Chip to spark an interest in early childhood STEM

At Digichild we are getting excited about conceptual, hands-on and interactive options at ECA’s 2016 national conference. International keynote Chip Donohue, who in recent months has seen the debate about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in early childhood gain new urgency in the USA, will join us to talk about his experience of putting together […]

Mixed-age grouping – why we love it!

Mixed-age grouping is also called family grouping in education and care settings and is simply where children are grouped in mixed ages rather than the more traditional way of grouping by age. The current trend of smaller families, children spending more time in out of home care and family mobility means many children have little […]

Embracing the assessment and rating process

Being assessed and rated can understandably be a nervous time for educators. ACECQA caught up with Vashti Hicks, an Authorised Officer with the Queensland Department of Education and Training, to discuss her role and how services can prepare and embrace the assessment and ratings process. Tell us a little about your background  I have been […]

The Competent Educator

Recently during a professional development session I asked a group of educators what are the rights of educators? Were they the holder of rights, and if so, what were they? I thought about providing them with some context or giving them an example, but decided against this because as much as I wanted to know […]

Reflections on cultural awareness

Until very recently, as a born and bred Melbournian, I have had little to no knowledge or contact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. My knowledge came from small sections of high school history classes and from reading Rabbit Proof Fence; definitely not enough to gain an understanding of the vast culture […]

High-quality, affordable education at the heart of Labor’s new early years policy

High-quality, affordable education at the heart of Labor’s new early years policy Megan O’Connell, Victoria University; Bronwyn Hinz, Victoria University, and Stacey Fox, Victoria University For too long, early years education policy has focused on the money, pigeonholed into a debate about “child care” and “mums getting back to work”, rather than a long-term investment […]

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