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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26 FebThe Senate has the chance to ensure new early years package includes all disadvantaged families

In December 2015, the Australian Government introduced legislation to implement its Jobs for Families Childcare Package. The package – developed in response to a 2014 Productivity Commission Inquiry into the affordability and accessibility of early childhood education and care – aims to better target child care subsidy for families. The Government has rightly noted that […]

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