By Rachel Ho 9 Aug, 2021

Reflecting on why early learning matters, and what it means to trust a child’s innate motivation for learning

Organised by Early Childhood Australia, Early Learning Matters (ELM) Week provides a great opportunity to tell our communities how high-quality early education and care supports children to be confident, enthusiastic learners, building a foundation for wellbeing and achievement throughout their lives.

In acknowledging the importance of early learning during ELM week in July, educator Rachel Ho reflected on how she can continue to grow her practices and pedagogy further, with a focus on what it really means to have faith in the innate knowledge children are born with when facilitating children’s learning.

By Victoria Mackinlay 9 Aug, 2021

Let’s get outside: Surprisingly interesting tree bark activities and facts

Tree bark might not come to mind immediately when thinking of inspiring outdoor activities, but for award-winning children’s author Victoria Mackinlay, this rough pearl of nature sparked an idea for her latest book, and hours of fun adventures and investigations in nature with her daughter. 

Victoria shares interesting and mindful bark-related activities and facts to support outdoor learning in services, which could also inspire activities and investigations for families who are keeping children at home due to COVID. 

By CELA 1 Aug, 2021

Let's take a look into the window of tolerance

Tom and Erin Pascall, ECEC professionals with a psychology background, share how we can expand the window of tolerance for children and the importance of understanding our own window of tolerance. They also offer helpful skills for getting through periods of dysregulation. 

By Deborah Hoger 1 Aug, 2021

Representation matters, here’s how you can conduct a bookshelf audit

Being deliberate and intentional in our book choices, and actively including books with diverse characters, is beneficial to all children. Regular CELA writer and Indigenous early education resource specialist Deborah Hoger shares why a book audit is important for fostering inclusion, and provides four easy steps for how you can conduct a bookshelf audit in your service. 

By Karthika Viknarasah 26 Jul, 2021

How we can introduce numeracy in the early years

ECEC Director and CELA trainer Karthika Viknarasah shares how numeracy and maths can be approached in the early years, why it's an important part of early years development, and how we can make it visible to families.

By CELA 18 Jul, 2021

Tips for communicating with families during challenging times

We speak to Donna Goetz, Director of Laverton Community Children’s Centre in Victoria, about how her team have optimised their communication with families during a year of lockdowns. We also share tips for how to communicate in times of crisis, and how to approach oppositional situations.

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