Get ready, get set … Yarn Up

Conversations about family, kinship, culture and country help protect mental health and wellbeing. Yarning is a way of capturing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ story and description of how they see and experience something. We have seen yarning benefit many individuals, groups and communities in a variety of contexts across Australia. Here are some yarning […]

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

The risks we may be unaware of or not quite prepared for when we talk about children, safety and the digital world: Part I of a series on cybersecurity in early childhood education and care.  For parents, educators and early childhood services cybersecurity will always be a top concern. It conjures worst fears about paedophiles, exposure to explicit online material […]

Just be!

Several shops in my neighbourhood have blackboards on the footpath with daily messages, mostly advice. One caught my eye recently and made me wonder if the writer or selector was an early childhood educator who had decided that the hospitality industry was a better career option. The sign read ‘Just be, don’t become!’ Good advice […]

Why Swedish early learning is so much better than Australia’s

Most people have heard that Finland leads the world in education, but fewer have heard that Finland’s neighbour, Sweden, is the international leader in early childhood education and care. In 1999, when Sweden was inspected by a group of international experts appointed by the OECD, the group concluded in their report that early childhood education […]

What did you want to be?

The postal worker in the play corner may morph into another form as the world around us changes. This article looks at where creative play leads us. Virtual and otherwise, it’s all real. Few of us have exactly the work life that our childhood selves planned. Thank goodness. Despite a dog phobia my four-year-old self […]

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