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National Children's Week

National Children’s Week 2019

This year, National Children’s Week runs from 19 to 27 October. With a permanent theme of ‘A caring world shares’, Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities (find out more about the history of Children’s Week). The Office […]

Early Learning Matters Week

Educators and politicians embrace #EarlyLearningMatters Week

More than forty MPs and senators from across the political spectrum are visiting early childhood services in every state and territory this week to show their support and learn more about the benefits of quality early learning for children, families and communities. Early Learning Matters Week—an initiative of the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign—is being […]

Lessons in cultural competence

Lessons in cultural competence

Early childhood programs should focus on cultural competence and inclusion as part of everyday practice, but how well do services manage cultural diversity of staff in early childhood settings? Adeline Teoh provides five ways to embrace cultural diversity in your service. The case for embracing cultural diversity is very clear, says Professor Tim Soutphommasane, human […]

Returning to study

Educators need education. The focus on both entry level and ongoing professional development is a fundamental requirement of participation in the National Quality Framework and, more generally, one of the hallmarks of a true profession in the modern world. But sometimes it’s easier said than done. Time, money, confidence, employment, location and awareness can all […]

Safe gardens for children

Grow safely this Spring There’s no doubt that many Australian services have a long tradition of gardening and natural surroundings for young children. Equally, there’s no doubt that through the 1990s and Noughties there was an explosion of ‘plastic fantastic’ outdoor areas for early childhood education, driven in part by a community-wide fear of insurance […]

Be part of National Child Protection Week

National Child Protection Week, 1–7 September This year for Child Protection Week we are able to share not just what’s going on, but also why it’s being communicated the way it is. If you’ve wondered why lighthouses feature so prominently in the Week’s promotional campaign, read on! The 2019 National Child Protection Week (often called […]

Seven vertical projects turning play sideways

Has anyone recently asked you to look at things from a different point of view? Maybe you’ve been invited to think outside the box? How about turning your frown upside down? It’s occasionally unsettling, but more often refreshing and engaging, to change the way you view everyday activities. Even more so when you can apply […]

Work-family conflict levels measured

Parents may reduce a high level of work-family conflict by cutting back paid employment hours or giving up their supervisor/management status, the latest Melbourne Institute report into Australian family life has found. The report, Living In Australia 2019, is a new publication which integrates with the long-running annual HILDA survey – HILDA standing for Household […]

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