Reading to your child: the difference it makes

Reading to your child: the difference it makes

If you are a parent or a teacher, you most probably read stories to young children. Together, you laugh and point at the pictures. You engage them with a few simple questions. And they respond. So what happens to children when they participate in shared reading? Does it make a difference to their learning? If […]

Government must boost attendance rates in early education

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Megan O’Connell, Victoria University; Bronwyn Hinz, Victoria University; Hannah Cole, Victoria University, and Stacey Fox, Victoria University Early childhood is one of the most important areas in Australian education. But according to a new report: nearly five years after the National Quality Standards were introduced, one-quarter of services have not been assessed. Of those that […]

Background Music

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As a person who has worked in the management side of Early Childhood Care and Education for the past 6 or so years, sometimes it is cathartic to put down the staff roster and the invoices and pick up a baby instead. So today I did just that. The following is a recount of what […]

Collaborating with families: Not a problem!

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Relationships with families have always been considered an important area of early childhood educators’ practice. However, in the past many educators’ interest in relationships with families has focused mainly on problems or challenges: ‘What do I do about this parent who … ?’ Two possible reasons for this problem-oriented focus are: Strong tradition of parent […]

From signing to ‘sensory’: can trendy baby classes really boost a child’s development?

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Parent and baby classes are increasingly popular, and the choice greater than ever. These days you can even take newborns on courses ranging from massage, yoga, music and swimming, to “signing” (teaching babies simple gestures to communicate needs), and “sensory” (letting babies explore different textures, sights, sounds and so on). Many of these courses promise […]

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