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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 […]

Amplify provocation teaching

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 […]

Embedding Aboriginal cultural perspectives in your service

As educators in Australia, it’s important to include Aboriginal cultural perspectives in the work that we do. But it can be hard to know where to start. Students in one of our recent ‘Aboriginal Cultural Perspectives in Education and Care: A Starting Point’ courses spoke to us outside the classroom, sharing their experience of the […]

So you got the job!  How to have a successful orientation with in-home ECE.

Congratulations on your new role.  There is a lot to learn each time you start with a family.   Your new family is unique, with their own values and beliefs about raising their child. Each child has their own personality, temperament and interests for you to learn about. It is in everyone’s best interests then that […]

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