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Early Childhood Education and care’s ever-increasing value to families

The Front Project’s latest survey of over 1000 parents and carers highlights how COVID-19 has reinforced the value of early childhood education and care in families’ minds. The latest survey results show that 80% of respondents say early childhood education and care is very important to their family. Parents commented on the challenges of juggling […]

ECEC front line – we thank you

In an early April press release, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the importance of our sector during COVID, saying “… [ECEC] services are vital for so many parents so they can provide for their family, and children need as much familiarity and continuity as we can help provide at this unsettling time.” In the same […]

Families and vulnerability report: Why early education is essential to Australia’s COVID-19 recovery

Community Early Learning Australia has released a report that highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, and the importance of early education in the nation’s recovery. We are calling for childcare support to continue to ensure vulnerable children do not miss out on vital care. “With so many families losing jobs and income, […]

Keeping staff and students safe during COVID-19 – Part 2

The government has provided information about COVID-19 for NSW schools, universities and childcare centres including how to encourage good hygiene, social distancing, preparing for illness and communicating changes. But what does that look like in reality in an ECEC setting? In the second of our two-part series, we speak with a service in Lismore on […]

Keeping staff and children safe during COVID-19 – Part 1

The government has provided information about COVID-19 for NSW schools, universities and childcare centres including how to encourage good hygiene, social distancing, preparing for illness and communicating changes. But what does that look like in reality in an ECEC setting? In this two-part series, we speak with services in southern Sydney and Lismore to find […]

Senior academic supports states reopening schools

“The longer that Australian schools remain closed or partially closed, the worse our gap between advantaged and less advantaged students will become.” Dr Leila Morsy In last week’s Amplify we shared why vulnerable children need ECEC now more than ever, but that need is not limited to early childhood. As Term 2 starts in NSW, […]

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 […]

Preparing teams for remote teaching

When schools in Victoria started Term 2 on April 14 with a focus on remote education, Nola Barber Kindergarten was well prepared. In March, the centre formed two separate teams – one for remote and one for onsite learning. When it came to choosing who would be in each team, health and wellbeing were the […]

Aussie educators lifting spirits

“I believe that this is a time of significance for our sector, and for families attending early childhood services. We have the opportunity to influence, impact and encourage our families in a way that has never been done before.” Blake Stewart, Director of St Luke’s Preschool, in Dapto, NSW   While the world faces a […]

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