Category Archives: Outside Angle

By early childhood expert Anne Stonehouse to the ECA Learning Hub, with a new series of thought-provoking opinion pieces – the ‘Outside angle’.

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 […]

Chairs and tables – what’s the point?

Following is a rant about a topic about which I have strong views: chairs and tables. Please understand that it’s a ‘for-what-it’s-worth’ rant that I hope will provoke discussion and debate. I don’t care if they do it at Reggio Emilia and in some of our most impressively furnished early education and care services. It […]

‘Child care’, like car parks

Watching a segment on ABC’s 7:30 Report on Tuesday night (September 30), I waited in vain to hear someone talk about the importance and cost of quality. The messages were only about the shortage and cost of ‘child care’ places as impediments to women re-entering the workforce and the damaging effect on the nation’s economy. […]

No more passion!

At the recent Early Childhood Australia conference the terms passion and passionate were used repeatedly. People outside the profession used them, at times patronisingly, to describe educators and their work. Educators described themselves as passionate about children and their work. My online dictionary defines passion as ‘strong and barely controllable emotion; a state or outburst […]

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