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Tours and orientations – how to welcome new families while staying COVID safe (part two)

Tours and orientations of early learning services are important for both educators and families and can be an emotional and much-anticipated experience.  However, conducting tours and orientations during COVID-19 brings a whole new raft of challenges. This two-part series explores strategies for welcoming new families while keeping everyone safe. In this article, we focus on […]

New resource helps children feel informed when visiting a COVID respiratory clinic

Around Australia, many children are having to visit respiratory clinics instead of their regular family doctor. They may need to undertake a COVID-19 test. This can be confronting to young children, who may arrive to see large tents full of unfamiliar people with clipboards, wearing face masks and other protective clothing. After speaking to a […]

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Wearing masks in ECEC – is it time to reframe our thinking?

As the COVID-19 resurgence continues in Victoria, and with cases appearing across parts of New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland, the issue of wearing face masks is again a focus of discussion. Masks have been compulsory in Victoria for educators when greeting parents and working away from children, but are not currently mandated when […]

A magical tea party that aims to unite global play

Have you signed up for the International Fairy Tea Party 2020 yet? In a year which has been full of challenges, this international celebration aims to unite the world in play. The celebration was created by Swedish play and education activist Suzanne Axelsson. It takes place annually over three days on the Thursday, Friday and […]

Broadside – How children are faring in their year before school

Hundreds of thousands of children across Australia are finishing early childhood education this year. For four and five year olds it will be a very different experience to those who’ve gone before them. Their education has been disrupted by COVID-19 at a crucial time when they should be learning new skills to support their transition […]

Wrangling runny noses in a COVID-19 environment

Prior to the pandemic, runny noses were an expected sight in early education and care settings. They have now been blown into the centre of heated debates around ECEC protocols and safety measures. Should you send a child home who ‘only’ has a runny nose? What if it’s clear vs green or yellow? What should […]

Preparing 4 year olds for school in a COVID-19 environment

Across Australia, hundreds of thousands of children are attending their final year of early childhood education and care, before starting primary school. This is an important year for four-year-olds, where they continue to develop skills that will assist them in transitioning to school. These skills include playing with other children, regulating emotions and participating in […]

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 […]

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