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Balancing Virtual and Real Life

Balancing Act Balancing Virtual and Real Life for your tween or teen is tricky when they are becoming increasingly connected online. A Pew Research Center study reveals 95% of teens use a smartphone with 45% saying they are online ‘almost constantly’. In addition, technology can also pose serious risks to including cyber bullying, trolling and potential […]

The Importance of Outdoor Play in Early Childhood

Outdoor play is an important aspect of early childhood. It contributes to key physical and mental development, which can play a role in physical health later on in life. Here are some reasons why outdoor play in the early years is so important. Builds a connection with nature and the outdoors  Outdoor play helps children […]

Science in Early Learning

Creating a Vibrant Future! It’s National Science Week in Australia! And there are many reasons why we should talk about Science in Early Learning.  Science in Early Learning is important as it allows little people to understand the world around them and develop skills to shape a Vibrant Future. It also helps them to develop […]

History of Child Rights

Children’s Rights Long and ever evolving is the History of Child Rights. This Children’s Week, we explore this history.  The need for change Children, like adults, have basic human rights. However, prior to the early twenty-first century, there were no legal safeguards to protect them. Children often worked alongside adults in dangerous, unsanitary and unethical conditions. […]

Breaking Gender Stereotypes in Early Education

Gender Stereotypes in Early Education Breaking Gender Stereotypes in Early Education promotes equality in early childhood. This is important as research shows gender stereotypes impact the way we judge the abilities of young boys and girls. What are gender Stereotypes? Gender stereotypes are general views about the behaviors or roles men and women should posses. […]

Meerilinga joins the Street Library Revolution

At Meerilinga we’re proud to be active in the local community. One of the things we’ve done to ensure this is to join the Street Library Revolution! Each of our six centres is now home to a Street Library. The Street Libraries are for everyone to borrow, donate and share books. The aim of this […]

Welcome to CBCA Book Week 2019!

Welcome to CBCA Book Week 2019! Every year in August communities across Australia celebrate Australian Children’s literature during CBCA Book Week. This year the week runs from 17 – 23 August, with the theme ‘Reading is my Secret Power’. The week aims to bring children and books together to encourage literacy and reading. The children […]

The Importance of Literacy in the Early Years

Literacy in the early years is crucial to building a foundation for your child’s development. Studies have found that there is a direct link between the number of words a baby hears and their language skills. The good news is that you can begin on the road to developing your child’s literary skills from birth. […]

What to look for in an Early Learning Program

How to choose an early learning program to suit your family Deciding on the right early learning program for your child is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a parent. There are many different types of programs available and as such choosing which best fits your needs can be difficult. To help, we’ve […]

2019 Children’s Week Grants now OPEN!

Tuesday, 9 July 2019 (West Leederville, Western Australia) – Applications for the 2019 Children’s Week Community Grants are now open. The grants of up to $1,000 are available to not-for-profit community groups and local governments to host events in remote, regional and metropolitan Western Australia. The aim of the grants is to provide West Australian’s […]

National Volunteer Week 2019 – Making a World of Difference

National Volunteer Week runs from 20 – 26 May this year. The week acknowledges the huge commitment and contribution that volunteers make to organisations – organisations that include Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation. Meerilinga has more than 40 volunteers who contribute their time over the course of the year. From volunteering in our Early Learning Programs, […]

STEM for Girls at Meerilinga Cockburn

Looking to get your girls interested in STEM? Then look no further! After a successful school holiday program Meerilinga Cockburn will now host a seven week STEM for Girls program. The course will run in conjunction with Engineering for Kids Australia and the Yangebup Family Centre, and will commence the week of 13 May. The […]

Meerilinga Training College launches NEW class in Ballajura

Looking for a career change? Study childcare in Ballajura this May! Listening to the requests of our students for closer to home study options, Meerilinga Training College will now offer a childcare course out of Meerilinga Ballajura. Quality childcare workers are in high demand! You can now study a recognised childcare course from a convenient […]

Playgroups – what are the benefits?

Do you have a new bub? Have you moved to a new community? Are you looking to make new friends for your children and yourself? Then a playgroup may be the perfect answer. There are a range of benefits to joining a playgroup in your local community. Playgroups give you a safe and happy environment […]

The AEDC results are in – we need to address early childhood vulnerability in WA

The results of the Australian Early Childhood Development Census (AEDC) are in. The data shows us that some of our most vulnerable groups – children from low socioeconomic status areas, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) and First Nations children – have experienced some encouraging improvements. However, West Australian children are still experiencing […]

Harmony Week 2019

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Harmony Day in Australia, which in 2019 has been renamed ‘Harmony Week’. The renaming of Harmony Week means every event held during the week will be included in the celebration. The week runs from 17 – 23 March and includes the United Nations Day for the Elimination of […]