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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. […]

Nugel

Educators must recognise trauma in Aboriginal children in care

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are advised that this story contains images of people who are now deceased. It’s hard not to get emotional watching this video… In an Australian first, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has commenced transferring Guardianship of Aboriginal Children on Children’s Court Protection Orders to the CEO […]

vaccines and natural medicine

When facts aren’t enough: appealing to anti-vax families

A new study led by a researcher from The University of Western Australia has analysed the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by parents who reject some or all vaccines for their children. While the study didn’t find a causal link between the two practices, it did find a connection that might help ECE […]

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 […]

children's art

‘Hold them back’ bias against gifted children

Australia’s tall poppy syndrome starts early, says Dr Mimi Wellisch, with the nation overlooking potential future Einsteins in the population even before school-age – holding back children in an attempt to make them fit in socially. At a conference for school counsellors in Melbourne on 5 October, Mimi will say there is a stark contrast […]

Leadership commitment to each other

Leadership: our commitment to each other

Martel Menz, Vice President Early Childhood, Australian Education Union, returns as a guest writer this week with a thoughtful post on leadership.  Leading, she says, can occur at every level of an organisation, regardless of your job title.  Leadership is a commitment to each other. CELA also spoke with Stephanie Willey from Yarralea Children’s Centre, […]

Immunisation

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 […]

Around Australia series: approaches to school transition. Victoria!

Victoria Transition to School Our Around Australia series moves on this week, shifting south from NSW to Victoria. The series looks at what’s making news in school transitions in every state and territory and identifies opportunities to learn from each other about what is and isn’t working in each jurisdiction. Greater insight into effective transitions […]

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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