Word by word – November 2014

Early Childhood Quotes of the month from Parliament and the press. “Thousands of families use both formal and informal in-home care options everyday and that number continues to grow because the current formal regulated childcare system just isn’t meeting their needs. If certain states and territories have concerns about the impacts of regulating in-home care, […]

No two days the same

A frequent answer to the question ‘What do you like about your job’ is ‘It’s different every day – no two days are the same’. That makes sense up to a point. It’s hard to imagine loving a job where you do exactly the same thing every day. But would it be great to have […]

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

It’s hard to believe that Christmas has almost rolled around once again. All around the country early childhood services will be madly scrambling to finish portfolios and be dusting off the boxes of Christmas decorations that were unceremoniously shoved in the back of the shed in mid-January. It’s also the time of the year when […]

Sure, not so sure – both good

I envy people who seem certain – whose words and actions always appear to come from strongly held beliefs. I am typically unsure. Unlike some of my contemporaries who are bunkered down with a fixed worldview, my leaning toward uncertainty is increasing with age. Appreciation of different perspectives is an asset – up to a […]

Screen short cuts

What are parents asking and what is the answer when they query screen policies in early education and care services? Soon their questions might be a lot harder. It’s not unusual to hear parents ask about screen use at early childhood services and to hear educators and Directors promote their ‘no screen’ policies. It seems to reassure parents and give educators […]

Word by word – October 2014

Early Childhood Quotes of the month from Parliament and the press. “What started in this place as a lone voice calling for us to focus on zero- to five-year-old children and battle against vulnerability is now growing in momentum. This year we formed the Parliamentary Friends of Early Childhood group, which identifies the important role […]

The Road to Children Knowing Deeply

He sensed the coming of a new neater world, a tamer world, a world of boundaries and surveillance, where everything was known and nothing needed to be experienced. (Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, p. 80) I didn’t expect to find ideas in the powerful, beautiful and sometimes harrowing-to-read recent Booker prize-winning novel The Narrow […]

Chairs and tables – what’s the point?

Following is a rant about a topic about which I have strong views: chairs and tables. Please understand that it’s a ‘for-what-it’s-worth’ rant that I hope will provoke discussion and debate. I don’t care if they do it at Reggio Emilia and in some of our most impressively furnished early education and care services. It […]

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