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As a parent, there are so many ways to support your child’s early learning and development every single day, and it starts with what you are already naturally doing.

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Sleep, rest and relaxation vital for young bodies and brains

Find out how R-E-S-T can support your child’s sleeping pattern. 

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Early learning journey – stories from country

We all are involved in that growth and that learning, of bringing our young people through. They are our future leaders.

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The five ways: Encourage

It’s the lessons your child learns form you today, that prepare them for life tomorrow.

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The five ways: Read & Count

Learning basic language and numbers at an early age helps children enjoy learning forever.

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The five ways: Talk & Listen

From birth, young children learn communication skills from parents and close relationships.

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The five ways: Care

Children learn best when they are happy.

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The five ways: Play

Play lets children use imagination and learn new skills.

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Ngurambangga Yanhanha -Walking on Country

Indigenous artist Sharron Lindh shares her story on learning at home and in the community.

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Ngana Waguna Woori Mumba

Ngana Waguna Woori Mumba, meaning ‘we grow children together’ in the Alice River language of Iningai country, is an artwork representing community, ancestors, elders, family and children learning and growing together. See the early learning journey come alive.

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A pathway for life

Connection to culture, and all aspects of early learning create a solid pathway for life.

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We grow together

Sharron shares her story, learning at home and in the community.

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Simon Says, listen in

This family favourite is a great way to build listening skills while having fun.

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Executive function skills in the early years

Following instructions, staying focused and using self-control are important skills that are learned and built from an early age.

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Learning about other cultures

When children learn about other cultures, as well as their own cultural identity, it helps them to understand we are all different.

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Jess’s early learning story

Join Jess as she tells her successful early learning story.

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Jess prepares for school

Join Jess as she shows us how she prepared for success at school.

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Jess learns with community

See how family, community and culture can be welcomed into early learning.

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Once upon a time… why reading is important

Reading aloud and sharing stories with your child when they are young helps develop literacy skills and learn about the world around them.

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Brain development: why the early years count

In the first years of a child’s life, their brain development will create the foundations for all learning and development later in life. While genetics provide the initial ‘map’ for development, it is everyday experiences and relationships that shape a child’s brain.

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Let’s have a go at writing

Having a go at writing and drawing at an early age helps children learn and understand how ideas are communicated.

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Numbers, easier with meaning

Kids begin to learn about numbers from everyday situations they can relate to.

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Early learning in the home

Children learn through every experience, even helping to bring in the washing.

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More reasons to smile

Smiling releases chemicals that create good feelings and stimulate brain growth.

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Dress-ups and make believe

At around 15 months, toddlers start becoming interested in dress-ups and make-believe play.

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Your baby’s imagination

From around 8-18 months, your baby will start using their imagination in play.

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Talking about making friends

Your child may look to you for support to deal with friendship conflicts or how to make friends in a new environment.

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Auslan adventures with Sally & Possum

Children born with hearing difficulties can have fun learning early literacy and numeracy skills with Auslan communicators Sally & Possum.

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Quality time with grandparents

Quality time with grandparents provides support for parents and strengthens important relationships.

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Accessing support

Families of a child with a disability or developmental delay can access support for their child to develop skills and transition into structured education and care.

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Healthy start to life

By providing a stable, loving and caring, healthy environment with early learning opportunities, parents support their child’s positive development.

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Get moving outdoors

Playing outdoors is great for physical and mental development.

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How playtime can help your baby develop

Baby playtime can be a great time to bond, build relationships and support important mental, physical and social development.

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Reading with babies

Reading aloud to your child helps them become familiar with sounds, words and sentences, providing the early foundations for language skills and supporting early brain development.

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Developing language and belonging

Understanding their native language helps children feel a part of that culture and can strengthen family relationships.

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Importance of traditional language

Incorporating local and traditional languages into early years programs with the help of the community.

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Connecting with your baby

Love, attention and interesting experiences create the best conditions for you baby’s brain growth, learning and development.

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Where to find support for parents

Juggling the many parts of family life can be hard sometimes, but having a strong support network can help.

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Nature and nurture

Genetic coding form the blueprints of a child’s development, while their environment and care influences the actual construction.

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Multiple languages in early childhood

Babies and young children’s brains are able to simultaneously learn more than one language.

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What to look for in a quality service

Understand more about the National Quality Framework and ratings for Queensland Early Childhood Education and Care services.

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Fitting in story time

Make story time a part of your daily routine you both look forward to.

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Listening

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Your baby and sleep

Every baby is different and will behave differently. Here are some things to keep in mind when managing your baby’s sleep.

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Learning can happen anywhere

Learning math, literacy, social and physical skills through play and everyday experiences.

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Identity and independence

Children’s interactions with family members, friends and community shape their understanding of the world, and their place in it

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Settling in to Queensland childcare

Starting kindy and playgroups can be an intense time for children, especially for families adapting to a new country, culture, language and environment.

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Early childhood education and care service options

Find out more about regulated services offered across Queensland.

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Early learning sets up skills for life

When little ones play, they share ideas, use communication and listening skills, engage with others, develop physically and learn knowledge about the world.

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Kindy is a deadly choice

Going to kindy helps little ones have the best start to school and a great start at life.

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Keeping your toddler safe, out and about

A few things to keep in mind when taking your toddler out and about.

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Finding support through the Autism Hub

The Autism Hub works with parents, educators and stakeholders to ensure support for students on the Autism Spectrum is streamlined and responsive to individual needs.

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Play a different way, every day

Different types of play allow kids to learn in new ways.

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Joining the kindy community

Having parents and families involved in the kindy community makes the best experience for little ones.

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Creative kids

Artist Vernon Ah Kee shares some ideas to support artistic curiosity and creativity in children.

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Being a dad

Spending quality time with your child can strengthen your relationship and boost your child’s development.

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Home alone

Knowing when it’s safe to leave your kids at home alone.

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Making packing up easy

Getting kids involved in packing up can make your life easier and help them learn.

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Routines and chores as learning opportunities

Turn chores and routines into a game and help your child learn at home.

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Story time helps kids learn

Telling stories is a part of culture and passing on knowledge, but did you know it also helps your child’s brain grow strong?

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Creating a sense of belonging at kindy

Having a strong connection with the community is important for kids to feel safe and welcome, so it’s great when parents and caregivers get involved in the kindy community.

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Why we all need support sometimes

As a parent, you will face new and different challenges, but you don’t need to have all the answers, all the time. It’s ok to ask for help and support when you need, and accept when it’s offered.

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Getting crafty

Encourage your child to get involved with these activities your kids love to get crafty with.

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Getting to know the great outdoors

The great outdoors is full of interesting natural materials waiting to be discovered. Exploring outdoor materials provides opportunities for children to learn to care for and respect their environment.

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Painting for developing minds and bodies

Painting is a great way to let your child to experiment with expression and visual communication while developing important motor skills.

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Making paint

Get kids involved in making their own paint for craft activities.

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Making playdough

An old favourite, try these DIY recipes to make your own playdough at home.

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Choking risks for toddlers

Your toddler will try to learn about things by putting them in their mouth.

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New dads

Some tips for new dads to make the most of quality time with their baby.

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SPEAK app

Free activities, ideas and information for parents and caregivers to encourage their child to speak and listen every day.

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Overcoming language barriers

There are many ways to create opportunities for your child to learn English before they start school.

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Leading by example

Children learn about themselves and the world by watching and interacting with you.

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QLD Schools app

Find school enrolment information, contact details and more in the one place.

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Playtime ideas: let’s play

Try out some of these playtime ideas with your family.

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