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 […]

Families leading learning

As early childhood educators, we know that children learn from birth and that families are children’s most important educators. Studies have shown that intensive interventions with families have an impact on children’s learning – but would a non-intensive intervention change how parents or caregivers support their children’s literacy and numeracy skills at home? Also, would […]

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, […]

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