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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IN PRACTICE: Do children belong everywhere? (Part 1)

As part of our ongoing exploration of Indigenous art in the Preschool Room, we took a group of nine Preschool Children to the National Gallery of Australia to view some of the Indigenous exhibits. When I initially planned on documenting our experience, I had a vision of an easy to read story about a pleasant day at the gallery. However, the experience we ended up having at the National Gallery wasn’t exactly what I had anticipated, and I would like to give an honest recap about our experience.

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Should the media do better in their coverage of incidents in overseas “childcare” settings?

There has been a spate of recent media reports concerning appalling conduct by workers in United States early education settings. Many of these reports have been picked up and shared by media outlets in Australia.

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Five charts that show Australia’s poor performance in early education

The new Report Card from ARACY has drawn on a range of national and international data and indicators to provide a snapshot of children’s outcomes in areas such as health, wellbeing and education. We took a look at statistics relevant to National Quality Framework services – here are five charts that demonstrate just how Australia is faring.

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New report shows Australia continues to fall behind in children’s outcomes

A new report card examining a wide range of child and youth health, wellbeing and education data reveals that Australia is doing worse than, or only meeting, the international average in two-thirds of indicators.

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