Category Archives: Early years of school

Play-based learning can set your child up for success at school and beyond

As the new school year begins, many families are deciding where to enrol their child in preschool or school. Preschools and schools offer various approaches to early education, all promoting the benefits of their particular programs. One approach gaining momentum in the early years of primary school curriculum is play-based learning. Research shows play-based learning enhances children’s […]

Live and learn: living spaces

As summer heat drives us inside we revisit concepts from an ECA Research in Practice Series, Living Spaces—Indoor learning environments written by Luke Touhill. Young children’s play is so much deeper than the ‘game’ visible to adults or the equipment that sets up the play experience. The spaces children and adults live and move through shape their […]

How are we doing on early childhood education and care? Good, but there’s more to do

Overall, we’ve seen huge improvements, particularly for children aged three to five years. The priority now is a universal approach to quality education and care for our youngest children. A short history of early childhood reforms In 2007, the Rudd Government committed to a series of significant early childhood reforms. Responding to the landmark Starting […]

What’s in a room name?

If a statistic could be found representing the number of early childhood services that name their rooms after Australian animals it would be included here, but unfortunately the data doesn’t exist. In my experience I would estimate it would be high—around 80 per cent, at least. Often there are online posts in early childhood forums […]

Year 1 Phonics Screen—should we be concerned?

ECA Members recently received an email communication explaining that the Federal Government intends to introduce a phonics check for Australian students. The phonics screening test that has been applied in the United Kingdom (UK) since 2012 has been recommended and, if agreed by the Australian states and territories, will be administered to students in Term […]

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