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Charlestown East Educational Pre-School’s May Newsletter

May 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - May 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


Hello everyone, welcome to Charlestown East Educational Pre-School’s May newsletter! In this issue, we will be providing a preview of what is happening in our little community, as well as the Australian childcare industry!


This feature also includes summaries of featured child development resources, as well as a few arts and craft ideas for you and your child to enjoy! These parenting tips and fun-filled activities have been hand-selected to guide your child’s development.


In This Issue

Charlestown East Educational Pre-School’s May Newsletter Greetings.

Topic of the Month- Preparing for Autumn

“Modern life offers children almost everything they need, except sunlight”

Kids: Connection to nature lessens distress, hyperactivity and behavioural problems What is the latest in childcare?

Inclusive playground design to be a focus in South Australia with working groups formed Push to Secure Early Learning for All 3- And 4-Year-Olds in NSW

Childcare Development

0-12 Months Development

1-2 yrs Development

2-3 Yrs Development

3-4 yrs Development

4-5 years Preschool Development Development of Boys Development of Girls

Craft Corner: Autumn Version

Yarn Wrapped Autumn Leaf Craft

Creating an Autumn Apple with Paper Quilling Making Conker Faces with Chestnuts Hedgehog Bread


Topic of the Month- Preparing for Autumn

Autumn is fast approaching, and for many kids it is a chance to play outdoors in cooler temperatures, amongst falling leaves. However, some parents may find it hard to let their kids out during this time in fear of them becoming sick. But, should parents really ban their kids from going out during this season?


“Modern life offers children almost everything they need, except sunlight”

Author: Vybarr Cregan-Reid


There is a growing debate in recent years with regards to the amount of daily homework children receive and the impact of this on their health. Children already spend a lot of their time indoors thanks to school, extra-curricular activities and gadgets. With additional homework, all their free time is taken away and spent indoors. Although some parents do not find this problematic, it will have a detrimental effect on a child’s health.


What exactly are the effects of a lack of outdoor activity? This article summarises the debate, citing multiple peer-reviewed studies.


Kids: Connection to nature lessens distress, hyperactivity and behavioural problems

Publication: ScienceDaily


City lifestyle has been criticized as a major cause for children losing their connection with nature. A recent study conducted by Dr. Tanja Sobko and Professor Gavin Brown from the University of Hong Kong and the QDA and Research Unit of the University of Auckland respectively revealed that families do not use green spaces because of misconceptions about their safety. Through the results of this study, it was shown that a lack of outdoor activity will result in major setbacks to a child’s psychological health. But, what are these setbacks? What can be done to address the problem?


Read more about the research and the recommendations highlighted by the researchers.

What is the latest in childcare?

Inclusive playground design to be a focus in South Australia with working groups formed

Author: Freya Lucas


A special working group has been established in South Australia to develop new guidelines on special needs play spaces for local councils and related agencies. Currently, there are no guidelines in South Australia that support the creation of inclusive play spaces. According to the South Australian Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink, the working group will comprise of “relevant stakeholders” looking to reducing barriers for children with additional needs. It will form part of the City of Adelaide’s initiative to build inclusive play spaces in its central business district (CBD).


The working group is scheduled to meet in February 2019, while the guidelines are expected to be finished later this year.


To learn more about the working group and the guidelines it aims to introduce, you can read the full article.


Push to Secure Early Learning for All 3- And 4-Year-Olds in NSW

Author: Jessica Irvine


The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) is reaching out to candidates participating in the upcoming elections to push for a new early learning policy that would benefit every three and four-year-old in New South Wales. During the launch of their newest campaign in Canberra on Thursday, the group highlighted data which reflected the relatively poor early learning performance of three-year old Aussies compared to their overseas counterparts.

Furthermore, a poll released by Essential supports ELACCA’s campaign, showing that NSW voters agree that giving children easy access to play-based early learning is a must.


Currently, the issue of early learning is becoming a major battleground for the upcoming Federal elections. Both the Labour and Coalition parties have pledged to introduce policies for early education if they are elected.


Read more about the ELACCA’s campaign and the Essential poll.


Childcare Development

0-12 Months Development

Ditch the Cute Baby Shoes – Experts Say Babies Should Go Barefoot While Learning to Walk

Author: Maria Pyanof


When people see baby shoes, they often comment on how cute they are even though they keep falling off. While people see these accessories as a fashion statement, they are actually detrimental to a baby’s development, especially when they are learning to walk. Studies show that letting babies go barefoot will aid the development of their foot muscles, arch, ligaments, and sense of balance. Ultimately, restricting baby shoes may inhibit your child’s physical development and prevent active play.


Of course, it is not always safe to let babies stay barefoot. There are ways to help your baby learn how to walk properly with or without shoes.


The full article will explain everything you need to know, summarising the latest expert opinions.


1-2 yrs Development

Why You Should Turn Down the TV Around Your Toddler

Author: Chaunie Brusie


For many families the TV is always on, even when no one is watching. It also provides additional background noise in the house. However, a study has recently revealed that the background noise produced by television has a negative effect on a child’s learning ability. The study highlighted how noise negatively affects a child’s concentration levels and their language skills. Furthermore, there is also a possibility that it can affect a child’s hearing.


While it is impossible to ban TV at all times, its negative effects can be managed with a few simple steps, which are described in the full article.


2-3 Yrs Development

Why It’s Important to Boost Baby’s Vocabulary Now?

Author: Len Canter


Parents are divided when it comes to the right age when children should be taught basic concepts, such as spelling, reading and mathematics. A study done by Penn State University showed that children should begin learning the basics when they turn 2. According to the data, toddlers who are taught early are more prepared to begin kindergarten and succeed than their counterparts. Another study, done by the University of Iowa, said that a child picks up vocabulary easily from interactions rather than playing with toys.


Parents can assist their child’s development with relatively simple tactics, such as repeating their child’s sounds or reading to them.


These tactics and their effects are detailed in the full article.


3-4 yrs Development

When kids imitate others, they’re just being human

Author: Laura Sanders


Have you ever wondered why kids tend to imitate what they see in others? A study published last year in the journal “Child Development” explained that the act of imitating is part of the natural human learning process.. It helps kids learn basic skills including how to talk, how to operate things, and even basic problem solving.


The study also highlights how imitation can help cement social relationships. For example, kids who are unfamiliar with a certain game will mimic their peers, therefore sparking healthy social interactions and relationships.


But, imitating what others do or follow should have a limit because there are things kids should not mimic. It could be certain gestures, rituals, social cues and language, which some believe are essential to society’s continuous progress.


The complete article dives into these findings, helping you understand the study’s results.


4-5 years Preschool Development

Why make-believe play is an important part of childhood development

Author: Tracy Gleason


Make-believe play is a big part of anyone’s childhood and many experts stress its value on early development. Research has found several evidences on how make-believe influenced child creativity, understanding and social competence. But, there are also experts who state that make-believe play does not have a positive developmental impact. They stress that other factors add to the perceived benefits of make-believe play. So, what’s the lowdown about

make-believe play? Is it really capable of helping children grow in some way?


To learn more about the research on make-believe play and its effects, browse the full article.


Development of Boys

Raising Boys to be Disconnected?

Author: Darcia F. Narvaez


For years, several studies have indicated that males are more prone to physical violence than their female counterparts, citing high testosterone levels and cultural norms as the reason for this.


However, other experts note how males do not necessarily act violently despite their hormonal levels and the traditional gender norms So, what is the reason for relatively higher levels of violence among males?


Refer to Dr. Narvaez’s study for deeper analysis on why boys seem to be more prone to violence, as well as what you can do as a parent.


Development of Girls

The Secret to Raising a Happy, Confident Girl

Author: Kristyn Kusek Lewis


Raising a girl is very complicated because of existing stereotypes which often manifest in high levels of anxiety. According to a study, girls are more susceptible to depression, a phenomenon that is becoming more prevalent each year.


Parental support is an effective mediating factor, and should help boost your daughter’s confidence.. Mothers can be an especially powerful influence, providing guidance to help their daughters cope with their age-appropriate worries.


Further reading should help you understand what you can do to help boost your daughters confidence, ultimately alleviating some anxiety.

Craft Corner: Autumn Version

Here are four craft and adventure ideas you and your child can do this Autumn:


Yarn Wrapped Autumn Leaf Craft

Autumn leaves are pretty to look at because of their bright red, yellow and orange colors. Did you know you can create your own?

Check out how you and your child can create your interpretation of autumn leaves.


Photo: Kids Craft Room


Creating an Autumn Apple with Paper Quilling

As Autumn approaches, so does apple picking season. With this craft idea, your child can create their very own apple art paper quilling techniques.


Check out how you can make one by heading to Projects With Kids.


Photo: Project With Kids

Making Conker Faces with Chestnuts

Chestnuts are a popular Autumn snack. Serve them with a twist this year, decorating your nuts and maybe even naming them.

Redart’s chestnut chonker face guide details every step of the process.


Photo: Red Ted Art


Hedgehog Bread



Bread is well… bread. However, give your bread a face and your kids will love it. Why not create bread with an autumn twist by making hedgehog shaped rolls this autumn?


Check out the recipe and how to make it through Craft With Cartwright.


Photo: Craft With Cartwright




May 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am
May 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm