Category Archives: Preschool/Kindergarten

Ignite girls’ lifelong interest in science

Children learn to associate science with men at early ages. As Girls in Science Day approaches (Saturday, 11 February), educators and carers can do something about that, writes guest blogger Kirsty Costa, from Cool Australia. Read on for more and see the links below to Cool Australia’s free early childhood science resources, along with other science tips […]

The new literacy test and the phonics controversy explained

On January 29, Federal Education Minister Birmingham announced a proposal for a new assessment of children in year one across the country. The Minister said that “an expert group of principals, teachers, speech specialists, academics and researchers will progress the staged implementation of a nation-wide phonics assessment and the development of a numeracy check.” The […]

I did it! Young children’s academic self-concept in the year before school

Children’s self-awareness develops gradually. Starting with physical self-awareness in infancy, children become increasingly able to gather and understand information about themselves. When children are three and four years old, they often focus on observable characteristics like eye colour, but they also evaluate their own abilities in comparison with other children’s abilities: they know who is […]

Funding for 15 hours of kindergarten: set to run out end of 2017

At the end of January 2017, more than 320,000 children will have their first day at kindergarten. Over the course of the year, early childhood teachers and educators will use their expertise and knowledge to build those children’s social, emotional, literacy and numeracy skills, their critical and creative thinking, their perseverance, sociability and self-esteem. These […]

NAPLAN underscores the importance of early learning

Last week the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2015 results were released by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). ACARA said “While the results show some improvements nationally and in each state and territory (for some year levels and some domains), the overall message is one of stable national achievement.” […]

Why Swedish early learning is so much better than Australia’s

Most people have heard that Finland leads the world in education, but fewer have heard that Finland’s neighbour, Sweden, is the international leader in early childhood education and care. In 1999, when Sweden was inspected by a group of international experts appointed by the OECD, the group concluded in their report that early childhood education […]

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