Word by word – February 2015

“The report calls for a simpler system. It calls for a more targeted system, particularly for middle- to lower income families, because that is where the commission has identified the area where we can have the biggest influence on that kitchen table conversation on the economics of child care and the affordability of child care. […]

Food for thought

We are all familiar with the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and likely remember being told that “carrots help you see in the dark”. But what are the physical implications of the intake of nutritious food and why is their consumption so highly promoted in the National Quality Framework (NQF)? When receiving […]

No, the research doesn’t say that iPads damage brains

Recent news headlines have many parents of young children in a state of panic. Some popular news outlets claimed that there was “scientific evidence” that indicated that touchscreen devices were detrimental for young children’s development. The headlines stated that there was science to support the claim that, “iPads and Smartphones May Damage Toddler Brains”. The […]

Business benefits from investment in early childhood

It is not unexpected that in recent weeks, parts of the business sector are calling for the government to scrap the 1.5% levy that was earmarked to fund the Prime Minister’s proposed generous Paid Parental Leave scheme. When the Prime Minister announced changes to his proposed scheme, there were suggestions that the levy could instead […]

One giant leap together

The beginning of a new experience is generally an exciting time for anyone but with it also comes a level of apprehension as you take your first steps into the unfamiliar. Starting school is a big step for children and helping them transition to school is an important part of their journey of life-long learning. […]

Extending learning – more than activities

Element 1.2.2 Educators respond to children’s ideas and play and use intentional teaching to scaffold and extend each child’s learning. (National Quality Standard) This Element reminds educators to do more than simply notice children’s learning and congratulate them on it. When you think about extending children’s learning, what do you think about? View image | […]

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