Empowering Educators

Our mission at Bellbird is to empower educators to create engaging play spaces and develop activities that ignite children's curiosity and imagination. Our Empoweing Educators articles offer ideas and insights on different ways early learning educators might creatively approach annual events, universal and seasonal themes and topics within early learning services that reflect and value contemporary approaches to early learning and development with sensitivity and awareness.

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    We Are Family

    Although each family is different, the basic tenets for each are universal. Through collaboration and a genuine desire to connect with families, children learn how to participate in groups within the construct of the wider society.
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    Exploring Curiosity in Early Learning

    Looking for inspiration on how to fuel children's natural curiosity? Jo Harris discusses what it means to be curious, to ask questions, seek answers and explore the amazing world around us from the eyes of a child.
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    Teaching The Circle Of Life

    Many children are naturally enticed by the allure of creatures great and small, so it is an invaluable opportunity to begin to teach them about the delicate balance of life within the cycles of nature.
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    Ideas For Integrating Inclusive Practices In Early Learning

    Inclusion means different things to all of us. At its core, is the concept that everyone has the right to feel included and represented in any setting, and the Early Learning sector plays a vital role in bringing this to the fore
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    5 Reasons Why Summer Is An Important Time in Children’s Lives

    During the summer holiday season there is a subtle shift on early learning, with the focus on ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’. This can become an opportunity to experience a greater depth within relationships with all living things in the world around us.
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    More Reasons To Love Nature Play

    There are even more reasons to love spending time in nature with our children - here are some practical suggestions for advocating outdoor play and learning into high quality programming, with an emphasis on creating time and space.
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    The Benefits of Heuristic Play for Infants and Toddlers

    Heuristic play is when babies and toddlers use real world objects, such as wooden spoons, containers, pots and pegs in their play to explore the properties of the objects. Is the object heavy or light? Does it make a sound? What is the texture?
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    Why Friendship, Connection and Safety are Vital To Children's Development

    Children have the right to choose their own friends and safely connect with others.
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    Playing Games Are Serious Business

    More than just a chance to have fun, playing games is serious business when it comes to a child's health and development.
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    Literacy - More Than Reading and Writing

    Literacy is more than learning to read and write. Becoming literate also incorporates the development of essential language, cognitive, social and emotional skills as children interact and explore the world around them.
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    The Joy of Mud Play

    While playing with mud, children are learning and testing theories, as well as developing foundational understanding of maths and literacy.
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    A Guide to Choosing the Right Table and Chairs for Your Child's Needs

    Good ergonomics needs to start at an early age for health & wellbeing for life!
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    Nurturing The Future World with Nature Play

    Spending time in nature is essential for children’s health, development and support the intuitive disposition to becoming future conservationists. Children who feel connected to the natural world are more likely to preserve and care for it.
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    Outdoor Play For All Seasons

    Outdoor play has many physical benefits - but it is also essential for social and emotional development too.
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    Learning Life Skills Through Pretend Play

    Role play may appear to be a very simple activity, yet within it, young children learn practical life skills such as dressing themselves and learning how to care for and interact with others.
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    Self Expression Through Art & Craft

    Making art and fostering creativity is important for the development of fundamental social and cognitive skills, including self expression.
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    Keeping Kids Connected Whilst Apart

    Friendships nurture the soul. They provide us a listening ear, understanding, compassion, connection and joy. Regardless of our age, we all need a friend.
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    Challenging Our Minds With Puzzles

    From early childhood right through to adulthood we love to play with puzzles, and the way they exercise our minds.
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    The Wonders of Discovery & Science with Children

    Science education activities provide children with opportunities to develop and practice many different skills and attributes.
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    3 Ways Sensory & Tactile Play Supports Children's Emotional Development

    We all know that sensory activities can be fun, but there are many benefits and learning experiences that support social and emotional development too.
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    Elements of the Perfect Block Play Areas for Children

    Block Play is a favourite area for children's play, both indoors and outdoor. Read all about how adding a few key elements to these spaces can extend imagination, creativity and engagement between children and their peers.
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