When was the last time you looked at your Statement of philosophy?

Your Statement of Philosophy is something that can display every way educators, families, children and community contribute to your service. It acknowledges your strengths and highlights the true ‘personality’ of your service. Your Statement of Philosophy is a reflection of what your service is, what it looks like and what it strives to become …It’s […]

Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

There is a traditional African proverb that suggests “It takes a village to raise a child”. Modern research supports that what children need is for families, educators and communities to collectively support their healthy development and well being. Recognising this, the approved learning frameworks[1] identify as a learning outcome that children should have opportunities to […]

Five stay smart tips for Safer Internet Day     

Cybersmart is celebrating international Safer Internet Day, Tuesday 10 February, with loads of resources for children, families and educators. A highlight is the virtual classroom where more than 30,000 children in 150 schools across Australia will participate in topics such as ‘Being a good bystander’. The virtual classroom will build on research that shows peers […]

Back in the day: becoming smart online

In the lead up to Safer Internet Day one educator looks back at starting out. ‘At first I didn’t think we needed outside experts’ Alana, a former teacher, told Digichild recently about the beginnings of her journey with technology and education at a suburban girls school in New South Wales. Alana (a pseudonym) was talking in […]

The invisibility of children’s learning

An experience a couple of week ago raised questions for me about educators’ awareness of children’s learning. I facilitated a professional learning session on babies’ and toddlers’ learning for around 100 educators. My aim was for participants to remind themselves about some of the less obvious important learning that occurs in the first two years […]

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 […]

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