Rattler - Issue 131 - July 2020

In this edition of Rattler we focus on articles designed to inspire and uplift you during this challenging time.

We begin with our regular spotlight Meet the Member, where we find out how Young mobile playgroup and preschool, situated in the NSW south west, engages local families and community. We also bring you the second of a three part series focusing on exceeding services, with an in-depth look at how St Luke’s Preschool in Dapto held onto their exceeding rating during a change in leadership.

Much loved resilience specialist Maggie Dent provides tips for supporting children who are struggling with anxiety and stress, while writer Keeta Williams shares how we can promote professionalism in ECEC. Naomi Fillmore of the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) tells us about the importance of first languages in early childhood education, while Indigenous early education resource specialist Deborah Hoger provides an overview of Aboriginal STEM Perspectives in the early years.

We feature our regular research review by CELA research and policy manager Megan O’connell, who has also written a beautiful article detailing how educators can support children to grow and develop friendships.

This jam packed edition wraps up with a report outlining the results of a research study on managing educator well-being in challenging times.

We hope that you enjoy this edition and we look forward to connecting with you over the coming months as we support you through the continuing pandemic situation.

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