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Unpacking the theme for Children’s Week 2020

Children’s Week (24 October to 1 November) is an annual event that celebrates and highlights children’s rights and achievements, including the right to enjoy childhood. This years’ theme focuses on Article 15 from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: “Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and […]

Is good intent good enough? A critical reflection

Beth Sebesfi is an early childhood teacher and mother of three young daughters. From time to time she shares with us the professional insights arising from her personal experiences with children at work and home. Today’s story is a reflection on intention versus learning outcomes, particularly when it comes to artistic expression in early education […]

Children and vulnerability – Emerging insights and how our sector can help

Anti-Poverty Week, observed from 11-17 October, is a national campaign to raise awareness for the financial struggles thousands of Australians experience every day. Poverty has far-reaching impacts on Australia’s children, which has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. CELA Research and Policy Manager Megan O’Connell casts further light on disadvantage in the pandemic environment and […]

Tyabb Village’s real life RAP journey – 2 years on

2020 marks the twentieth anniversary of the reconciliation walks of 2000, when people came together to walk on bridges and roads across the nation and show their support for a more reconciled Australia. Embedding reconciliation in early childhood education, by promoting a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being, is […]

Space week 2020 – how satellites improve life

The theme for Space week 2020 (Sun, 4 Oct – Sat, 10 Oct) is ‘Satellites improve life’.  It might seem like a challenging theme to discuss with preschoolers until you realise how many satellites are part of our daily life. Hayley Bates from Little Scientists talks us through how we could start discussions and investigations […]

8 sensory activities for babies and toddlers

Sensory play helps babies and toddlers learn about the diverse and complex world around them. Educators can plan activities that encourage young children to use their five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Popular sensory activities include finger painting and bubbles. Here are eight more activities, including their learning outcomes and links to the […]

Our self assessment journey – Jannali BASC

We recently shared how self-assessment can be of benefit to the Assessment and Rating process, and how a new working document has been developed to support services through the self-assessment process. This week we speak with Jannali Before and After School Care (BASC), who used the opt-in self-assessment tool earlier this year and achieved an […]

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