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We hear you – the National Partnership for Universal Access

We hear you – the National Partnership for Universal Access has worked, and funding must continue! The Commonwealth Government is reviewing the national funding agreement that supports all Australian children to attend 15 hours of quality early childhood education in the year before they start school. The Universal Access National Partnership funding is crucial to […]

Upskilling in early education

On Wednesday 11 September Future Tracks, a social enterprise committed to attracting and supporting the next generation of teachers and leaders in early childhood education, released their research report on Upskilling in early childhood education. The report provides interesting insights into the barriers and opportunities to grow the ECEC workforce. The report was commissioned to […]

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 […]

Early Learning Matters Week

Educators and politicians embrace #EarlyLearningMatters Week

More than forty MPs and senators from across the political spectrum are visiting early childhood services in every state and territory this week to show their support and learn more about the benefits of quality early learning for children, families and communities. Early Learning Matters Week—an initiative of the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign—is being […]

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 […]

Returning to study

Educators need education. The focus on both entry level and ongoing professional development is a fundamental requirement of participation in the National Quality Framework and, more generally, one of the hallmarks of a true profession in the modern world. But sometimes it’s easier said than done. Time, money, confidence, employment, location and awareness can all […]

School readiness questions asked

School readiness. Are there two words more likely to provoke ‘lively discussion’ in any group of early childhood educators? Then if you bring some parents and school teachers into the group, and add another two words –  say, ‘standardised testing’ – that discussion will almost certainly escalate from ‘lively’ to ‘heated’. School readiness as a […]

bbf

Labor promises urgent review of BBF funding

Square pegs in a round hole Vicki Olds is an early childhood teacher, but lately she’s wondering why. For years she’s delivered specialised and responsive early childhood education programs to some of Australia’s most remote and vulnerable families as part of the Broken Hill Outback Mobile Resource Unit, a BBF (budget-based funding) service that covers […]

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