developing fine motor skills

A confident start to their school years

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After such a hot summer we now turn our thoughts to regular routines and school preparedness, or school progress for our children. Whether they are returning to school or starting for the first time this month – we all want our children to be confident and capable; to fit in and find good friends…to have a confident start to school. …

Activities for kids and grandparents to do together

Activities for kids and grandparents to do together

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Research and anecdotal evidence shows us that more and more grandparents are stepping up to assist with child rearing than ever before. Rising living costs often necessitate a two-income household and the cost of childcare (despite its valuable contribution to a child’s learning and development) can sometimes negate the majority of that second income. This is where grandparents are often …

school readiness and fine motor skills

School Readiness Checklist – 4 tips for creating a great start

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After a lazy, hot summer it’s now not long until the kids return to school. Preparing children for school readiness – whether they are returning to school or starting for the first time – helps get them off to a good start. But it’s important to remember school readiness is not about age. As Simone Crighton, Shapeeze Creator, recalls: My …

screen time for preschoolers

It’s not about no screen time for preschoolers

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There is growing concern that an excessive amount of screen time for preschoolers is contributing to a lack of school readiness for many preschool aged children. While a limited amount of screen time can be educational, the impact of excessive screen time can affect behaviour, disrupt sleep patterns, reduce attention span and undermine the development of fine motor skills. One …