Tag Archives: Early childhood Education and Care

Morrison’s nanny program risks undercutting quality care

Social Services minister Scott Morrison has unveiled the first part of the Abbott government’s “families package” ahead of next month’s federal budget and the signs are not good. With the announcement of a $246 million two year pilot nanny subsidy program for low to middle income families, Morrison is signalling clearly he is willing to […]

Managing conflict at day care

Biting, hitting and scratching are at the top of the list when it comes to the sources of conflict experienced by some children and your early childhood service will have a range of policies and procedures as well as a documented grievance handling processes they need to adhere to. Remind yourself of these before you […]

So much more than care

I was really pleased to be involved in the Insight program  which aired on Tuesday night, mainly because it is rare to have a whole TV program dedicated to early childhood education and care, but also because the discussion comes at a time that really matters for children, families and early childhood services. SBS and Jenny […]

Free play or group teaching? The rise of Chinese kindergartens

Research in focus There is now huge demand for kindergarten education in China, with up to 60% of Chinese children currently accessing 150,420 kindergartens. (Hu, Leong & Li, 2015 p.4). These kindergartens mainly serve affluent families in urban areas, while lower socioeconomic communities are serviced by poorer quality, private services. To improve equity in access, the Chinese […]

What we talk about when we talk about cybersecurity: Part one

The risks we may be unaware of or not quite prepared for when we talk about children, safety and the digital world: Part I of a series on cybersecurity in early childhood education and care.  For parents, educators and early childhood services cybersecurity will always be a top concern. It conjures worst fears about paedophiles, exposure to explicit online material […]

Why Swedish early learning is so much better than Australia’s

Most people have heard that Finland leads the world in education, but fewer have heard that Finland’s neighbour, Sweden, is the international leader in early childhood education and care. In 1999, when Sweden was inspected by a group of international experts appointed by the OECD, the group concluded in their report that early childhood education […]

To Top