9 Things: Why the basics matter for Early Years’ Educators

More children than ever are arriving in our schools with one or more developmental delays and this creates a ‘gap’ that is almost impossible to overcome throughout the school journey. Maggie explores the role of healthy parenting and quality early years’ education with a back-to-basics, common-sense guide to what is essential for babies, toddlers and young children and which allows children to be able to thrive and be ready for school and life.

The motif of Aunty Wilma the wallaby is Maggie’s guide for those who care for children – she promotes being a positive parent advocate and supportive guide to enable healthy partnerships with ECE services. (NQS- Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

About Maggie

Commonly known as Australia’s ‘queen of common sense’, Maggie Dent is an author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist with an interest in the early years and adolescence.

Maggie’s experience includes teaching, counselling, and working in palliative care/funeral services and suicide prevention. Maggie is an advocate for the healthy, common-sense raising of children in order to strengthen families and communities. She is a passionate, positive voice for children of all ages.

Now an in-demand writer and speaker, Maggie is a regular contributor to Fairfax’s Essential Kids website and Teachers Matter magazine and appears regularly on ABC and commercial radio including Nova FM. She has also appeared on TV programs such as Today Extra, The Daily Edition, Sunrise, Today and news.

Maggie is the author of nine books, several e-books and a prolific creator of resources for parents, adolescents, teachers and early childhood educators, and others who are interested in quietly improving their lives.

Her books include Saving Our Adolescents, Real Kids in an Unreal World and her 2014 release, 9 Things: A back-to-basics guide to calm, common-sense, connected parenting Birth-8.

She is the proud mother of four wonderful sons, and an enthusiastic and grateful grandmother.

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