Tag: families

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.

Continue reading “What outcomes parents should expect from early childhood education and care”

EDITORIAL: The gaping hole in Australia’s education system

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.

Continue reading “EDITORIAL: The gaping hole in Australia’s education system”

OPINION: “Teaching of sorts” – valuing teachers in the first five years

Last week I was speaking with the parent of a child who will be transitioning to a Preschool closer to home this year. This child has been attending the centre I work at, Treehouse in the Park, since she was a baby and it will be very sad to say goodbye to this family.

Continue reading “OPINION: “Teaching of sorts” – valuing teachers in the first five years”

Seven years in, the NQF doesn’t seem to be improving family attitudes to early education

ACECQA’s National Partnership Annual Performance Report has revealed that families view a service’s National Quality Standard rating as the least important factor when choosing a service to enrol their child in.

Continue reading “Seven years in, the NQF doesn’t seem to be improving family attitudes to early education”