A little known way to make your service more flexible, and improve quality

The concept of flexibility is far broader than just extending opening hours.Thinking about flexibility also means reflecting on how the needs of children and families are being met holistically. Children’s  and their family’s needs are much broader than early childhood education and care (ECEC). Early childhood services can support families in their parenting role by […]

No more passion!

At the recent Early Childhood Australia conference the terms passion and passionate were used repeatedly. People outside the profession used them, at times patronisingly, to describe educators and their work. Educators described themselves as passionate about children and their work. My online dictionary defines passion as ‘strong and barely controllable emotion; a state or outburst […]

Bespoke practice

‘We encourage educators to think about what they are doing and why, and to talk about their questions and ideas with each other. We promote innovation and creativity – not change for its own sake, but reasonable risk taking and having a go at making things better. We have worked for a long time to […]

What’s in a Hub

At the Tech Speed Dating Hub later this week, host Dan Donahoo, and Digital Business Kit’s Clare McHugh, look forward to talking with all-comers about technology for early childhood. Some great sessions and presenters are planned but there’s also room to drop by. Lunchtimes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday if you’re at the ECA Conference will […]

Seven tips on flexible hours you may not know

When opening hours and the needs of families align, this can support parents’ workforce participation and support children’s best interests. Only 0.8% of long day care centres open after 6:30pm according to ECA’s Long Day Care Flexibility Survey Report. Yet, most approved early childhood services actually have considerable discretion to open earlier or close later. According to […]

Touching the hem of greatness (not)

I had a familiar sense of anticipation recently as I started to look at the program for the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. What wonderful opportunities were on offer to be in the presence of icons, idols and personages! It reminded me of a lesson I learned, or should have learned, a long time ago. I say […]

Flexibility – What do parents want?

When a parent enrols their child in early childhood education and care for the first time orientation interviews are often conducted. These may include information about the parents work hours, and preferred pick up and drop of times, as well as other enrollment information. Ideally the flow of information continues beyond that first day.  Regular […]

It’s a date at the Tech Speed Dating Hub

Dan Donahoo, educator, technology reviewer and author, has been thinking and talking about technology and young children for some time.  And in less than a month he’ll be sharing and exchanging tech tips at the Early Childhood Australia conference in Melbourne. It’s no longer a matter of should technology be used in early childhood settings, Dan says, but […]

Is your tablet protected? Gnbghjh

Our Learning Hub recently received this email from a preschool. We’re not sure that the preschool knows they have sent the message yet. From the content we guess they have been in touch with us before or had ECA’s Learning Hub in their contact list, which is nice to know. The message shows certain skills too. Cap lock had been deployed […]

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