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.
In centres, community halls and public squares all over Australia today, early childhood educators will gather today with a simple and long-overdue ask – don’t ignore what we do for this country. Not for one more day.
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.
It’s hard to tell which part of Simon Birmingham’s announcement that Federal Government funding for Australia-wide preschool causes the biggest eye-roll.
The two clear frontrunners are: 1) That the Education Minister is seriously using the word “commitment” to describe the fifth short-term shot of funding his Government has announced since they took office; and 2) That the Education Minister seriously expects us to believe the Government values the research and evidence on the importance of early education.
It’s been a busy week for new data, research and analysis of Australia’s early childhood sector.
We’ve seen the release of Report on Government Services data, and the launch of a major new Report on the case for greater investment in early childhood education.
Since the Government started developing the policy that was initially known as the Jobs for Families Package, and is now marketed as the New Child Care Package, there have been those who have bravely tried to believe that at the end of the day it would be good for children.