Helpful Tips to Prepare Your Child for Pre-Kindy

Starting pre-kindy can be a pretty challenging time for parents and children alike. As a parent, you may worry that you’re doing the right thing by your child, and you might just not be ready to wave goodbye to your baby just yet. For children it can be extremely daunting. Heading off to a new […]

Meerilinga Holiday Closures 2019

Please note that all Meerilinga locations will be closed for the holiday season: COB Friday 20 December 2019 – reopening Monday 6 January 2020. The Early Learning Program will recommence on Monday, 20 January. We wish you all a safe and happy break with your loved ones and look forward to seeing you all again […]

Is it time for Toilet Training…?

Summer is here. You know what that means? It’s the perfect time to think about toilet training your child. It can be a daunting idea for parents. Especially if you’re not quite sure if your child is ready. The idea of the mess. Of potentially cutting down on social outings until your child has the […]

The Five Best Summer Playgrounds in Perth

18 summers. That’s how many summers you will get with your baby before they’re all grown up and fly the coop. 18 summers of playing, laughing, running around outside and living your best life together. Here’s a guide to our top five summer playgrounds in Perth to maximise some of those joyous summer days with […]

Festive Tantrum Fixes – Tips for Surviving the Holiday Period

With the festive season approaching there is a good chance there are some pretty major throw downs in store. Children tend to have meltdowns when they feel emotionally overwhelmed and with all the excitement of Christmas there are certain to be some crackers. The good news is that there are a few things that you […]

Keep the Kids Safe Around Water this Summer

With the warmer weather knocking on the door now is the time to look at your child’s water safety for summer. According to Royal Life Saving Australia, the risk of drowning triples when a child turns one. Research has also shown that over the past 17 years 496 children aged 0 – 4 have drowned […]

Meerilinga to breathe life into unused Kulunga Aboriginal Kindergarten in Hilton

Monday, 18 November 2019 (Hilton, Western Australia) – Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation were today presented with a Lotterywest grant for $371,855 by the Hon. Minister Simone McGurk MLA – State Member for Fremantle and Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services. The funding will allow Meerilinga to restore […]

Safe Sleeping Tips

Promoting Safe Sleep Unfortunately, SIDS and Sleep Accidents still cause unexpected infant deaths across Australia. Here are some safe sleeping tips to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) and promote positive sleep for babies. Top Safe Sleeping Tips Sleeping Environment Put babies to sleep on their back. A flat, firm mattress […]

Developing Emotionally Intelligent Children

What is Emotional Intelligence You may have heard about IQ but what about EI? EI stands for emotional intelligence. It is the ability to express and control feelings. Let’s find out why developing emotionally intelligent children in early education is important.  Journalist and Psychologist Daniel Goleman first coined the term Emotional Intelligence in his 1995 […]

CHILDREN’S WEEK 2019 KICKS OFF WITH GO FOR 2 & 5 FAMILY FUN DAY

Children’s Week in Western Australia will officially launch this Sunday with the ‘Go for 2&5 Children’s Week Family Fun Day at Whiteman Park’. The week will see a series of events run around the State to celebrate this year’s theme – ‘A child’s right to be healthy, safe and happy’. The Go for 2&5 Children’s […]

Getting Kids in the Kitchen

Cooking is a fun, tactile way to engage young children. Getting kids in the kitchen also helps to develop essential life skills while promoting social, mental and physical health. So, grab your apron and your utensils and learn more about the benefits of creating a yummy meal with your child!   Cognitive Development Children can […]

2019 Children’s Week Grant Recipients Announced

Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation have today announced the recipients of the 2019 Children’s Week grants. A total of 115 applications were received for the $60,000 worth of funding available. Of the 115 applicants 67 grants were approved, coming from regions across Western Australia including the Gascoyne, Goldfields and Esperance, Great Southern, Kimberley, Mid-West, Peel, Perth […]

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. […]