Education & play

Education & play

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Stop hating princesses

To those people who consider fairy tale princesses to be bad role models, I'd like you to consider these 10 points...

Toddler relations

"This boy at kindy called me a poo butt today." Not everything goes smoothly when you're four.

Dads doing their bit

A new programme is helping dads be more influential in the early years of their children's life.

Putting on a show

Miss K and Miss A put on an exclusive living room performance of Frozen.

Do your kids have too many toys?

When parents buy toy after toy, the clutter makes it difficult for children to find what they are looking for or play productively

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SMART BABY

Is my child gifted?

My three-year-old is super bright, in fact I suspect she's gifted. Is she too young to get assessed?

PIRATES

10 items every dress up box needs

You don't have to spend much money setting up a dress up box, most of the things you need you'll find in your own wardrobe.

BARBIE

Barbie is leaning in

The doll has dabbled in more than 150 careers, but now, with her smartphone and tablet in hand, Entrepreneur Barbie is leaning in.

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Pyjama day

This morning Miss K is heading to kindy on a frosty Christchurch morning in her blue fairy pjs and blue dressing gown.

MISS K GLASSES

The school visit

To say Miss K is looking forward to going to school is an understatement. "I've been excited about school since I was born!"

TREASURE ISLAND

Reading classics to kids

I read Treasure Island to my kids. They were terrified but engrossed. They loved the boldness of it. The fear of it.

Richard Dawkins

'Fairy tales hurt kids'

Respected sceptic stirs a literary hornet's nest with attack on children's books.

Hekia Parata

Early childhood education costs

Parents will be bearing increasing costs for childcare as the Budget will push up early childhood education charges, the sector says.

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Centres in complaints stay secret

Hundreds of public complaints made about early childhood centres will be released, but no centres will be named.

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School holiday activities

Many at-home parents dread school holidays. There's no kindy, no swimming classes, no dancing. It all adds up to a lot more hours to fill.

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Easter craft ideas

There's more fun to be had at Easter than just eating as much chocolate as possible. Check out these craft ideas for kids.

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Drawing improves writing

Children who draw before they learn to write produce better writing.

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Abestos at kindergarten

A parent at a Porirua kindergarten was shocked to discover children there were playing near asbestos.

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Kids writing in capitals: not useful

Parents teaching their pre-school children to write capital letters may be causing problems in the long run.

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'It relieves the guilt'

Busy parents wanting to keep track of their children's learning at one preschool can do so from the office.

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