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Why vulnerable children need us more than ever

“We began 2020 in an environment never experienced before with Australia in the grips of fire, drought and later flood. Before many communities had time to recover, we found ourselves thrust into a pandemic. “Throughout the environmental crises communities drew together, mobilising efforts and helping each other, and early educators were a vital part of […]

Creating harmony through bilingual learning

If you’re considering how to celebrate Harmony Week this year (March 15-21), why not explore how the children in your service could benefit from language learning? Celebrating language diversity is an integral part of Harmony Week activities. Understanding how children learn new languages is a vital way to support children coming from other countries who […]

To queue or not to queue?

In many cultures, queuing is a crucial act of social organisation and courtesy. Considered by some to be a basic preschool skill, others say there’s no need for young children to wait in line before meals, outdoor play, or even on excursions. Is there an argument – for safety, or school-readiness – that young children […]

Learning about literacy

Literacy in the early years encompasses much more than reading, drawing and writing. Leonie Arthur explores early childhood educators’ critical role in supporting and extending children’s literacy learning. Contemporary definitions of literacy encompass viewing and creating visual and multimodal texts as well as the more traditional skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. In an […]

Gifted children need you too

What does giftedness look like in young children and how can early educators and parents work together to provide the best opportunity for these children to thrive? It is estimated that there is at least one gifted child in every early childhood service, but a recent study1 by psychologist and Clever Kids Consultancy founder Mimi […]

Lessons in cultural competence

Lessons in cultural competence

Early childhood programs should focus on cultural competence and inclusion as part of everyday practice, but how well do services manage cultural diversity of staff in early childhood settings? Adeline Teoh provides five ways to embrace cultural diversity in your service. The case for embracing cultural diversity is very clear, says Professor Tim Soutphommasane, human […]

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