All posts by Anne Stonehouse

Anne Stonehouse AM lives in Victoria and works as a consultant, writer and facilitator of professional learning in early childhood. She has published many books, articles and other resources for educators and parents. Her main professional interests are the nature of good quality curriculum for babies and toddlers and family-educator relationships in early learning settings. She was a member of the writing team in the Charles Sturt University-based consortium that developed the national Early Years Learning Framework. She is currently engaged in a number of projects related to the national and Victorian Frameworks.

Just be!

Several shops in my neighbourhood have blackboards on the footpath with daily messages, mostly advice. One caught my eye recently and made me wonder if the writer or selector was an early childhood educator who had decided that the hospitality industry was a better career option. The sign read ‘Just be, don’t become!’ Good advice […]

Extending learning—more than activities

Element 1.2.2 Educators respond to children’s ideas and play and use intentional teaching to scaffold and extend each child’s learning. (National Quality Standard) This Element reminds educators to do more than simply notice children’s learning and congratulate them on it. When you think about extending children’s learning, what do you think about? My experience is […]

The invisibility of children’s learning

An experience a couple of week ago raised questions for me about educators’ awareness of children’s learning. I facilitated a professional learning session on babies’ and toddlers’ learning for around 100 educators. My aim was for participants to remind themselves about some of the less obvious important learning that occurs in the first two years […]

Separating care and education – again

Child care features prominently in the news currently. That’s good? Not really. The problem is that the focus is only on the prohibitive cost to families and insufficient supply. There needs to be more child care, and it needs to be cheaper – end of story. The term education and care services began replacing preschool […]

A professional resolution for 2015

By the time you read this, you may be carrying out your New Year’s resolutions enthusiastically, or you may have given up on them. Most New Year’s resolutions are about personal improvement – for example, saving money, exercising, eating healthily or spending more time with friends and family. Resolutions represent good intentions about how we […]

No two days the same

A frequent answer to the question ‘What do you like about your job’ is ‘It’s different every day – no two days are the same’. That makes sense up to a point. It’s hard to imagine loving a job where you do exactly the same thing every day. But would it be great to have […]

Sure, not so sure – both good

I envy people who seem certain – whose words and actions always appear to come from strongly held beliefs. I am typically unsure. Unlike some of my contemporaries who are bunkered down with a fixed worldview, my leaning toward uncertainty is increasing with age. Appreciation of different perspectives is an asset – up to a […]

The Road to Children Knowing Deeply

He sensed the coming of a new neater world, a tamer world, a world of boundaries and surveillance, where everything was known and nothing needed to be experienced. (Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, p. 80) I didn’t expect to find ideas in the powerful, beautiful and sometimes harrowing-to-read recent Booker prize-winning novel The Narrow […]

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