Writers: Jacqueline Taylor

Jacqueline Taylor

Jacqueline Taylor, mum of two, worked for 25 years in ECE and currently works as an early intervention teacher. As a qualified ECE teacher, she is especially interested in working with under 3s to understand and help them develop a strong foundation for the future.

15 treasured Children’s Day ideas

Treasured ideas for Children's Day

Children’s Day – Te Rā O Te Tamariki – provides New Zealanders with an opportunity to give time to children. It is a fun day for activities that start new traditions as well as continue old ones. Continue reading »

Learning from nature with preschoolers

Learning from nature

Over the years, sections have got smaller and apartment living has increased, add this to a world that is increasingly focused on smart phones, tablets and television and the outcome is children are missing out on connections to nature.

Think back to your own childhood and the pleasure you got from being outside. Perhaps you made mud pies or igloos from lawn clippings. Maybe you collected flower petals and added them to water to make an ‘interesting’ perfume scent! In our hectic world, children need those experiences that were such a big part of their parents’ childhood. There are lots of ways of learning from nature with your preschooler. Here are some ideas.  Continue reading »

Keeping your child safe – What to look out for at different stages of development

Keeping your child safe

Sometimes when you start talking about safety, people will say “well you can’t wrap children in cotton wool” or even “they have to learn somehow”. But children being their natural adventurous selves need to be kept safe. Keeping your child safe is not about stopping children from being active and curious it’s about providing the safest environment to explore in. Continue reading »

What’s the best learning environment for my child?

preschool education

Every year, more research comes out that enhances our understanding of children’s brain development, learning and attachments. There is no doubt that the first three years of a child’s life is the most significant time in their lives and that the experiences, both positive and negative, in this time shape a child’s future. A child’s brain goes from about 25% of adult size at birth to an amazing 80% at three years (Brainwave Trust, 2014). Continue reading »

The Amazing Newborn Baby!


Every new born is different; some cute and bald, others with a full head of adorable Elvis styled hair! Each is born with amazing abilities. You may think that all babies do is sleep, cry, poop and eat (with not much of the sleep part going on), but they already have the most amazing brain ready to soak in experiences and learning that will shape their future. Continue reading »

Reading, writing and physical play and development.

physical play and development in chlidren

Does jumping on a trampoline or playing in the sand pit help our children to read and write?

Often when we think of teaching children reading and writing skills we imagine reading lots of stories and encouraging children to write their name. The brain plays its part in children’s writing and reading but the body needs to be ready physically too. Little hands and eyes need developing ready for successful reading and writing.   It’s important to remember that the physical play and development skills needed to achieve these are developed in the early years, right from birth. Continue reading »

Arts and crafts for preschoolers

Crafts for preschoolers

The colder months are a great time to get into arts and crafts with your preschooler.  It’s not just fun, they’re learning too.  Whether you love getting messy and trying new things with your children or have never explored art activities at home before, there will be an idea here for new crafts for preschoolers in your house!  Continue reading »

13 more ways to celebrate Children’s Day

13 more ways to celebrate childrens day

This year for Children’s Day, as well as recognising your own little cherub, why not spread the love to other children in your community? In the process you’ll be sharing an important message with your child about the value of all children and the spirit of giving. Continue reading »

Potty training without the stress – 10 top tips for potty training

girl potty training

It is a fact that around the time toilet training usually begins, children are starting to strive for more independence and beginning to test limits. This can make toilet training a stressful time for child and adult. Continue reading »

13 indoor activities for under two year olds

indoor activities for under two year olds

Children have fun learning and bonding, which develops a sense of confidence and security. As a kaiako (teacher) of children in home based childcare, I’ve learnt that having fun not only brings joy to your child’s day, but yours too. Here’s 13 fun indoor activities for under two year olds. Continue reading »

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