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Separation Anxiety is Real - Settling into Platinum Education

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Separation Anxiety is Real - Settling into Platinum Education

Starting something new can be such a challenging process, even for adults, but when it comes to kids, they may have trust and attachment issues and feel afraid or anxious. Very sensitive children can be even more alert and react more strongly to new situations. No one truly loves change because it’s hard.

 Separation Anxiety is Real!

 Whilst separation anxiety is a perfectly normal part of childhood development, it can be very unsettling.  Change is also difficult and scary, so there is a natural inclination to want to delay beginning for as long as possible.

 Samina is mum of 2 girls, an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old. When we first met Samina, she was really upfront with her worry for her 3-year-old, who struggled with separation anxiety even when she was left with her relatives who were familiar to her.

Samina was busy being a teacher and running her own event business, the children often were brought along and just like any great mum she wanted the best...

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What we say to our kids matters!


Why what we say to our children matters!

Often, we don’t think about the words and the power of our language or the impacts this can have on a child.
Words hold so much power!
The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice later in life.

By making an effort today to choose how we frame and talk about something, you can make the conscious decision to empower and lift up your child, as it is easier to build strong children than it is to repair a broken adult.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts; your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny. - Gandhi
In today’s episode we discuss the reasons our words are important, the long-term impacts on children and some alternatives to practice at home.
This episode comes from a place of love and I do hope something resonates for you!
I would love to hear...
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The problem with choosing a child care centre for Convenience

When you started the process of looking for a child care solution for your family, what was the first thing you thought?

  1. There's a centre across the road from my house it will be convenient, let's just enrol there?
  2. I need to find a centre that has vacancies? or
  3. Let's be organised and make list and visit multiple centres and make a decision about which service is best for our family?

There may be certain situations where you need to find care urgently.

In most cases, I applaud you and your family if you have adopted strategy 3.

Choosing the right care and educational solution for your family is one of the first most important decisions you will need to make for your child.

“Choosing a service purely out of convenience can have long term consequences for your child. Choose a service based on your families values, quality of the service, and the feeling you get when you walk in. It should feel natural, welcoming and like an extended part of the family”

~ Leeza Browne |...

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Connect Using your child's "Love Language"


Good morning everyone and welcome to our next addition of 10 at 10.

My name is Leeza Browne and I am the Early childhood teacher and owner here at Platinum Education.

We believe it really does take a village to raise a child and It’s part of our role to work alongside our families for the best outcomes for their children.

Last week we talked about introducing rituals around mealtimes as a time for connection. How did you go with that excercise?


In today’s video we are going to be continuing on with last weeks theme of connections and introducing the concept of Love Languages.


Love languages is a passion project, and I talk about it often and I am so grateful to an amazing friend who introduced me to this theory about 5 years ago now, based on a book by Gary Chapman.


Not only is this topic relevant to children, it is also relevant in life.


And I am obsessed with any stretegy and system to get to know more about people and how we work.



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Creating a ritual around meal time


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Hello everyone and welcome to our next edition of 10 at 10.

My name is Leeza Browne and I am the early childhood teacher and owner here at Platinum Education. We believe it really does take a village to raise a child and it's part of our role to work alongside families, for the best outcomes for their children.

We are going to be continuing on with our tradition of rituals and talk about the creating a ritual around Mealtimes.

Recently on the TV show The Block, there was a bit of controversy around having a dining table in the home. There was actually an argument with the judges and they used the point that no one uses a dining table anymore and this was the reason they had decided not to put a dining table in their living area, as they felt that it was no longer necessary, and that people now prefer to eat on the lounge.

I don't know about you, but when I heard this, I felt quite sad, I remember. As a child, maybe not every night as a child, but I have...

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Exploring Loose Parts!

In 1972, architect Simon Nicholson developed the Theory of Loose Parts; the idea that loose parts, materials which can be moved around, designed and redesigned, and tinkered with; create infinitely more opportunities for creative engagement than static materials and environments.

 Loose parts are the opposite of toys. Toys are used for one simple purpose where as you never know what the children are going to create and that is the absolute joy of loose parts! The only limits are the children's imaginations.

"Give a child a cardboard box and observe the many ways they can use it!"

 Loose parts are a collection of items, usually natural materials, such as shells, tubes, blocks, material, corks, gems etc.

In a play, loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with...

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Value of Play Based Learning

Children are naturally motivated to play. A play-based program builds on this motivation, using play as a context for learning. In this context, children can explore, experiment, discover and solve problems in imaginative and creative ways.

 A play-based approach involved both child-initiated and teacher-supported learning. The teacher encourages children's learning and inquiry through interactions that aim to stretch their thinking to higher levels.

For example, while children are exploring building with loose part materials, our teachers pose questions that encourage problem solving, prediction and hypothesising. The teacher can also bring the child's awareness towards mathematics, science and literacy concepts, allowing them to engage with such concepts through hands-on learning.

 "We didn't even know we were learning we were just having fun"

As with traditional approaches, play-based early years programs are focused on teaching and learning. In such programs, play can...

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