What do we say to children about coronavirus and COVID-19? For this sensitive topic, we don’t believe that any one generic resource can work for all children. Instead, we encourage careful, child-led conversations. Below we share information to guide age and context-appropriate conversations. We encourage you to share this information and resources with families in […]
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At the moment the news is changing hour by hour, day by day. In this environment stories change and we don’t always have the time to catch up. And knowledge brokering is not the same as advocacy. So when ECA shared a mainstream media article a few weeks ago, about a new study, our Facebook […]
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Early Childhood Australia (ECA) has received strong responses to our wellbeing messages during a difficult time for children, families and educators. ‘Early Signals. First Responses—ECA’s project for educators who are working with children experiencing domestic and family violence—offers resources you might find useful to support educator teams and families during this difficult time. During crisis […]
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Though there are still 13 Indigenous languages spoken by children around Australia, they are slowly fading as older generations pass on. Queensland educator, JULIE LEE DAVIDSON takes us through the importance of preserving Indigenous languages and suggests ways to incorporate them into early childhood curriculums. Exploring ways for children to learn Indigenous languages helps build awareness of different identities […]
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Universities are exploiting their sessional academics. We need to do better for our precariously employed
After the 2019 Early Childhood Australia (ECA) National Conference in Hobart, an attendee reached out with an inspiring reflection and we hope it inspires you to join us in Brisbane for 2020. Ballarat Grammar’s Centre for Early Education (CEEd) Director KOREN NAYLOR details an encounter with internationally renowned education Professor Gunilla Dahlberg that was ‘just right‘. […]
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Developing and delivering an innovative approach for supporting children in complex families to attend an early childhood education program PROFESSOR LINDA HARRISON and researcher CATHERINE JONES write about their upcoming RoundTable discussion at the 2020 AJEC Research Symposium, February 14, titled Nurturing children and families through staff professional development. They are working on a project across […]
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Why are so many young children disengaged from learning? How do we know if children are, or are not, engaged in learning? GILLIAN KIRK and MARIANNE KNAUS explore this through research and share findings from a case study examining classroom interactions. Gillian and Marianne interviewed teachers and asked children to draw how they felt about being […]
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We caught up with DR MELINDA MILLER who will be presenting at ECA’s 2020 AJEC Research Symposium next week, sharing outcomes from a collaborative research project with G8 Education and Phoenix Support for Educators. In this piece, Dr Miller explains how everyday curriculum practices, when mapped to research processes are central to action-research that involves […]
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In WebWatch we often report on new research relevant for our sector. Last week a post focussing on new research out of the USA generated a great deal of discussion. The research relayed in WebWatch issue 323 focussed on a USA study analysing the use of Play-Doh containing gluten for children who have coeliac disease or […]
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School readiness—what’s the problem with it? and how can this commonly used phrase be disrupted? DR KATHRYN HOPPS delves into these questions and shares tips for educators to implement in their services. This is part one to a two blog series, the next one will explore Schoolification: What is it and why resist it?—stay tuned […]
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The devastating result of the bushfires has left many early childhood services across Australia experiencing hazardous air pollution levels in the last couple of months. As smoke continues to blanket much of the country, we reached out to a number of departments and other services to put together a list of helpful links and resources […]
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Early Childhood Australia is deeply troubled by the devastating impact of the bushfires burning across Australia. Our sympathies are with those who have lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods as well as those who have been displaced and/or experienced the destruction of precious environments and wildlife. Recovery from these fires will take many years and […]
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We all celebrate the end of the year differently, but it usually involves a break and quality family time. DR JANE WEBB-WILLIAMS shares practical tips for children to get the best out of play over this summer break. Jane also takes us through the value of play, how ‘must have gifts’ (that fill retails shelves) aren’t necessarily […]
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How are you going to face the long summer? You may have food and drinks in the fridge or plans to visit people who do. You probably have your fire survival and evacuation plan organised. But what about your ‘children and technology’ plan? Have you activated a plan for relaxing and avoiding conflict over children’s […]
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