Talking and learning

The relationship between talking and learning is complex. Let’s look briefly at vocabulary. A recent article in The Economist states that four year olds in American households in which both parents hold degrees have heard 32 million more words than children whose parents are dependent on social security payments. Is this important? Many research studies […]

Not qualified, but committed

It probably seems perverse for someone who teaches early childhood pre-service teachers to be questioning the total reliance on qualifications in early childhood, but that’s what I’m going to do. View image | It’s not that I think qualifications are not valuable, but should they be the sole measure of the capacity to work […]

Qualifications matter

Without qualifications or engaging in further study, educators miss the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their work through being exposed to multiple and new perspectives about education and care. View image | Qualifications matter but they are rarely the sole measure used to employ someone. When recruiting new staff, we […]

Word by word – January 2015

“During World War II, when men like my grandfather went off to war, having women like my grandmother in the workforce was a national security priority — so this country provided universal childcare. In today’s economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable, high-quality childcare […]

Preschool attendance boosts language in disadvantaged children

By Penny Roy, City University London and Shula Chiat, City University London All children with early language problems are at increased risk of struggling at school, and having reduced employment opportunities and life chances, but the risk of early language problems is disproportionately high for children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. View image | Given […]

Separating care and education – again

Child care features prominently in the news currently. That’s good? Not really. The problem is that the focus is only on the prohibitive cost to families and insufficient supply. There needs to be more child care, and it needs to be cheaper – end of story. The term education and care services began replacing preschool […]

School adjustment critical to long-term wellbeing

Starting primary school is an important, but potentially stressful, time in a child’s development. Kay Margetts, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Studies at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, talks about children’s social, emotional and behavioural adjustment to school and the importance of early preparation by families for the best outcomes. How strong is the […]

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