Supporting young children’s rights: statement of intent

On 31 March 2015, Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, and Early Childhood Australia’s CEO, Sam Page, will jointly launch a statement of intent on supporting young children’s rights. This collaboratively developed document provides all professionals and services working with young children with a framework to be a clear and credible voice advocating in […]

The Learning Outcomes – read the small print!

Many educators record assessments of children’s learning using the headings Identity, Contribution and connection, Wellbeing, Communication and Confidence as a learner. While it definitely makes sense to use the Early Years Learning Framework and Frameworks for School Aged Care Learning Outcomes as a focus, I’m not convinced that simply repeating what’s in the Frameworks is […]

Seven essentials for supporting families with home matters

By learning about and incorporating elements of home into children’s daily experiences educators assist the growth of a child’s sense of identity, belonging, and connectedness. Knowing about a child’s world beyond the early childhood setting has another benefit; educators can support children and families when aspects of life change or become challenging. Life is great […]

Why some children think they’re more special than everyone else

Narcissistic children feel superior to others, believe they are entitled to privileges and crave admiration from others. When they don’t get the admiration they want, they may lash out aggressively. Why do some children become narcissistic, whereas others develop more modest views of themselves? We have undertaken research into this question and we found socialisation […]

Driving Miss Daisy…Safely

Car crashes are one of the leading causes of child death in Australia. Several thousand children aged birth to six years are hospitalised each year in Australia from injuries sustained in car crashes. And while studies by road safety researchers show that almost all young children in Australia (98 per cent) use child restraints when […]

So much more than care

I was really pleased to be involved in the Insight program  which aired on Tuesday night, mainly because it is rare to have a whole TV program dedicated to early childhood education and care, but also because the discussion comes at a time that really matters for children, families and early childhood services. SBS and Jenny […]

What we talk about when we talk about cybersecurity: Part two

Talking about bullying online, cybersafety and the new Children’s e-Safety Commissioner almost always focuses on school-aged children. Let’s not overlook babies to preschoolers who are increasingly surrounded by connected and mobile devices. Part II of a series on cybersecurity in early education and care. It’s national action against bullying day today and the week in […]

Free play or group teaching? The rise of Chinese kindergartens

Research in focus There is now huge demand for kindergarten education in China, with up to 60% of Chinese children currently accessing 150,420 kindergartens. (Hu, Leong & Li, 2015 p.4). These kindergartens mainly serve affluent families in urban areas, while lower socioeconomic communities are serviced by poorer quality, private services. To improve equity in access, the Chinese […]

Common myths about speech problems in children

Speech problems in early childhood are common. One in four parents of Australian children are concerned about their 4- to 5-year-old child’s speech but two-thirds of these parents don’t act on their concern. Why? What might stop them from seeking expert advice from a speech pathologist? Myth 1: Children grow out of speech problems (just […]

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