The Benefit of Hugs

Hugs! Seemingly effortless yet worth the world – they are that source of comfort and affection that we seek from those around us.

Children in particular are prone to feeling the need of physical affection, especially at an early age. Certainly, on a daily basis children seek attention, nurture and love and it is our duty to provide this to them.

The science behind hugs

There have been many recent studies to show the necessity of hugs. As a result  we know there are lifelong benefits in having a good cuddle with your child. Some of which include:

Reduces stress
Induces sleep
Children tend to become more calm as adults
Allows them to feel loved and comforted
Reduces anxiety
Higher Social-Bonding skills
Helps the body’s immune system
Not only do children benefit from the power of hugs, similarly, adults do as well. Next time you are feeling stressed, anxious or upset hug someone.

Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which therefore can heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.

Children’s experiences in the environment affect all aspects of their being, including the health of their bodies and the curiosity of their minds.

Being able to grow up in a nurturing household and environment that allows children to feel loved, secure and happy is very important to how they become adults.

With so much positivity resulting from hugs, it is a wonder why we don’t hug each other more.

So make sure you take the time to hug your loved ones today…and every day!

Play Based Learning

Play Based Learning Adelaide.

At Emali Early Learning Centre we are firm believers and advocates for play based learning.

Catering for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. We ensure we support every child’s individual strengths and interests. We believe transforming a child’s personal interest into a learning process allows them to develop their own experiences and share their achievements with our team and other children.

What is Play-based Learning?

‘ … for the EYLF to be implemented properly, all early childhood educators need to know what play is, why it is important, how to implement and assess a play-based program and their role in it.’ (¹)

Play-based learning is when children are able to explore their environment and play while learning from their experiences.

When children initiate play they become more motivated to learn. As a result, this has become a part of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Curriculum as it is a vital part of how children learn.

It is a very healthy and fun way for children to learn about their surroundings and develop communication skills and furthermore builds curiosity and interest.

Play is vital to the growth and development of children. Activities that stimulate their senses are a great way of developing motor skills.

Although these activities and experiences are essentially learning tools, doing them in a fun play way is foundation of play-based learning.

Counting and reading through play can help children learn faster and certainly will benefit from the skills they learn from playing, in the future.

What are the benefits of play?

It provides opportunities to improve fine motor and gross motor skills and maintain physical health.
Play helps to develop imagination and creativity
Play provides an environment in which to practice social skills
Long periods of uninterrupted play build children’s concentration and the inner motivation to take responsibility for their own learning.
A positive sense of self is important in facilitating ongoing learning.
Play-based Learning at Childcare

Many childcare centres have introduced play-based learning as part of their curriculum.

Being outdoors, exploring a natural, safe environment and interacting with their surroundings helps stimulate a child’s mind.

Finally, through play they learn to overcome challenges and fears, and to try new things.

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Experts Warn Parents That Teething Does Not Cause Fever

As any parent will tell you, when your baby or toddler is cutting teeth, it can be a trying time. Sore gums can cause your child to become irritable, salivate excessively and have a runny nose. Whilst some children breeze through the teething period without any noticeable symptoms, the majority of parents experience fussy days.

However, a study from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Victoria found that 70-85% of Australian parents mistakenly believed teething caused a wide range of health problems. This included fever. Researchers examined the common misconception that teething can cause young children to develop a fever. They analysed studies from eight different countries. It was determined that, whilst teething can make babies feel miserable, it usually won’t make them sick.

While the study, published in the March 2016 Paediatrics “Signs and Symptoms of Primary Tooth Eruption: a Meta-Analysis” (published online Feb. 18), found that a slight increase in temperature was detected on the day that the tooth erupted, the increase didn’t constitute a true fever (a body temperature of 38 C or over). Furthermore it was not present in the weeks or months prior to the tooth appearing as some parents assumed. The authors pointed out that this was important because if a child develops a true fever, assuming that the cause is teething may lead doctors or parents to miss possible illness or infection that requires treatment.

Emali’s policy extract relating to Paracetamol and Ibuprofen:

As recommended by the Department of Education Children’s Services, Paracetamol and Ibuprofen will not be administered by any staff member at the centre. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen can mask signs and symptoms of serious illness or injury. Due to this, educators must not give Paracetamol or Ibuprofen as a standard first aid response to fever. If a child is in need of Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, then this suggests that they are not well enough to participate in the centre’s program. Therefore the child is not well enough to be in care.

The fact is the teething period also coincides with a period small children are prone to viral infections.  If your child has a fever, temperature over 38 C, we recommend making a visit to your GP.


The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only. Therefore it is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider.