All posts by Early Childhood Australia

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) has been a voice for young children since 1938. We are the peak early childhood advocacy organisation, acting in the interests of young children, their families and those in the early childhood field. ECA advocates to ensure quality, social justice and equity in all issues relating to the education and care of children aged birth to eight years.

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 […]

Supporting children’s creativity

What is creativity and why is it so important to support children’s creative thinking? For such a common topic, creativity is difficult to define. In an early childhood setting, creativity is often linked to art—painting and drawing and so on. However, creativity is also an important part of developing children’s problem solving and innovative thinking. […]

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 […]

Are you using the AEDC data to inform your QIP?

Every three years data is collected on children’s development in their first year of school. This is called the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). This year a new data collection is taking place, providing an up-to-date snapshot of children’s progress against five key areas, or domains, of child development: physical health and wellbeing social competence […]

Supporting young children’s rights: statement of intent

On 31 March 2015, Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, and Early Childhood Australia’s CEO, Sam Page, will jointly launch a statement of intent on supporting young children’s rights. This collaboratively developed document provides all professionals and services working with young children with a framework to be a clear and credible voice advocating in […]

Word by word – February 2015

“The report calls for a simpler system. It calls for a more targeted system, particularly for middle- to lower income families, because that is where the commission has identified the area where we can have the biggest influence on that kitchen table conversation on the economics of child care and the affordability of child care. […]

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