Letter Tracing Activities

I have spent many years working within childcare centres and OSHC services but this is the first year I have spent working on a regular contract with the 3 – 5 year old age group. At the Early Learning Centre that I have been working for, I have noticed that the majority of parents have requested that their children learn to write their own names. I’m assuming, given the age group, that this is because they want them to be able to learn this in time for school and kindergarten. While this is a great thing for them to learn it is not as simple as just writing their name. Continue reading

“When will you be having baby number two…..”

Have you ever noticed that once your first child turns two it is like a magical wand has been waved and then suddenly everyone is asking you “when will you be having another baby?” Surely it’s not just me? Clearly that is not the reason to start trying but it does seem to be around this time that parents start to wonder if they should. While I certainly can’t give you the answer, here are a few things that you may find yourself considering…. Continue reading

The “Back to Work” Question

I originally wrote about this on my old blog when my baby was close to six months old. Even though I had mostly planned to take a year off from work and financially we were still on track for that, it was the six month mark that was really triggering that question – the “when do I go back to work” question. Now that my son is two I still find myself constantly wondering if our situation is right. I went back after he turned one and once he turned two an opportunity had come my way and I increased my hours. Still part time but it still felt like a huge jump. Therefore I thought I’d revisit the question and rewrite my experience for you here. Continue reading

Welcome to Planes and Playdates!

How did Planes and Playdates come about?

Over the last two years of parenting the collection of thoughts that keep gathering in my mind have been getting louder. Writing has been a hobby of mine and these thoughts were slowly starting to form into “blog posts”. Often these would be while in the shower or driving or while stuck under a sleeping baby….. so some of the best stuff has never made it to the written format. I have slowly been gathering them and started to feel inspired to share them on here as an outlet for myself and on the small chance that it may help someone else. Continue reading