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Asthma – what you need to know

In Australia, one in 10 children have asthma. This is one of the highest of rates of childhood asthma in the world. With air quality labelled as “hazardous” over many areas of Australia due to recent fires, there has been an increase of asthma related presentations to emergency departments. With this increased risk, Sarah Hunstead, […]

Food for thought

Sharp knives. Raw meat. Cooking on the BBQ. Does this sound risky or does it sound like real cooking experiences for children? John Stewart shows services how to bring more risk into the kitchen, and beyond. In an early childhood education and care setting, educators may well be challenged by the thought of cooking with […]

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 […]

Safe gardens for children

Grow safely this Spring There’s no doubt that many Australian services have a long tradition of gardening and natural surroundings for young children. Equally, there’s no doubt that through the 1990s and Noughties there was an explosion of ‘plastic fantastic’ outdoor areas for early childhood education, driven in part by a community-wide fear of insurance […]

Be part of National Child Protection Week

National Child Protection Week, 1–7 September This year for Child Protection Week we are able to share not just what’s going on, but also why it’s being communicated the way it is. If you’ve wondered why lighthouses feature so prominently in the Week’s promotional campaign, read on! The 2019 National Child Protection Week (often called […]

Seven vertical projects turning play sideways

Has anyone recently asked you to look at things from a different point of view? Maybe you’ve been invited to think outside the box? How about turning your frown upside down? It’s occasionally unsettling, but more often refreshing and engaging, to change the way you view everyday activities. Even more so when you can apply […]

Connecting ECE and business

There’s a new economic analysis of the benefits high quality early childhood education in Australia. Jump over to our other story today to get your hands on some fantastic information for advocacy and community awareness out of the A Smart Investment for a Smarter Australia analysis. The organisation behind the analysis is The Front Project, a […]

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