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The Big Five Executive Functions:

"There are five skills that reliably predict success for children & teens. These skills put us in the ‘driver’s seat’ of life rather than being a passenger directed by others & are collectively known as ‘executive functions’ " - Andrew Fuller

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Learning Potential has hundreds of articles on all aspects of your child’s learning and development, from the early years to the end of high school, with more articles added all the time!

Families can browse by the categories, or enter a topic in the search box or download the app in the App Store or Google Play.

There is also a complementary primary school Learning Potential Resources website which has great ways you can reinforce the skills your child is developing in the classroom.

Starting school for the first time or changing to a new school, can raise a whole series of obstacles, pressures and stress for families. The ACT government has put together some great resources to assist families in ensuring the transition to school is a smooth one.

Click here for "Starting School - A Guide for Families 2018-2019"

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) has been a voice for young children since 1938.

They are the peak early childhood advocacy organisation, acting in the interests of young children, their families and those in the early childhood field. ECA advocates to ensure quality, social justice and equity in all issues relating to the education and care of children aged birth to eight years.

Their vision: Every young child is thriving and learning.

ACECQA national leadership on the implementation of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and collaborate with the Australian and state and territory governments to:

implement changes that benefit children birth to 13 years-of-age and their families

monitor and promote the consistent application of the Education and Care Services National Law across all states and territories

support the early childhood education and care sector to improve quality outcomes for children

Positive Partnerships is a national project, funded by the Australian Government Department of Education through the Helping Children with Autism package. Their goal is to improve the educational outcomes of school-aged students on the autism spectrum.

They work with schools, communities and families across Australia to deliver evidence-based content through workshops, webinars and online learning and aim to foster productive relationships in support of school aged students on the spectrum.

The Parenthood is a not for profit movement of Australian parents and carers working to gain positive policy changes through lobbying government and business. They represent thousands of mums, dads, grandparents and primary carers who want a voice in the issues that matter most to parents particularly relating to education, health and the support of good parenting.

As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families.

Andrew has some great resources for parents on his site and also conducts workshops for organisations, parents, students, teachers and health professionals on a wide range of topics.

The Raising Children Network website offers information on child development, behaviour, health, nutrition and fitness, play and learning, connecting and communicating, school and education, entertainment and technology, sleep and safety. It covers pregnancy and birth, newborns (0-3 months), babies (3-12 months), toddlers (1-3 years), preschoolers (3-5 years), school-age children (5-9 years), pre-teens (9-11 years), teens (12-18 years), grown-ups, children with autism and children with disability.

Family Links is a national charity in the UK dedicated to empowering children, parents, families, schools and workplaces to be emotionally healthy.

Their vision is a world where adults and children live flourishing lives, fulfil their potential and make a positive contribution to their community. Family Links believes that emotional health is a human right and that it is the foundation for achievement and happiness.

Reword - a new online anti-bullying tool that works as a plug in app in a similar way to spellcheck across a range of devices and platforms. It gives a real-time prompt, with a red line, that allows the user to reconsider their choice words or phrases that might give cause for concern - and to inform their future usage. Read the media release for more information or Download app

PANDA Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia is a specialist not for profit organisation that has helped tens of thousands of Australians get vital information and support for antenatal and postnatal depression for over 30 years.

The ACARA Parent Friendly Curriculum website provides information for families and carers about their children and what they are learning within the Australian Curriculum. Families can download and print information sheets relevant to their child's year of schooling.

Download The Australian Curriculum: an overview for parents to learn about how the Australian Curriculum is organised, including information about the learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities.

A parents guide to digital behaviour. Digital technology has changed everything in our world, from how we communicate with friends to how we do our jobs. Nobody has embraced digital technology more than young people. Ask any teenager, and they’ll happily tell you how much they love their smart phone.

But technology has also created new problems for parents of tweens and teens. With new tech comes new behavior issues that parents must deal with.

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