Cultural competence: You don’t need to be an expert

I’ve visited several primary schools and early education and care services in Melbourne recently where the families have many different cultural backgrounds. Among them are refugees and asylum seekers, families who have experienced trauma and who continue to lead lives filled with uncertainty and difficulty. The conversations I had reminded me of the life-altering role […]

Celtic Country

A lesson on seeing something through the eyes of another. I had travelled past the Celtic Country sign many times as I returned from TAFE residential in Armidale. I had looked at the sign with interest; it is spectacular as it stands proudly on massive stone pillars on the rise of a hill as you enter […]

Growing and learning with Amata Anangu Preschool

ACECQA met Tarsha Howard, Early Childhood Coordinator at Amata Anangu Preschool, in 2013 at the NQF conference in Sydney. Tarsha had some concerns at the time that working in a remote service might be a barrier to raising the quality of children’s education and care. This month we catch up with Tarsha after the preschool […]

Documentation – what’s the point?

Over-attention to documentation continues, often seemingly with more emphasis on quantity than on quality. It would be heartening to hear of a service where practices were rated as outstanding in every respect and at every level, but the National Quality Standards rating was diminished because there wasn’t enough documentation! Many documented observations of children appear […]

Bologna Children’s Book Fair: Digital award winners

The Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award  has a traditional twist this year. It is part of the annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair and this year’s winning title will be well known to book lovers. Since 1963 illustrators, publishers, distributors, booksellers, authors and agents from all around the world have been gathering in the Italian city of Bologna for the […]

Protective behaviours

Child abuse, and especially child sexual abuse, concerns everyone who works with children.  Over the last thirty plus years protective behaviours programs of different kinds have been developed and used to try to help protect children from this kind of abuse. These programs are usually provided in schools or early childhood services such as preschools. […]

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