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Have children's interests hijacked the curriculum? Our third provocation from Jennifer Ribarovski

This is the third in our series of four provocations from educator, academic and consultant Jennifer Ribarovski.  You can read her two previous posts here and here. Have children’s interests hijacked the curriculum, and diminished other opportunities for learning and development? In my last blog, I talked about intentional teaching, the ways that this might […]

'one more year isn’t really a ‘guarantee’ – it’s more like a warranty on a toaster' – the word from The Parenthood ahead of Budget 2017

As the 2017 Budget lock-up continues in Canberra, we can’t help but send up a wish that Education Minister Simon Birmingham would return to his pre-Jobs For Families commitment to support more hours of early learning for all children, including those from the most disadvantaged families in Australia.  The government puts enormous effort into school funding and the […]

Do parents make better early childhood educators? Let's roast this chestnut!

Oops! There it goes again! It was one of those Facebook posts from a frustrated educator asking one of those questions – the kind they don’t want to ask in person but they really want to discuss.  “Does it make you a better educator if you have children of your own?” During the most recent discussion of this […]

15 hours funding extended for another year: Birmingham

(Source: AAP, SBS, 9 News and other media outlets) Australia’s four-year-olds will be guaranteed affordable access to preschool for another year with the federal government extending its funding pledge. This pledge also covers three year olds who are eligible for equity funding. The commonwealth and states jointly fund a guaranteed 15 hours a week of […]

Have we learned our ABCs? The rise, fall, and rise again of big business in early learning services

Below is an abridged version of the Community Child Care Co-operative submission to the draft NSW State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for Education and Child Care.  Shortly after we sent this to the Planning Department our CEO Diane Lawson was interviewed by ABC TV on the subject, and we entered discussions with other concerned parties including the Australian Shadow […]

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Does 'intentional teaching' discourage actual teaching? Jennifer's next provocation

“Do terms such as intentional teaching and child-led learning actually take away educators’ confidence to teach?” In my last post for Amplify!, I talked about the perception of early childhood and care (ECEC) in the government and public eye.  This also gets me thinking about whether perception plays a role in how teaching and education practices are undertaken in […]

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