Tag Archives: Early childhood Education and Care

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 […]

Food for thought

We are all familiar with the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and likely remember being told that “carrots help you see in the dark”. But what are the physical implications of the intake of nutritious food and why is their consumption so highly promoted in the National Quality Framework (NQF)? When receiving […]

Lighten up in 2015

Young boy & light projector

What are you doing with the light of your life? It’s 2015, the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. Digichild looks at children’s enlightening play, places to go, things to do that celebrate light and light technologies.   Light is so vital to life on earth, yet in Australia where natural light is abundant, we […]

Separating care and education – again

Child care features prominently in the news currently. That’s good? Not really. The problem is that the focus is only on the prohibitive cost to families and insufficient supply. There needs to be more child care, and it needs to be cheaper – end of story. The term education and care services began replacing preschool […]

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 […]

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