIGNEYOPTOMETRY.COM.AU

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STYLE | January 2017