All posts by Clare McHugh

Clare McHugh is Early Childhood Australia's (ECA) Strategic Communications Executive, working on projects that support ECA’s reputation as a trusted voice for young children, their families, educators and carers. Previously Clare was ECA Learning Hub Content Manager and also worked on Start Early. Respectful relationships for life and ECA digital initiatives including the Digital Business Kit and Live Wires. Clare has been thinking and writing about children, family and social policy for a number of years, including previously for the Commonwealth Child Care Advisory Council and the Australian government. Her background is in psychology and professional writing. She has worked in adult development and group facilitation, employer sponsored child care, family relationships and in the publishing industry. Outside of ECA Clare continues several writing and publishing projects through her freelance business.

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 […]

What would Maria Montessori say?

Since Voice announced an Early Childhood Australia (ECA) project on 21st century directions and best practice two years ago, we’ve unearthed a mountain of tips, research and myths as well as connections, people and ideas. It’s time for an update on the exciting resources and events for our sector. The early childhood sector is at […]

Treasure learning for life

Lifelong learning and dispositions for learning are an important part of young children’s education and care. It’s a message for adults too. Twenty years after Australia’s first Adult Learners’ Week it’s that time again: to learn for the heck of it not for the qualification. The first day of September begins Adult Learners’ Week 2015, (1 to 8 September). Whatever your […]

Does it matter if ‘E’ is for education or entertainment?

Apps are earning billions for their makers and promoters. Parents wonder which ones are best. Research at Swinburne’s BabyLab in Australia and five North American universities, might have some answers. Is it ‘educational’ or entertaining? It’s a common cry from parents and educators. What to choose from among the hundreds of so-called educational apps on […]

NAIDOC week a time to Recognise

The Recognise campaign has been in the media this week with much attention on Indigenous leaders at Kirribilli House meeting with the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition. They were there to discuss proposed amendments to the Australian Constitution through a Referendum that would recognise Indigenous Australians — the nation’s first peoples. For those of […]

Bologna Children’s Book Fair: Digital award winners

The Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award  has a traditional twist this year. It is part of the annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair and this year’s winning title will be well known to book lovers. Since 1963 illustrators, publishers, distributors, booksellers, authors and agents from all around the world have been gathering in the Italian city of Bologna for the […]

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