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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. […]

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 […]

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Prospect’s intergenerational learning: Ranjana Pershad

‘Only three of the children here have grandparents in Australia.’ ‘I drive past that aged care home every day – I’d love to arrange a visit with my room.’ ‘I think our kids would be way too noisy for the older people!’ After reading the story Prospect Community Early Education and Care submitted about their intergenerational learning […]

Transition to school SA

Transition to school series – South Australia

Our Around Australia series looks at the topic of children’s transitions to school – examining the hot issues in each jurisdiction and looking at ways we can learn from each other. Having explored NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, our focus shifts this week to South Australia, where Reception is the first year of school and kindergarten […]


When two policies collide: vaccination and universal access across Australia

The story so far… In March this year, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote to all state and territory governments asking them to exclude children from any early childhood service or preschool unless they were immunised against preventable diseases or had a valid medical exemption. The intention was to close the ‘loophole’ present in many […]

Keep Calm PJ Days

With all due respect… what’s professional about pyjamas? A new provocation from Molly Rhodin

With all due respect… This is how our latest guest writer Molly Rhodin began a Facebook post last weekend on the giant, public, EYLF/NQF Ideas and Discussions group. Molly questioned the early childhood service ‘institution’ of PJ Day, an event allowing educators and children to attend wearing their pyjamas.  Particularly popular in winter time, PJ Day is sometimes connected to […]

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