Exploring giftedness

At times, giftedness can be a lonely reality for parents who are unprepared for, and unable to talk about, the advanced development and particular characteristics and demands of their young gifted children. However, examples of the daily realities of living with a gifted child such as amazing memory and vocabulary, reading ability, curiosity and alertness […]

Is it time to rethink professional development in the early childhood sector? The ‘expert’ model may not be delivering much bang for our training buck.

‘And beware of advice from experts, pigs, and members of Parliament’ (Henson, 2007). In early December 2013 the Federal Government announced that it intended to redirect unused funding from the Early Years Quality Fund, which was established to support the implementation of the National Quality Framework (NQF), to a new professional development programme: the Long […]

How animals can help autistic children

Daniel the “emotional support duck” is a pretty big deal, both in the animal and human world. His 15 minutes of fame began after he was spotted on a flight in the US – from Charlotte to Asheville, North Carolina – waddling around the plane in a nappy and some stylish red shoes. He is said […]

Early Childhood Education: Then and Now

A History of Early Childhood Education The roots of early childhood education go as far back as the early 1500s, where the concept of educating children was attributed to Martin Luther (1483-1546). Back then, very few people knew how to read and many were illiterate. Martin Luther believed that education should be universal and made […]

It takes a village

If it takes an entire community taking an active role in contributing towards the raising of a child, then are we still not acknowledging the male elephant in the room? The advocacy of men in early childhood education (ECE) and the societal perception of male educators in general are troubling for the entire sector, and the […]

Embracing inclusion—an educator’s experience

During my time as an educator, the children in my group spanned across a three-year age range and hailed from 15 or more distinct cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Two were funded for educational support, one with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the other with an unspecified intellectual disability/foetal alcohol syndrome. At the start of […]

Building connections and resolving conflict by getting to know the neighbours

Neighbours―everyone needs good ones―or so we’re told. Learn more about one service’s experiences when relationships weren’t ideal and how they made them better. Early childhood education and care services are often very aware of what is in their local community. Surrounding parks, shops, fire and police stations and other places of interest are often utilised […]

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