Racism hits Indigenous students’ attendance and grades

Previous research we undertook showed that racism towards Indigenous students negatively affected school attendance. In further research we have found not only attendance but wider school outcomes are negatively affected when Indigenous Australians experience racism at school. ‘Closing the Gap’ initiatives ignore racism aspect Discrepancies between Indigenous and non-Indigenous education outcomes persist despite significant government […]

What a difference a portfolio makes: early learning is not babysitting

The reorganisation of federal ministerial portfolios this week moved early childhood education and care (ECEC) from social services to education, with Simon Birmingham assuming ministerial responsibility. This movement is not unusual as childcare policy-making is not easily siloed into one portfolio. Childcare policy is related to social welfare, education, employment and health. The cross-portfolio nature […]

Empowering children through empowering choices

One of the most painful life lessons we learn as we grow is that while we are free to choose our actions, we are not free from the consequences of them. How can early childhood professionals foster environments where children are encouraged and supported to make meaningful and significant choices and be agents for real […]

Benefits of higher educator to child ratios

1 January 2016 marks the next national consistency milestone for educator to child ratios. While changes to ratios have been planned since the introduction of the National Quality Framework in 2012, the coming months are an important time for educators and providers to check if you are affected, and prepare for any changes.For more information […]

Bilingual children lag behind in language learning early on, but catch up by age five

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Given the increasing number of non-English speaking families in the UK, concern has increased over the impact that growing up in a bilingual or non-English speaking home environment may have on children’s performance and readiness for school. So are bilingual children at an educational disadvantage when starting school compared to their classmates who speak just […]

What’s the Problem with Time-Out, Anyway?

Lately, it seems parents and carers feel disempowered. We’re not supposed to smack, and now even time-out is being questioned.  So how do we discipline?  And what’s wrong with time-out, anyway? Discipline (the verb) can mean either ‘to teach’, or ‘to control’ (Gordon, T. 1989).  If we use discipline to control children, then we rely […]

Treasure learning for life

Lifelong learning and dispositions for learning are an important part of young children’s education and care. It’s a message for adults too. Twenty years after Australia’s first Adult Learners’ Week it’s that time again: to learn for the heck of it not for the qualification. The first day of September begins Adult Learners’ Week 2015, (1 to 8 September). Whatever your […]

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