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

Health and wellbeing depends on two hours a week spent in nature, researchers find

There is a crucial threshold of spending enough time in nature for the promotion of health and wellbeing, according to a new large scale study conducted by the University of Exeter, with researchers finding that the “sweet spot” is at least two hours per week.

5 hours ago

by Freya Lucas

ECEC educators set to benefit from Skilling South Australia projects

45 early childhood education and care (ECEC) educators in South Australia will benefit from funded training to further develop their skills, and meet the workforce needs of the growing sector, SA Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni has announced.

5 hours ago

by Freya Lucas

New program for children starting from age 2 aims to nip body image blues in the bud

An initiative designed by La Trobe University is aiming to reduce instances of negative body image and unhealthy behaviours in children through working with child health nurses (CHN) and families of children aged between two and six years of age.

5 hours ago

by Freya Lucas

Further drought funding announced to support ECEC services in NSW

Families in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales will receive support through an additional round of funding for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services as the state continues to endure the worst recorded drought in history.

5 hours ago

by Freya Lucas

Forest schools: how climbing trees and making dens can help children develop resilience

Despite all the research that tells parents how good it is for their children to spend time playing outside, they are spending more time indoors than ever before. It seems that concerns about the dangers of climbing trees or getting lost means that many parents are nervous about allowing their children to engage in risky play.

3 days ago

by Freya Lucas