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 […]

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 | gettyimages.com 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 | gettyimages.com Qualifications matter but they are rarely the sole measure used to employ someone. When recruiting new staff, we […]

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