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By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2019 Learning Links As children progress through primary school, the importance of peer friendships becomes more significant and feeling included in playground activities becomes a vital factor in the healthy development of their social and emotional wellbeing.When children feel invited, accepted, appreciated, and included they are Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2019 Learning LinksSpeech and language development is a critical step in nurturing the foundation of communication, self-expression and literacy. Children develop speech and language skills at vastly different rates, and sometimes this can leave parents worried about their own child’s development, particularly if they seem to be speaking Read more

by Dr Samantha Hornery, Therapy and Education Manager.As a parent it is entirely your decision as to how much or little information you divulge to your child’s teacher about the previous assessments and interventions you’ve undertaken with your child. We won’t go into the pros and cons for this at the moment – it takes trust to hand over all of this information and Read more

by Dr Samantha Hornery, Therapy and Education Manager.If your child has additional learning needs you’re probably going to be in regular communication with your child’s teacher. Here are our top tips to get this communication started and keep it going:1. Ask your child’s teacher for their preferred communication method – is it a Read more

by Dr Samantha Hornery, Therapy and Education Manager. It's so important to be prepared for parent-teacher interviews. It's usually a short period of time and the meeting can fly by before you’ve had a chance to ask any real questions about your child. Here are our top tips to be prepared for this upcoming chat, with the key questions for your child's Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2018 Learning LinksThe best way to describe the term ‘hidden curriculum’ is the information in life that everybody automatically knows without ever being explicitly taught. These pieces of information are usually the unwritten rules or customs, the nuances of social communications or the assumptions and expectations within different Read more

By Katherine McFarlane, Registered Psychologist What is resilience? Resilience is a subject that parents often ask about particularly when their child struggles with school, self-esteem or friendships issues. This article will explore the factors which need to be present to allow resilience to develop and strategies for parents and Read more

Dr Danielle Tracey, Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Western Sydney UniversityOur children and young people live in a busy, complex and rapidly-changing world. Sadly, it is estimated that up to one in five children experience mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Today in Australia, across preschools, Read more