02 OctHurry – last places for Victorian Early Years Policy Debate on 11 October

The Victorian Election is on November 24. Do you want to hear how our political leaders plan to support and develop early childhood education and care in Victoria? Are there questions you would like to ask them about things the affect your service or our sector? ***New Date – Debate rescheduled to 11 October ***

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29 AugVic Early Years Policy Debate postponed – new date to be advised

Please note: the Victorian Early Years Policy Debate scheduled for 28 August at the Northcote Town Hall has been postponed to a later date. This is due to unforeseen circumstances affecting two of the key presenters just prior to the event. ELAA, CCC, and ECA Vic apologise for any inconvenience caused. Places at the event […]

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14 SepThe Role of Technology in Childcare and Early Learning

Childcare operators and educators can no longer afford to ignore the benefits of technology in early learning. Not only do the traditional methods of teaching and administration waste time and money, but quality of care is sacrificed and opportunities are lost when the focus is on paperwork, and not the primary role of education. Technology use […]

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24 JanWearing Hats and Herding Cats: Chapter 5

The Confessions of a Kindergarten President Chapter 5: Yellow Hat Two days later the phone rings.  It’s Mia’s mum. “How about that catch up to do a handover?” Already, she sure was serious about hand balling. “Yeah, why not?”, you say. Mia’s mum: “Do you know Cafe latte? It’s just a few doors down from kinder.  We all […]

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28 NovTwo Years are Better than One

It is time for Australia to give all children the opportunity to attend two years of preschool. Every child in Australia deserves the opportunity to reach their potential. High-quality preschool programs are a proven strategy for lifting outcomes for all children, and evidence shows that two years of preschool has more impact than one, especially […]

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04 SepThe documentation pilgrimage

In the children’s literature classic Alice in Wonderland there is the following exchange between the curious, brave and intelligent Alice and the mysterious and devious Cheshire cat. “Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? The Cheshire Cat : That depends a good deal on where you want to […]

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29 JulTHE COMPETENT EDUCATOR- by Karen Hope

Recently during a professional development session I asked a group of educators what are the rights of educators? Were they the holder of rights, and if so, what were they? I thought about providing them with some context or giving them an example, but decided against this because as much as I wanted to know […]

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14 JunHigh-quality, affordable education at the heart of Labor’s new early years policy

For too long, early years education policy has focused on the money, pigeonholed into a debate about “child care” and “mums getting back to work”, rather than a long-term investment in children’s development. Labor’s latest early childhood policy, which includes, among others things, boosting the Child Care Rebate cap to A$10,000, tries to marry both […]

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02 JunTime to commit: Keep funding 15 hours

ELAA launches the Keep funding 15 hours campaign. This Federal election provides another opportunity for both sides of politics to commit to funding 15 hours of preschool (for forty weeks a year) beyond 2017. For many parents and organisations involved in early childhood education and care, this opportunity feels a little like Groundhog Day – […]

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19 MayEarly education for all

The research is clear. High quality early education is one of the best investments governments can make to maximize learning and life chances for all kids, especially those most vulnerable. Early Learning, Everyone Benefits, emphasizes, the returns from these investments in quality preschool for everyone enrich the whole community and the country.  Quality preschool reduces […]

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