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.
Continue reading “EDITORIAL: Aiming to be average”
The movement to change the annual date of Australia Day has grown steadily, now often highlighted with the hashtag #ChangeTheDate. The date, January 26, represents the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. For many, including many Indigenous Australians, this date represents the beginning of a colonial invasion that decimated communities and a culture that had endured on this continent for tens of thousands of years.
Continue reading “Should NQF services be looking to #ChangeTheDate?”
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.
Continue reading “OPINION: The New Child Care Package is about removing children from the discussion”
In international early education comparisons and rankings, Australia usually has very little to celebrate. We spend less than countries similar to us, our system is one of the most confusing in the world, and children have less access than most comparable countries.
Continue reading “Book Review: The Most Important Year, Suzanne Bouffard”
In a lengthy article for The New York Times Magazine, Jeneen Interlandi explores many of the issues faced by preschool teachers in the United States. Continue reading “Must Read: Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?”