Category Archives: Opinion pieces

Controlled Crying?

We know from many authoritative sources that children’s emotional/social development is built on the foundation of sensitive, responsive, predictable early relationships. The following quote from the Centre for the Developing Child at Harvard University encapsulates the work/research findings of many early childhood development scientists.  “ When an infant or young child babbles, gestures, or cries, […]

Future-proof Australia against welfare dependency and inequality

We should all care about the findings of the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, recently delivered to the Federal Government, because it affects our future prosperity as a nation. This is a once in a generation opportunity to future-proof Australia against entrenched welfare dependency, inequality and lack of opportunity amongst a […]

Everyone can benefit from Paid Parental Leave changes

The opposition to the Paid Parental Leave scheme has been unhelpfully vitriolic at times but the Government’s decision to redirect funds from Paid Parental Leave (PPL) into early childhood education and care is the right one. As an advocate for children, I support full wage replacement Paid Parental Leave –it would make it much easier […]

Leave Barbie alone – so we can talk about how kids actually play

Deakin University — On Tuesday Greens Spokesperson for women, Larissa Waters, lent her support to No Gender December – a campaign spearheaded by the group Play Unlimited that aims to highlight the gendered marketing of toys. Over recent days, public discussions have typecast the campaign as “anti-Barbie”, with the Prime Minister attacking it as politically correct. I’m […]

The Biggest Issue Facing the Sector

I was fortunate enough to attend the 2014 Early Childhood Australia Conference in Melbourne this year, and I was amazed by the quality of the presentations from truly inspirational speakers. But the session that is still rattling around in my brain is not the one I was expecting. It was a working session with a […]

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

It’s hard to believe that Christmas has almost rolled around once again. All around the country early childhood services will be madly scrambling to finish portfolios and be dusting off the boxes of Christmas decorations that were unceremoniously shoved in the back of the shed in mid-January. It’s also the time of the year when […]

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