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AEDC 2018 state by state (a simple guide)

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) reports every three years on how Australian children have developed by the time they start school. It looks at five areas of early childhood development domains: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, and communication skills and general knowledge. The 2018 report is out […]

Let’s hear it for the men of MENu

A hard call Last week we chose the winners of our scholarship to the MENu conference in Adelaide in February.  With so many entrants via our Facebook page and website, judging was very difficult. In fact, our judges were so impressed with the quality of applications that instead of awarding two scholarships they chose three. […]

Around Australia Transition to School Series – Queensland

Queensland Transition to School We’re almost done now and in their last week of term for 2017 we turn to sunny Queensland’s transition to school in our Around Australia series. CELA writer Cath Fowler checked the scene and brings you this snapshot accompanied by a director’s perspective. North of the border In Queensland, the year […]

Belittlement isn't what we teach children

‘How do we rebound from this?’ Life in the regulatory naughty corner

Recently we shared information about how the publication of enforcement actions – based on the public’s right to know about major compliance breaches and prosecutions – can differ from state to state. While Section 270 of the National Regulation says each regulatory authority may publish information, not all choose to do so. Currently the ACT […]

national children's week 2017

National Children’s Week 2017

No matter where you will celebrate Children’s Week (October 21-29 2017), we’ve got you covered. This year’s Children’s Week National Theme is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 29 Education should develop each child’s personality and talents to the full. It should encourage children to respect their parents, their cultures and […]

Preschooler with scissors

QKFS in the spotlight

In 2010, the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS) was introduced. The aim was to ensure the cost of kindergarten is not a barrier to access for families. Other subsidy or base funding schemes exist in other Australian jurisdictions, either in direct response to the Universal Access national partnership agreement or a preceding policy. The QKFS subsidy has […]


Zucchini that grows itself, and more to come from Lukas Ritson

Spring is springing all over Australia and a goodly number of educators, directors and parent committees are checking out the latest nursery catalogues and thinking of punnets, seed packets and wondering which purchases will make it onto the budget this year. Enter: the zucchini that grows itself. Start with one zucchini, then follow the life […]

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