Jamming with your toddler: how music trumps reading for childhood development

Forget the Mozart Effect and Baby Einstein, take it easy on acquisitions for your two-year-old’s private library, and don’t fret if your three-year-old hasn’t started violin lessons just yet. The key to unlocking a child’s potential intelligence and happiness may indeed lie in music, but succumbing to the commercial juggernaut that is the baby-genius-making industry […]

Head, heart and hands – a story of sustainable growth for early childhood education in Victoria

Picture a life-sized igloo built entirely from milk crates crafted by the hands of four year olds. A place for them to imagine, design and engineer. Places like this are helping childcare centres facilitate the building of a new sustainable world. Sustainability initiatives are being adopted by early childhood education and care services all around the country. They are influencing children, […]

Canadian Early Childhood Education and Care Monitoring Tool Provides Valuable Lessons for Australia

Access to high quality Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) promotes immediate and long-term benefits to the learning and wellbeing of children. It also delivers clear economic value, with evidence revealing that investment in early learning can return up to $16 for every dollar spent, with greater returns for vulnerable children.[1] However, despite these benefits […]

The robots are coming for your job! Why digital literacy is so important for the jobs of the future

In a report released this week, the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) claims that up to 70% of young people are preparing for jobs that will no longer exist in the future. The report also raises concerns about decreasing entry-level occupations for school leavers and the impacts of automation. In another recent report, the Committee […]

What would Maria Montessori say?

Since Voice announced an Early Childhood Australia (ECA) project on 21st century directions and best practice two years ago, we’ve unearthed a mountain of tips, research and myths as well as connections, people and ideas. It’s time for an update on the exciting resources and events for our sector. The early childhood sector is at […]

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