Category Archives: Research

Celtic Country

A lesson on seeing something through the eyes of another. I had travelled past the Celtic Country sign many times as I returned from TAFE residential in Armidale. I had looked at the sign with interest; it is spectacular as it stands proudly on massive stone pillars on the rise of a hill as you enter […]

Protective behaviours

Child abuse, and especially child sexual abuse, concerns everyone who works with children.  Over the last thirty plus years protective behaviours programs of different kinds have been developed and used to try to help protect children from this kind of abuse. These programs are usually provided in schools or early childhood services such as preschools. […]

Kids need to like what they’re reading to progress

When we think of reading for our children, we are often misled into thinking that we need to focus on one type of book, such as picture books or novels in order to practise specific, reading-related skills. However, this narrowly-focused approach to reading instruction can often have undesirable benefits, such as turning kids off reading […]

Free play or group teaching? The rise of Chinese kindergartens

Research in focus There is now huge demand for kindergarten education in China, with up to 60% of Chinese children currently accessing 150,420 kindergartens. (Hu, Leong & Li, 2015 p.4). These kindergartens mainly serve affluent families in urban areas, while lower socioeconomic communities are serviced by poorer quality, private services. To improve equity in access, the Chinese […]

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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