Accentuate the positives

Early childhood education and care has been moved out of the education portfolio. Our new Federal Minister has a track record in blunt, non-consultative decision making. In general, the Federal Government is buffeted by distractions and “gaffes” of its own making. On the face of it, it’s hard to be positive about the likelihood of […]

Talking and learning

The relationship between talking and learning is complex. Let’s look briefly at vocabulary. A recent article in The Economist states that four year olds in American households in which both parents hold degrees have heard 32 million more words than children whose parents are dependent on social security payments. Is this important? Many research studies […]

Not qualified, but committed

It probably seems perverse for someone who teaches early childhood pre-service teachers to be questioning the total reliance on qualifications in early childhood, but that’s what I’m going to do. View image | gettyimages.com It’s not that I think qualifications are not valuable, but should they be the sole measure of the capacity to work […]

Qualifications matter

Without qualifications or engaging in further study, educators miss the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their work through being exposed to multiple and new perspectives about education and care. View image | gettyimages.com Qualifications matter but they are rarely the sole measure used to employ someone. When recruiting new staff, we […]

Word by word – January 2015

“During World War II, when men like my grandfather went off to war, having women like my grandmother in the workforce was a national security priority — so this country provided universal childcare. In today’s economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable, high-quality childcare […]

7 things we can do to build professional resilience

Originally posted in 2015, this post was updated in August 2020.  Being an early childhood educator can be both rewarding and challenging. Above are just a few of the responsibilities early childhood educators have. Your wellbeing matters because, as an educator, it influences your interactions and relationships with children and young people. It also affects […]

Preschool attendance boosts language in disadvantaged children

By Penny Roy, City University London and Shula Chiat, City University London All children with early language problems are at increased risk of struggling at school, and having reduced employment opportunities and life chances, but the risk of early language problems is disproportionately high for children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. View image | gettyimages.com Given […]

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 […]

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