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Bush Kindy Explorers

When Jenny Sheward-Spence, CEO of Early Ed Resources, witnessed the results of the Forest School on children overseas, she was determined to apply the same nature-based approach to learning back home. Now, her Bush Kindy Explorers program is opening little minds to the wonders of the bush. In a world of iPads and recommended ‘daily screen-time’ quotas, the concept of outdoor play feels a bit foreign. Which ...

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Literacy vs Stem

“STEM” is the biggest buzz term in education right now, but does that mean literacy and the other subjects are left in the dark? And how can you use these school holidays to get ahead? It can often seem like the biggest focus in education right now is on the STEM subjects. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of this term before, “STEM” is an acronym for “science, technology, engineering and ...

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Yeah, Cheers, Thanks a Lot

How often do we say thank you, expressing our gratitude for the positive things in our lives, which we have not asked for or actively worked towards? Gratitude is an inherent quality that resides within each human being, an emotion, which arises spontaneously within us and is also a choice we make – being grateful or ungrateful. Expressing gratitude is one of the best ways to increase your own levels of hap ...

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haven’s favourite teacher competition // We Have a Winner!

haven’s favourite teacher competition has come to an end, but our celebration of teachers is only just beginning… After weeks of reading through heart felt and touching tributes to local teachers, the team at haven magazine is excited to announce the finalists and winner of our inaugural haven’s favourite teacher competition. We were blown away by the nominations – it was wonderful to see how grateful paren ...

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Father’s Role in Education

A lot of teachers often say how they wish parents, especially dads, would play a bigger role in their kids' education, research has now proved the benefits dads bring to their children education. In many cases, mums are deemed the primary caregivers and are stereotyped to take the lead with their child’s education. This leads to the perception that dads play a reduced role in their kids’ education. However ...

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Back to Basics at School

As the well-known saying goes "the simple things in life are often the best" and this is proven at The Southport School. A photo recently dug out of The Southport School (TSS) archives shows junior students in 1912 enjoying a simple outdoor play experience. Today, the school’s students can be seen getting that same enjoyment from ‘the simple things in life’ through TSS’s The Rainforest program. The program, ...

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Teachers Rule, OK?!

We have already received so many nominations and entries are about to close for haven's favourite teacher competition. If your teacher absolutely rocks then you need to nominate them today! We all remember a teacher who changed our life, yet teachers are leaving the profession in droves. haven magazine wants to celebrate the amazing work that teachers do and so put together ‘Haven's favourite teacher compet ...

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Smarter Thinking

A childcare centre chain that thinks like parents, while providing the best curriculum (and extra curricular activities) and even nutritional options for our youngest offspring? Sign us up! Way back in 1995, Karen Williams bought a dilapidated building with the intentions of turning it into a childcare centre. Before she knew it, she had built and reinvented 22 centres along the east coast, raised a son and ...

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July Reviews // Digital Classrooms

In this, havens annual education edition, we thought it would be great to uncover some of the best digital resources when it comes to learning and our kids. Here's our top 5... LEARNING THROUGH PLAY Learning Through Play is a blog by Heidi, an early years teacher who is passionate about play-based learning, sustainability, creating inviting spaces and project based learning. The activities on her blog are e ...

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Lifetime of Learning

By the time you turn 20, you've spent the vast majority of your lifetime learning. But don't think that because you're 30, 40, 50 or even 60 that learning should ever stop. Like the old saying, if you don't use it, you'll lose it. Keep the left and right sides of your brain sharp with some of these ideas... There’s a theory that says the two hemispheres of the human brain control vastly different types of t ...

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