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The joy of programming for bugs and muddy puddles

“Behind educators and families, physical spaces hold the potential to influence what and how children learn.” ACECQA At Karana Early Education Centre, an Exceeding rated service in Mount Crosby, Queensland, children squelch in mud puddles that are large enough to float canoes in. They build cubbies with recycled, open-ended loose parts. And nobody minds when […]

How heavy work can help preschoolers with regulation

Running, spinning, banging and shouting – preschoolers can sometimes seem to have limitless energy. In some cases, it may be a child’s way of signalling that they are feeling overloaded or seeking sensory stimulation. Engaging children in ‘heavy work’ activities can be a great way to channel this energy and calm the mind by giving children a sense […]

An early chance to make a difference – what the latest autism research says

As we move towards Autism Awareness Day (Friday 2nd April), CELA Research and Policy Manager Megan O’Connell shares what the latest research says about autism spectrum disorder and how we can create an inclusive environment for children on the spectrum. By Megan O’Connell Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that can impact social skills, […]

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 […]

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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