All posts by Tanya Burr

Tanya is a current PhD student in Educational Studies at Macquarie University, and the Education & Practice Advisor for Petit Early Learning Journey. Tanya has a background in psychology and the early years, and has worked as a teacher, centre director, and early childhood consultant for state-based and national organisations for the past 20 years.

Agency is so much more than choice and voice

Agency is a concept that is familiar, but not always well understood in early childhood education and care (Burr & Degotardi, 2021). Whenever agency is made reference to in early childhood publications, the standard definition in the Glossary of the Early Years Learning Framework is often quoted to frame the discussion (see The Spoke – […]

In the defence of care

Consider the term early childhood education and care. In my experience, including the word care has produced some strong opinions within our sector. I have heard many times that if we are to strive for professional recognition as a collective group of early childhood practitioners, we need to lose the word care. ‘Early childhood education’, […]

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