Thank you for supporting Start Early. Respectful relationships for life. You are receiving this email because you’ve registered to complete the Start Early modules.
This month, we have gathered resources ranging on topics from trauma-informed practices to online violence and tips from the Children’s esafety Comissioner. We also discuss empathy – one of the most significant skills developed in the early years – and reflect on a recent conference on domestic and family violence for Early Childhood professionals.
Curly questions about play
In our latest blog, Curly questions about play, the Start Early team reflects after attending a conference on the role of early childhood professionals in preventing and responding to family violence. Throughout the day, one topic kept surfacing: the role of play in supporting children’s full participation in every area of life and how educators can support that. Recently,an insightful blog post by Karen Hope challenged educators to think about the props and equipment that form part of the ‘vibrant and flexible spaces’ early childhood educators create.
Empathy: A 21st century skill at home and at large
When searching for toys for their children at chain toy stores, parents typically encounter the following scenario: toy aisles are color-coded pink and blue. They shouldn’t bother looking for LEGOS, blocks, and trucks in the pink aisle, and they certainly won’t find baby dolls in the blue aisle. While parents, researchers, and educators decry the lack of STEM toys for girls, and rightly so, what often goes unnoticed is that assigning genders to toys harms boys, as well. Too often children’s playrooms reinforce gender stereotypes that put boys at risk of failing to gain skills critical for success in life and work. The most important of these? Empathy.