Election 2016: what will a re-elected Coalition government mean for Early Childhood Education and Care?


Labor leader Bill Shorten on Sunday conceded the 2016 election to Malcolm Turnbull, though it remains uncertain whether the Coalition will form a majority or minority government. So what’s ahead now for health, infrastructure, the economy, welfare, education and more? The Conversation’s experts respond to what the Coalition’s agenda will mean for key policy areas. […]

Invisible children: research shows up to one in five Aboriginal newborns aren’t registered

**FILE** An undated file image of sisters playing in the mud after a rare rain at Hoppy's 'town camp' on the outskirts of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Shocking claims of youth sexual abuse and prostitution involving indigenous children in far north Queensland communities have emerged in a government-commissioned report, Saturday, March 12, 2016. (AAP Image/Marianna Massey) NO ARCHIVING

Around 20% of Aboriginal births in Western Australia between 1996 and 2012 weren’t registered. The findings from new research published today in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health mean that nearly 5,000 babies started life with no identity. In many respects, these babies were invisible. Low birth registrations are not limited to […]

Chip to spark an interest in early childhood STEM


At Digichild we are getting excited about conceptual, hands-on and interactive options at ECA’s 2016 national conference. International keynote Chip Donohue, who in recent months has seen the debate about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in early childhood gain new urgency in the USA, will join us to talk about his experience of putting together […]

Mixed-age grouping – why we love it!


Mixed-age grouping is also called family grouping in education and care settings and is simply where children are grouped in mixed ages rather than the more traditional way of grouping by age. The current trend of smaller families, children spending more time in out of home care and family mobility means many children have little […]

Embracing the assessment and rating process


Being assessed and rated can understandably be a nervous time for educators. ACECQA caught up with Vashti Hicks, an Authorised Officer with the Queensland Department of Education and Training, to discuss her role and how services can prepare and embrace the assessment and ratings process. Tell us a little about your background  I have been […]

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