Tag Archives: Educators

Educators of change

Child care is a topic at the forefront of much discussion. From politicians to internet commentators, seemingly everyone has an opinion on child care in Australia at the moment. This media of late should have been an excellent opportunity to share information with parents and the wider community on the advances made in the early […]

Disability and dolls: #ToyLikeMe is a mark of progress

On June 5 British toy manufacturer Makies announced cochlear implants were available to buy as accessories in their toy store. Makies uses 3D printing technology to make one-of-a-kind dolls. It was the first company to respond to #ToyLikeMe, a social media campaign to “increase diversity in the toybox” initiated by three UK mothers with disabilities. […]

You need to use your words!

Does this ring a bell? As early childhood educators, we support children’s ability ‘to use their words’ – when we model the words to use to join in with play, to share ideas in small and large group conversations, to express feelings and to resolve peer disputes. However, how often do we intentionally encourage children […]

Design community together

Begin with the end in mind Creating a great place requires developing an idea of what your service will be like. This creative, collaborative process works best when it includes everyone in your community―children, educators, families, and often others such as health and community professionals. To hear everyone’s dreams and ideas takes time and investment […]

It’s not all about relationships — or is it?

Many discussions about quality in education and care services include at some point—often as a summary statement—the assertion that ‘in the end, it’s all about relationships’. This is likely to occur whether the topic is pedagogy, leadership, community connections, staff relationships, links with other services and professionals or family partnerships. Is this ‘throw-away line’ accurate? […]

Educators are feeling time poor

Educators are feeling time poor, overworked and stressed.  This is the finding of repeated studies in Australia and overseas. Workload intensification is motivating many educators to make a career change or take early retirement. A Monash University study claimed even early career educators are at risk of burnout. Headlines in various media sources have described the current state […]

Blokes can do it as well

It is essential for children to have both men and women working together in their care and education. Men have something to offer that is different to what females have to offer. Both men and women together can make fundamental contributions to the care and education of young children. However, there is still a long […]

Are we honouring time to develop cultural competence?

Anne Stonehouse succinctly described cultural competence as ‘about attitudes and approaches to people than it is about facts’.  I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. I recently conducted interviews with a number of early years educators around their understandings and perspectives of cultural competence as  identified in the Early Years Learning Framework:  The journey for educators: […]

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