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Research indicates children have better chances of achieving positive developmental and life outcomes when their families are constructively involved in their learning across settings – ranging from home and early years services to schools. Here are a few strategies for…
Among the most contentious issues in early childhood, settings are biting, though it is widely acknowledged by early educators and behavioural experts to be a common feature of the toddler years. Here are some guidelines to help you and your…
One of the most significant areas of change in early education came with the use of positive guidance strategies in place of traditional disciplinary methods. Praise and encouragement are two important but different strategies for positive guidance, with many practitioners…
Respect for Diversity is one of the main principles that underpin the Belonging, Becoming and Being: Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. Thus it is mandatory for services and educators to use practice that incorporates diverse cultures, especially in monocultural…
EYLF curriculum, Belonging, Being, Becoming recognises the significance of artistic exploration in the early years. According to Element 5.3 “Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts” Educators can bring about this outcome when they…
Painting is one of the most vibrant ways that young children can experience the wonder of Art. Exploring the world of colours, textures, lines and forms can not only help children express their creativity and emotions but facilitate physical, cognitive…
Playing or even just spending time outdoors has long been recognized as crucial to positive learning and life outcomes in children. Outdoor spaces thus hold great significance in early education and care learning settings and have been addressed in Quality…
Celebrations are among the most important binding factors in any community or society. In childhood services too, celebrations can be a great way to nurture a sense of being and belonging in children, when planned and implemented with sensitivity and…
Among the key principles of the NQF is the valuing of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Recognising and including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures forms the bedrock of not only reconciliation but of the broader…
A key objective of the National Quality Framework is to promote continuous improvement in the provision of quality education and care services. Every service is required to be assessed and rated for quality by regulatory bodies and self-assessment is one…
A service assessment and rating visit is an opportunity to demonstrate the strengths of your service and seek useful feedback. It is important to be able to articulate your achievements and practices effectively. Here are a few tips for discussing…
Even for the most accomplished of new graduates, the transition from educational to professional context can be challenging. Not only is the new educator thrust into the hurly-burly of everyday teaching, but is expected to adjust to an entirely unfamiliar…
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