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Families and vulnerability report: Why early education is essential to Australia’s COVID-19 recovery

Community Early Learning Australia has released a report that highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, and the importance of early education in the nation’s recovery. We are calling for childcare support to continue to ensure vulnerable children do not miss out on vital care. “With so many families losing jobs and income, […]

Upcycling Inspirations

Early childhood educators have always been masters of reusing and repurposing materials – it’s how we make ends meet with tight budgets. Upcycling takes this thrifty and sustainable trend a step further, boosted by the rise of ‘Loose Parts Play’. The term ‘upcycling’ was first used in 2002 and the most succinct definition is ‘the […]

Caring for young children with food allergies

In Australia, one in 10 infants now have a confirmed food allergy, with food-related anaphylaxis having doubled in the last 10 years. Food allergy week runs from 24 to 30 May, so we asked the team at Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) to share some key ways that early education services can manage food allergies […]

How we can demonstrate reconciliation in action

From 27 May to 3 June we celebrate National Reconciliation Week. This week marks two significant dates in our history; the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision. In the early childhood context, it is a time to celebrate and highlight the achievements of Australians in coming together and contributing towards the reconciliation […]

Creating and sustaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships in ECEC

‘In this together’, the theme for National Reconciliation Week 2020 (27 May – 3 June), encourages all Australians to reflect on the part they play on our journey towards reconciliation. Fostering an understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander cultures can have a profound and positive effect on children’s future attitudes towards cultural […]

Granbuddies program provides vital social connections to the elderly

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many elderly residents of care homes have been left feeling more alone and isolated than ever – particularly those with no relatives to talk to via phone or digital devices. Research1 has found that perceived social isolation and loneliness are associated with depression, cognitive decline, poor sleep quality, a weaker immune system, and […]

Don’t forget to play

How we can help families to facilitate learning through play while learning from home During the pandemic, many parents have been feeling stressed by the thought of having to continue their child’s early learning while in isolation. Some are trying to juggle work commitments while homeschooling children of multiple age groups, while others are becoming […]

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