Respectful relationships start early

How do curious and thoughtful young children who can work, play and learn together become part of high conflict and violent relationships as adults? How does a child go from being an inquiring, kind preschooler to a young person or adult that abuses and assaults the people they love? This transition begins at some point and […]

From Adelaide, to Paris, with hope

When I heard the news about the attacks in Paris, I’d just come back from walking along the pier at St Kilda beach. The skies were grey, there was a light drizzle falling, and there were many boats of various shapes and sizes bobbing on the waves. I had the ubiquitous white ear buds pumping […]

Children’s Rights are Human Rights

We have just celebrated National Children’s Week, a yearly acknowledgement of the importance of child rights in Australia. 2015 was a particularly auspicious year, as it marked 25 years since the creation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The theme was “Children’s Rights are Human Rights”. This critical document […]

8 ways of learning since the Reconciliation Symposium

Incorporating culture into the curriculum In May, a group of us from Queen Elizabeth Childcare Centre attended the ECA Reconciliation Symposium held in Adelaide. Wanting more insight and knowledge surrounding reconciliation and Aboriginal culture we attended with high expectations and enthusiasm and things have certainly snowballed from there. We came back to our service inspired […]

Is your service doing enough to support breastfeeding?

Early childhood education and care services have an important role in supporting families to continue to breastfeed, as returning to work is a common reason given for stopping breastfeeding. There is universal agreement that breastmilk is the best first food for babies.  The Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013) reflect the WHO recommendations for exclusive breastfeeding from […]

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