By CELA 5 Mar, 2021

Solving the workforce crisis requires national action

Growing and nurturing a quality ECEC workforce is crucial if we want all Australian children to be able to access quality early learning. Consultations on the National Workforce Strategy are imminent, so the time is right to consider how we can enable our sector to attract, develop and retain a quality workforce.

By CELA 5 Mar, 2021

Dealing effectively with complaints in ECEC

Working with children and families often means that we are juggling competing demands and expectations, and sometimes this also requires us to deal with complaints when expectations haven’t been met, or when unexpected situations have occurred.

By CELA 1 Mar, 2021

A reflection on the ethics of group time, a pedagogical dilemma?

How do you feel about group time? Do you see it as a negative concept that takes away from a child’s autonomy and right to play, or a positive time for collaboration, connections and transition? Perhaps, like many aspects of early childhood education, it’s all about how we approach it.

By CELA 19 Feb, 2021

Should pre-schoolers say the word bum?

The language used in children’s books, movies, and TV shows has gradually changed since the turn of the century. Words that were once taboo for a young child’s ears are now commonly heard in popular picture books like The Bum Book, Poo in the Zoo, and No-one Likes a Fart.

By CELA 5 Feb, 2021

What is the Abecedarian Approach?

The Abecedarian Approach places a priority on high-quality adult-child interactions and children’s language acquisition.

Research has shown that the approach can improve IQ and stimulate development in multiple domains. These interactions can even work to counteract the negative impact of growing up in disadvantaged circumstances.

By Stephanie Seidler 5 Feb, 2021

The school bus project: Explaining the value of process vs product

Stephanie Seidler is an experienced early educator who is passionate about promoting meaningful educational experiences for children.

She recently created a presentation to help educate teachers and parents about the benefits of process art over product art.

Stephanie has kindly agreed to let us share it with you so that you can prepare educators and families for a “craptivity”-free future.

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