Category Archives: Policy

Accentuate the positives

Early childhood education and care has been moved out of the education portfolio. Our new Federal Minister has a track record in blunt, non-consultative decision making. In general, the Federal Government is buffeted by distractions and “gaffes” of its own making. On the face of it, it’s hard to be positive about the likelihood of […]

Not qualified, but committed

It probably seems perverse for someone who teaches early childhood pre-service teachers to be questioning the total reliance on qualifications in early childhood, but that’s what I’m going to do. View image | gettyimages.com It’s not that I think qualifications are not valuable, but should they be the sole measure of the capacity to work […]

Qualifications matter

Without qualifications or engaging in further study, educators miss the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their work through being exposed to multiple and new perspectives about education and care. View image | gettyimages.com Qualifications matter but they are rarely the sole measure used to employ someone. When recruiting new staff, we […]

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 […]

An opportunity not to be missed

The recent cabinet reshuffle provides ECEC educators and services, children and families with opportunities for holistic development and the advancement of the sector. View image | gettyimages.com I understand why so many early childhood educators are dismayed and disappointed to hear that responsibility for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) has been transferred from the […]

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 […]

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