Don’t use technology as a bargaining chip with your kids

Do you take away your teenager’s phone to manage their behaviour? Maybe when they arrive home late from a party or receive a bad report card? Confiscating, time-limiting or permitting additional access to technology has become a popular parenting strategy. Surveys show that 65% of American parents with teenagers confiscate phones or remove internet privileges as a […]

A different way to look at Children’s Week

‘Children’s education should develop each child’s personality, talents and abilities to the fullest. It should encourage children to respect others, human rights and their own and other cultures’ (Article 29, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child). Years ago, Children’s Week used to look a particular way in all of our early childhood […]

Find the time for meaningful documentation

The age old debate in children’s services about the time available for the completion of documentation versus time spent with children has been long standing in our sector. This often divides the sector as some view that you must either choose to document learning or spend time with children. The alternative to this is when […]

What’s in a room name?

If a statistic could be found representing the number of early childhood services that name their rooms after Australian animals it would be included here, but unfortunately the data doesn’t exist. In my experience I would estimate it would be high—around 80 per cent, at least. Often there are online posts in early childhood forums […]

Year 1 Phonics Screen—should we be concerned?

ECA Members recently received an email communication explaining that the Federal Government intends to introduce a phonics check for Australian students. The phonics screening test that has been applied in the United Kingdom (UK) since 2012 has been recommended and, if agreed by the Australian states and territories, will be administered to students in Term […]

Be safe, keep safe—online

Meeting, learning, chatting, listening and sharing online is all part of the KidsMatter experience. We have many places where you can go to join our online learning community. Here you can connect with others who are interested in growing healthy minds and finding ways to explore KidsMatter. As early childhood professionals when we get together […]

How do educators engage in toddlers’ play to support the construction of collective knowledge?

How do adults enter toddlers’ play in institutional practice? How does an educator position themselves in play with toddlers to support their imagination and learning in a shared play space? This paper finds the educators’ involvement and peer interaction are significant for learning and social construction of collective knowledge. What the research tells us We […]

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