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RAT rule change for Vic ECEC services, and updates on other programs and services

Lisa Gandolfo, the Assistant Deputy Secretary of Early Childhood Education for the Victorian Department of Education and Training, has issued an update for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services.

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by Freya Lucas

Competitive rental market and lack of ECEC places hinder tree change move

Business woman Samantha Burns felt a strong desire to return to her rural roots, wanting to move from Sydney to the regional New South Wales community of Orange in 2019. Despite the strong pull of country life, two barriers stood in her way, which have only been compounded following the COVID-19 pandemic.

3 weeks

by Freya Lucas

What Australian educators need from the next Federal government

This year has been difficult and stressful and it’s only May. We’ve seen Australia re- open its borders causing all-time highs in our COVID-19 case numbers, and floods causing confusion and wreaking havoc for children, women, families and early educators – all of whom are being impacted by one thing or another.

3 weeks

by Freya Lucas

Babies born during COVID are talking less, and are slower to develop language, study finds

Babies born during the COVID-19 pandemic produced “significantly fewer vocalisations” and had less verbal communication with their caregivers compared to those born before COVID-19, a new independent study has found, leaving researchers concerned for the long-term success of children born after the pandemic began.

3 weeks

by Freya Lucas

Goodstart shares insights about building connections and confidence in COVID-19

Australia’s largest early childhood education and care (ECEC) provider, Goodstart Early Learning has shared insights about the way in which it maintained connection with children and families during COVID-19 as part of a sector wide study.

4 weeks

by Freya Lucas

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