Tag Archives: Outside Angle

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? […]

Just be!

Several shops in my neighbourhood have blackboards on the footpath with daily messages, mostly advice. One caught my eye recently and made me wonder if the writer or selector was an early childhood educator who had decided that the hospitality industry was a better career option. The sign read ‘Just be, don’t become!’ Good advice […]

The invisibility of children’s learning

An experience a couple of week ago raised questions for me about educators’ awareness of children’s learning. I facilitated a professional learning session on babies’ and toddlers’ learning for around 100 educators. My aim was for participants to remind themselves about some of the less obvious important learning that occurs in the first two years […]

A professional resolution for 2015

By the time you read this, you may be carrying out your New Year’s resolutions enthusiastically, or you may have given up on them. Most New Year’s resolutions are about personal improvement – for example, saving money, exercising, eating healthily or spending more time with friends and family. Resolutions represent good intentions about how we […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Child care’, like car parks

Watching a segment on ABC’s 7:30 Report on Tuesday night (September 30), I waited in vain to hear someone talk about the importance and cost of quality. The messages were only about the shortage and cost of ‘child care’ places as impediments to women re-entering the workforce and the damaging effect on the nation’s economy. […]

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 […]

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