You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. Plato.
Hi. I'm Lesley and this is my early childhood blog. I believe in the importance of play in the development of children and have been specialising in this field since 1985. If you’re looking for new ideas to entertain pre-schoolers, whether you are a teacher, parent, grandparent, carer or student this page is for you! It contains lots of hands on activities to keep young children active and learning. The information you need to help children explore and learn can be found here quickly so you can start your own activities confidently. There is also a fair smattering of theory about the fascinating areas of parenting and early childhood education.
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There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. Walt Streightiff.
A little more about me:
I am an early childhood educator who lives in Sydney, Australia.
I have been working in, and writing and lecturing about, early childhood for over 20 years.
Institute of Early Childhood
My current work is with indigenous kids and in supported playgroups with young families.
Before this I worked with children with special rights in a preschool, ran a children's learning centre and taught movement and art to children and other teachers. I was trained in Perceptual Motor Development by Jack Capon and Margaret Sasse.
I hope you enjoy my site and find what you are looking for. If not you can drop me a line as I would love to help.
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