Government must boost attendance rates in early education

Megan O’Connell, Victoria University; Bronwyn Hinz, Victoria University; Hannah Cole, Victoria University, and Stacey Fox, Victoria University Early childhood is one of the most important areas in Australian education. But according to a new report: nearly five years after the National Quality Standards were introduced, one-quarter of services have not been assessed. Of those that […]

Background Music

As a person who has worked in the management side of Early Childhood Care and Education for the past 6 or so years, sometimes it is cathartic to put down the staff roster and the invoices and pick up a baby instead. So today I did just that. The following is a recount of what […]

Collaborating with families: Not a problem!

Relationships with families have always been considered an important area of early childhood educators’ practice. However, in the past many educators’ interest in relationships with families has focused mainly on problems or challenges: ‘What do I do about this parent who … ?’ Two possible reasons for this problem-oriented focus are: Strong tradition of parent […]

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