A professional resolution for 2015

By the time you read this, you may be carrying out your New Year’s resolutions enthusiastically, or you may have given up on them. Most New Year’s resolutions are about personal improvement – for example, saving money, exercising, eating healthily or spending more time with friends and family. Resolutions represent good intentions about how we […]

Returning to work after childbirth: still a case of ‘managing it all’

The return by women to paid work after maternity or parental leave plays a crucial role in driving our workforce and economy. There is growing recognition of the link between supporting employees with caregiving responsibilities, attracting, retaining and developing the best talent, and company competitiveness. But women’s pregnancy, maternity or parental leave, and return to […]

The secret is coding – not colour coding

Cutting straight through No Gender December, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Communications, was delighted by the number of young girls using technology creatively at Wee Care Kindergarten where he launched Early Childhood Australia’s Digital Business Kit before Christmas. ‘It is great to see so many girls engaged here’, he said speaking at the Bondi Junction early […]

An opportunity not to be missed

The recent cabinet reshuffle provides ECEC educators and services, children and families with opportunities for holistic development and the advancement of the sector. View image | gettyimages.com I understand why so many early childhood educators are dismayed and disappointed to hear that responsibility for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) has been transferred from the […]

What do Australians need in a ‘families package’?

University of Technology, Sydney There are a lot of babies around, and the numbers are increasing. However, Australia does not have coherent policies that recognise the effect of parenting on workforce participation and vice versa. Parenting is still defined as a “women’s issue” so no real policies exist to make it possible for both parents […]

Controlled Crying?

We know from many authoritative sources that children’s emotional/social development is built on the foundation of sensitive, responsive, predictable early relationships. The following quote from the Centre for the Developing Child at Harvard University encapsulates the work/research findings of many early childhood development scientists.  “ When an infant or young child babbles, gestures, or cries, […]

Future-proof Australia against welfare dependency and inequality

We should all care about the findings of the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, recently delivered to the Federal Government, because it affects our future prosperity as a nation. This is a once in a generation opportunity to future-proof Australia against entrenched welfare dependency, inequality and lack of opportunity amongst a […]

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