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Belittlement isn't what we teach children

‘How do we rebound from this?’ Life in the regulatory naughty corner

Recently we shared information about how the publication of enforcement actions – based on the public’s right to know about major compliance breaches and prosecutions – can differ from state to state. While Section 270 of the National Regulation says each regulatory authority may publish information, not all choose to do so. Currently the ACT […]

Storytelling as education (don’t tell the children!)

 Lindy Mitchell-Nilsson of Heart to Heart Storytelling returns as one of your favourite guest writers with her thoughts on cloaking dull truths in the beautiful colours of story.  In an article that reminded us a little of the 1990s ad for Sultana Bran, Lindy invites you to consider just how valuable stories are for embedding helpful […]

Storytelling as education (don’t tell the children!)

 Lindy Mitchell-Nilsson of Heart to Heart Storytelling returns as one of your favourite guest writers with her thoughts on cloaking dull truths in the beautiful colours of story.  In an article that reminded us a little of the 1990s ad for Sultana Bran, Lindy invites you to consider just how valuable stories are for embedding helpful […]

Diane Lawson and Luci Ellis

Talking early learning to the Reserve Bank of Australia

Talking early learning to the Reserve Bank of Australia Today I met with  the Reserve Bank of Australia Industry Liaison to participate in a discussion led by Luci Ellis, Assistant Governor (Economics). The liaison program generates industry insights that seek to influence Australian monetary policy development. Around 20 other people were also invited to share perspectives […]

Poppies on Armistice Day

Talking to young children about Remembrance Day

This Saturday is Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day. While few children’s services will be open, many children will have seen poppy badges being sold on street corners, or be aware of older siblings participating in commemoration ceremonies at school on Friday. They may wonder, on the weekend, why adults around them suddenly go […]

Australia's services rely on international students

Our sector relies on international students, says Kylie Dorrian

The National Quality Framework set in place a higher expectation of professional teaching in children’s services, enacted largely by raising the qualification levels required for staff. From the earliest days, however, it’s been obvious that demand for qualified staff would outstrip supply.  Low salary levels and longer hours than primary school equivalents drive many degree […]

Sue Motley and children, Photo credit, Armidale Express

Inspire Interview Number Two: Sue Motley

This year’s Inspire Conference is only ONE week away now, and what better way to introduce you to some of our inspiring panelists and speakers than to find out what inspires them? Last week we spoke with Dr Martyn Mills-Bayne, University of South Australia Lecturer: Early Childhood Education, and Coordinator of the MENtor Program for Males in […]

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