PODCAST: Educators’ voices missing from Breastfeeding Strategy consultation

The Commonwealth Government has released the draft Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy: 2018 and Beyond for public consultation. Liam chats to health promotion practitioner Emma Woolley about how the consultation missed a great opportunity to hear the voices of educators and the sector.

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PODCAST: Government ends funding for National Quality Agenda

Welcome to the first episode of The Framework Podcast. The Education Minister Simon Birmingham has announced that Federal funding for the National Quality Agenda will end in December 2018. Liam chats to Shadow Education Minister Amanda Rishworth about what the cuts might mean for the sector.

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What outcomes parents should expect from early childhood education and care

Parents often have different expectations for their three- to five-year-old children when they attend an early learning centre. Some parents expect their child to engage in academic learning activities or “real learning”. Academic activities are associated with formal school-based learning such as writing, reading and knowing their numbers.

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Spilt milk: Educators’ voices missing from Breastfeeding Strategy consultation

On Monday, the Commonwealth Government released the draft Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy: 2018 and Beyond for public consultation.  The strategy includes actions for the early childhood education and care sector, which may come as a surprise because the sector has not been consulted on the development of the strategy until now.

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IN PRACTICE: Why do we struggle with critical reflection?

The National Quality Framework (NQF) reforms acknowledge that good outcomes for children can only be supported by qualified and professional educators, who regularly reflect on their own – and their colleagues’ – practice. As with any profession, research and knowledge is always changing and being updated. It’s important that educators, no matter what their qualifications or experience, always remember to give themselves time and space to discuss and analyse their own work.

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IN PRACTICE: Every move we make influences children

In your early education service, have you ever stopped to think that every time you move – you influence children? Children near you, children nearby, children far away. Your physical positions, the conversations, and the type of conversations influence how children see themselves in your setting.

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Low-paid ‘women’s work’: why early childhood educators are walking out

Australia’s early childhood educators, including those working in community and private childcare centres, will walk off the job on March 27 to demand better pay. Some centres will be closed for the whole day and parents will be asked to keep their children at home.

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