Home based early childhood services - what you really need to know. Mummy Musings and Mayhem

Home Based Early Childhood Services – The real story.

This is a departure from the usual type of posts I write but it’s a topic I feel really strongly about and I feel it’s time that there is a voice for the many, many professional home based early childhood educators not only in my country of Australia but world wide. There has been a…

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Supporting children under 5 to communicate effectively.

Supporting children to become effective and confident communicators is an important role for both parents and educators. Right from birth children are social beings who try to communicate with the world around them. If they feel heard and understood it supports their emerging identity and sense of self. It doesn’t matter whether the communication is…

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An easy recipe for making colourful baked cotton balls to use for play and learning. Find out how at mummy musings and mayhem.

Fun Fine Motor Ideas with Baked Cotton Balls..

When I recently posted pictures of the fun we had been having with paint and cotton balls on my Facebook page I was surprised at how many people asked me why we were baking them and what we were going to do with them. In actual fact I didn’t really have a specific ‘end’ activity…

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Designing play & learning spaces for home – Part 1 Indoors.

  No matter whether you are a home based educator, a parent, a grandparent, renting or own your own home, it is certainly worth your  while to spend a little time creating a few child friendly play areas within your home. That doesn’t mean you have to feel as though your living in a toy…

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A Week of Play Based Learning – Ideas, Activities & Inspiration

Welcome to my  weekly series of  play based learning posts. It is my aim to inspire, support and encourage both parents and educators to provide simple budget friendly play experiences for children under 5 . Each week I’ll take you on a journey through some of the activities I shared with my home daycare children…

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A fantastic collection of fun craft ideas and recipes from Aussie bloggers to help children celebrate Australia Day. Mummy Musings and Mayhem

20 Ideas for Australia Day Crafty Fun

It’s Australia Day on the 26th January here in Oz and it’s always nice to get the children involved in some fun crafts that mean something to us even if only in small ways. I don’t often do ‘themes’ in my planning and programming for the home daycare children but a few Australia Day themed…

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The importance of sensory play and why you should iinclude it in your child's play activities.

The Importance of Sensory Fun

I love providing sensory play activities and experiences for my girls and the home daycare children. I truly believe it is one of the best forms of play that educators and parents can offer young children. I also believe being exposed to messy and/or sensory play is a big reason why my Ruby has overcome…

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A busy mum's guide and journey to losing weight. Recipes, exercise tips, time management strategies and motivation...why not start your own journey today

The Healthy Me Challenge – Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of my Healthy Me Challenge. How did you go? Are you on the way to a brand new and improved you? Have you only just stumbled across the ‘Healthy Me Challenge’? Catch up Week 1 here and then come straight back, you have weight to lose and a soul to nourish!…

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A busy mum's guide and journey to losing weight. Recipes, exercise tips, time management strategies and motivation...why not start your own journey today

The Healthy Me Challenge – Week One

As I sit here writing this blog New Year’s Eve is upon us and 2014 is soon to be over. Although I feel I achieved a lot this year there is one thing that just keeps weighing me down (pun intended)…instead of losing weight through dieting and exercising as I promised myself to do, I…

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