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“How many ways can you talk?” AUSLAN creates opportunities for inclusion and joy

Auslan is short for Australian sign language. It’s a visual form of communication that uses hand, arm and body movements to convey meaning. While it was originally created for the hearing impaired, its incorporation in an early learning environment creates many exciting opportunities for engagement, inclusion and a richer shared culture. Christine Tsang, Director of […]

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 […]

How we can demonstrate reconciliation in action

From 27 May to 3 June we celebrate National Reconciliation Week. This week marks two significant dates in our history; the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision. In the early childhood context, it is a time to celebrate and highlight the achievements of Australians in coming together and contributing towards the reconciliation […]

Don’t forget to play

How we can help families to facilitate learning through play while learning from home During the pandemic, many parents have been feeling stressed by the thought of having to continue their child’s early learning while in isolation. Some are trying to juggle work commitments while homeschooling children of multiple age groups, while others are becoming […]

Excuse me, Miss?

Are you a Miss Jane, or a plain Janey? We live in an age where most children call their friends’ parents by their first names, and that’s usually the case for early years and OSHC educators too. Yet it wasn’t always so. A generation or so back, ECE staff were more often Miss Jenny or […]

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 […]

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