Special Needs Children: Tips for Starting School Successfully
Starting school involves excitement and change. It can also be a tricky time for parents and special needs children. The implementation of simple strategies can minimise the stress of transition and hopefully enable an enjoyable and rewarding experience for both you and your child. Of course, each child is unique and learns and adapts in different ways. My own daughter Eleanor...
Straight to the Head of the Class: Best Gifts for Teachers
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If there's anyone that deserves our gratitude and acknowledgement by December it's our little people's teachers! The challenge, of course, is finding the perfect present to let them know just how much their efforts in caring for and nurturing your child means. The good news is you can head straight to the top of the class with Mum Central's guide to...
Is My Child Ready for School? The Ultimate Check List for this Tricky Decision
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As a mum who chose to keep her 5-year-old son at home rather than start Prep, I understand the complexities surrounding the dilemma of school readiness. This tricky decision is one our family thought long and hard about for five years. The best tip I can offer is to arm yourself with as much information as possible and then trust...
Aspergers & Autism: Starting School Made Easy for Your Child on the Spectrum
When you have a child on the spectrum you already know that day to day life can take a little bit of extra planning. Starting school is a big change for all kids (and parents), but for parents of a child with Aspergers or Autism it does help to start the planning early. The good news is that as...
Five Tips for Surviving Kindergarten
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So your baby is getting ready for their first year of big school? This is equal parts exciting and nerve-racking and terrifying and thrilling – and all sorts of other big words your child will soon learn! You won’t be there during the day to hold their sweaty little hand anymore, but there are a few things you can do...
Planning Your Child’s Education – Why It’s Never Too Early to Start
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Proudly sponsored by Australian Scholarships Group When I fell pregnant with my first child, I had so much on my mind! The list of things I’d need for this new baby was growing by the day. New cot, pram, car seat, you get the drift. But as a first time mum-to-be, thinking about this child’s future education was pretty far...
Natalie Bassingthwaite Talks Kids, Books and Learning to Read
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Natalie Bassingthwaite is used to glitzy red carpets, TV cameras and the glare of the spotlight. However at heart she admits she’s just an everyday mum trying to do her best with the juggle of work, life and family. “Oh my goodness, being a mum is crazy sometimes!” laughs the popular entertainer. “Sometimes I’m screaming ‘put your shoes on, I’ve...
Blitz Those Nasty Nits with This Easy & Chemical Free Head Lice Treatment
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It’s the tenth time your little one has scratched her head in the past two minutes. Is that what you've feared? Head Lice! Those little nits are making your child itch, and you’ve got to do something about it pronto. Before you freak out or come down too hard on yourself,  keep in mind that a case of lice doesn’t mean your...
Teacher’s Letter to Boy With Autism After SAT Exam Results Melts Your Heart
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When Gail Twist’s son Ben failed his SATs exams at high school in the UK, the letter his teachers sent home wasn’t quite what his mum might have expected. Ben has autism, and attends a school for special needs children in St. Helens, England (the Lansbury Bridge School and Sports College). Even though the 11-year-old could have opted out of...
Melbourne School Reverses School Uniform Decision to Allow Girls to Wear Pants
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Imagine running up and down a play-yard wearing a heavy tunic and thick stockings. Now think of what it would be like to kick a ball, play tag or do anything else that most school-aged kids enjoy doing. Not easy, right? That’s what Melbourne Year 1 student Asha Cariss thought. When Asha felt uncomfortable playing in her school dress and stockings,...