Category Preschoolers

Preschool: how it works and why it's good
Preschoolers

Preschool: how it works and why it's good

Why are preschool programs good for your child? Preschool helps children: get new knowledge and skills - for example, they start learning more about numbers, letters and words improve their communication and social skills through playing and interacting with other children and adults make new friends and develop new relationships with adults develop physical skills - for example, children learn to balance on play equipment and practise fine motor skills like drawing with a pencil and cutting with scissors develop problem-solving and creative thinking skills develop responsibility, independence, confidence and self-worth through doing things like looking after their own belongings and spending time away from home get ready for the transition to school.

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Language development: 4-5 years

Vocabulary and language development in children at 4-5 years At this age, your child will begin to learn and use more: connecting words, like 'when' and 'but' words that explain complicated emotions, like 'confused', 'upset' and 'delighted' words that explain things going on in her brain, like 'don't know' and 'remember' words that explain where things are, like 'between', 'above', 'below' and 'top'.
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Advertising and children

About advertising and children Children experience advertising in many forms - on TV, YouTube, apps, radio, billboards, magazines, newspapers, movies, the internet, advergames, text messages, social media and more. And advertising works on children. For example, the more TV a child watches, the more toys that child is likely to want and ask for.
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Starting preschool

Starting preschool: what to expect Your child is probably feeling excited as well as a bit nervous about starting preschool. She might have already been to child care or playgroup and feels comfortable about joining a new group. Or preschool might be your child's first experience of being away from family.
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Choosing a school for your child

About choosing a school for your child Decisions about where your child goes to school are very personal and can be difficult. It's common and normal for parents to feel anxious about getting this decision right. For some parents, the decision is simple. Their children go to the local public school - the school in the same government zone as their house.
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Internet safety: children 3-5 years

Why internet safety matters Preschoolers like going online to look at videos or to play games. They can do this using computers, mobile phones, tablets, TVs and other devices. There are safety risks for preschoolers online , although preschoolers won't usually be exposed to as many risks as older children because they're less likely to be using the internet independently.
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Preschool in your state

Australian Capital Territory: preschool services Preschools: are known as preschools or early learning centres are for children who turn four years old by 1 May in the year before starting school are mostly government owned and run operate close to, or on, school sites. In newer areas, preschools are often run next to child care centres have no fees, but usually have a voluntary contribution levy.
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Shared screen time: why it's good for you and your child

Why shared screen time is good for you and your child Using screens with your child has the same benefits as doing any enjoyable activity together . It: builds your relationship helps your child get the most out of the activity gives you both the opportunity to learn new things. And, of course, shared screen time with your child can be fun !
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Being an advocate for your child

Being an advocate: what does it mean? Advocacy is promoting and defending another person's rights, needs and interests. Many people can speak up for their own rights, needs and interests. But some people need support from an advocate to do this. An advocate is someone who speaks up for others. An advocate might find information, go along to meetings as a support person, or write letters for another person.
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Managing screen time: strategies for children 3-11 years

Screen time management strategies Screen time can be part of a healthy lifestyle for children when it's balanced with other activities. But this isn't always easy to achieve. That's why you might need some strategies for managing screen time and screen use . For children aged 3-11 years, screen time management strategies might include: family rules routines transitions choices.
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Preschooler sleep: what to expect

Preschooler sleep: what you need to know Children aged 3-5 years need around 11-13 hours of sleep a night . Some might also have a day nap of about an hour. Sleep is important for your preschooler's health, growth and development. When children sleep well, they're more settled and happy during the day.
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Settling in at preschool: practical tips

Preschool checklist Preschools have policies and routines to help things run smoothly, keep children safe and make sure children have enjoyable, stimulating experiences that support their early development. Here's an A-Z checklist of what you can expect at preschool, which can help you and your child settle in.
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Reading with preschoolers

Why reading with your preschooler is important Sharing stories, talking and singing every day helps your child's development in lots of ways . You're getting your child familiar with sounds, words, language and, eventually, the value and joy of books. This all builds your child's early literacy skills, like the ability to listen to and understand words.
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Dental care for preschoolers

Children's teeth development Baby teeth can arrive in any order, although the central bottom teeth are often first. Most children have a full set of 20 baby teeth by the time they're three years old. Children get teeth at different times. The 32 adult teeth replace the baby teeth between the ages of 6 and 20 years.
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Screen time and physical problems: reducing the risks

Screen time and physical problems Using screens for long periods of time can cause pain and discomfort . For example: If your child holds the same posture for a long time, she can get painful muscles and joints. This can be a particular problem if she's in an awkward position, like with her neck bent.
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Emotions and play: preschoolers

Preschoolers, emotions and play Preschoolers are learning more about emotions all the time, especially during play. Play is the natural way children learn and develop. Play gives preschoolers a chance to express their feelings and practise managing them. What to expect from preschoolers and emotions At around 3-4 years your preschooler will probably: use words to describe basic feelings like sad, happy, angry and excited feel sorry and understand she should apologise when she has done something wrong - although you'll probably need to give plenty of reminders feel generous and show that she understands the idea of sharing - but don't expect her to share all the time.
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How children see TV, YouTube, games and movies

Babies and toddlers: TV, YouTube, games and movies In general, babies and toddlers: are attracted to light, movement and activity on TVs, tablets and phones, but their ability to understand what's going on is limited might recognise familiar characters or voices after seeing and hearing them lots of times might copy what they see in TV shows or YouTube videos but are more likely to do it with you - for example, they'll copy clapping more if you clap with them can't understand simple plots have limited ability to tell the difference between what they see on a screen and what they experience in real life until they're about 18 months old have limited ability to apply what they see on a screen to real-life situations until they're about 2½ years old.
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Preschooler teeth issues

Thumb-sucking Sucking thumbs or fingers is a natural reflex in babies and young children. Most children grow out of sucking their thumbs or fingers around 2-4 years of age. If you want to encourage your child to stop thumb-sucking or finger-sucking , it can help to: gently remind your child to stop find ways to distract your child from thumb-sucking praise your child - for example, 'That's great.
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