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.
Continue reading “Another short-term extension to preschool funding underlines Government’s lack of commitment 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”
As we heave ourselves over the line into 2018, the year that will see the introduction of this new legislation, I wanted to highlight an issue I am worried is not getting anywhere near enough attention.
Continue reading “OPINION: The educator workforce is in for a shock in 2018”