Freya Lucas

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Freya Lucas has over 20 years experience in education and care services, with her previous roles as an early childhood teacher, primary teacher, and ECEC operations manager giving her a unique insight into the ECEC sector at all levels. Freya’s career has seen her work in private in-home care, primary schools, long day care, out of school hours care, in addition to tuition and library information and management settings. Freya’s key role at The Sector is to cover the latest ECEC news and provide insight and analysis into sector issues and developments. Freya is engaged with two sons aged 10 and 15. Freya has fond memories of the time her boys’ spent in the early education space.

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Articles by Freya Lucas

Hey Siri, want to be friends? Children talk to tech, but does it respond?

A University of Washington (UW) study has examined what authors describe as “a missed opportunity” for voice-activated devices, or digital assistants, such as Siri and Alexa, to reach every member of the family.

3 minutes ago

by Freya Lucas

Restrictive food budgets may cause children to be fussy eaters, UQ study says

A study from the University of Queensland (UQ) has found that tight food budgets, where the amount of budget available to be spent feeding young children is limited, may inadvertently be encouraging unhealthy “fussy” eating habits in children.

13 minutes ago

by Freya Lucas

World Autism Awareness Month: Here’s why Australia’s children with autism are falling between the gaps

World Autism Awareness Month is upon us – a month where diversity is celebrated and inclusion embraced.

an hour ago

by Freya Lucas

Screen time predicts delays in child development, says new research

Researchers, doctors, public health officials and parents are all trying to make sense of the impact of screen time on children.

2 hours ago

by Freya Lucas

A Tale of Four Cities – a comparative AEDC analysis

By age five, around 300,000 children are starting school, but more than one in five children are not as prepared as their peers, says Megan O’Connell, Honorary Senior Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education and Director of Megan O’Connell Consulting in presenting her analysis of the recently released 2018 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data. The information shared below with The Sector outlines Ms O’Connell’s interpretations and perspectives.

21 hours ago

by Freya Lucas