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A reflection on the ethics of group time, a pedagogical dilemma?

How do you feel about group time? Do you see it as a negative concept that takes away from a child’s autonomy and right to play, or a positive time for collaboration, connections and transition? Perhaps, like many aspects of early childhood education, it’s all about how we approach it. Pedagogical Leader Karla Wintle shares […]

Educating in remote and complex environments – challenges and solutions

By Megan O’Connell, CELA Research and Policy Manager Amongst the many Government reports and inquiries conducted in 2020, one released in late 2020 received little attention. The Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training released a report on Education in remote and complex environments. This report builds on two previous reports, the Independent Review into […]

Non-linear investigations, the wonder of bees and how to structure a STEM project

The biennial Little Scientists Early STEM Award celebrates early childhood services’ achievements in the areas of inquiry-based learning and child-led STEM exploration. In our final article about the 2020 award winners, we share a project focused around the wonder of bees, and one that grew from queries about a dumpling steamer into an exploration of […]

How children’s curiosity about space led to Early STEM Award prizes

The biennial Little Scientists Early STEM Award celebrates early childhood services’ achievements in the areas of inquiry-based learning and child-led STEM exploration. In this two-part series, we share stories from some of the 2020 winners, along with insights into how the children benefited from the experience, and why the projects stood out to the judging […]

No such thing as a ‘standard brain’: A reflection on the value early educators make for children with learning differences

Beth Sebesfi is an early childhood teacher and mother of three daughters aged 6, 4 and 2. 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 the impact of a surprise ‘double diagnosis’ of giftedness and […]

What is the Abecedarian Approach?

The Abecedarian Approach places a priority on high-quality adult-child interactions and children’s language acquisition. Research has shown that the approach can improve IQ and stimulate development in multiple domains. These interactions can even work to counteract the negative impact of growing up in disadvantaged circumstances. This week we speak with two Australian educators who are […]

The school bus project: Explaining the value of process vs product

A reflection by Stephanie Lynn Stephanie Lynn is an experienced early educator who is passionate about promoting meaningful educational experiences for children. She recently created a presentation to help educate teachers and parents about the benefits of process art over product art. Stephanie has kindly agreed to let us share it with you so that […]

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