Tips for parents of young children using digital technology

The news this week has many people worried about children’s ‘screen time’. Are babies overexposed to smartphones, tablets and laptops? As DR KATE HIGHFIELD writes, Early Childhood Australia finds that ‘banning’ these technologies doesn’t work. Instead we need to look at how children use technology, focusing on the idea of using it well and carefully and sharing children’s experiences.  We […]

Is love the same as care?

A growing trend has seen the term ‘love’ used to describe everything from government welfare drug testing to what educators should aim for in their practice and environments for young children. Two blog posts on The Spoke examine the issue from very different perspectives. In this blog, LISA BRYANT argues that love is not interchangeable […]

Exploring Indigenous ways of knowing and being

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is on Sunday 4 August 2019. This year’s theme is We Play, We Learn, We Belong. In this piece, we share the importance of Indigenous culture and language in the early years through case studies and the series Little J & Big Cuz. This animation follows the everyday lives of two Aboriginal […]

HILDA findings on Australian families’ experience of childcare should be a call-to-arms for government

Work-family time and money challenges should be seen by governments as ideal opportunities for good policy-making. Australian parents are disadvantaged by a lack of affordable childcare, with childcare costs rising by about 145% in real terms since 2002, the latest HILDA study reveals. Childcare costs have more than doubled since 2002 Expenditure on childcare for children not […]

The importance of baby and toddler mental health

‘The early years of a human being’s life have a significant impact on lifelong mental health and wellbeing.’  Be You shares the importance of mental health and wellbeing to babies and toddlers and suggests resources for families and educators.  New research has increased understanding of the environmental and biological factors that shape babies’ and toddlers’ […]

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