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In Conversation with Associate Professor Amy MacDonald, ECEC STEM researcher

With the introduction of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) based subjects being a ‘hot topic’ in educational conversation at all levels from birth to tertiary, The Sector Editor Freya Lucas recently spoke with Associate Professor Amy MacDonald to learn more about her research, early childhood and the field of STEM, and her work with Little Scientists.

6 days ago

by Freya Lucas

QikKids owner TSG to acquire Xplor as it extends its reach into Australian ECEC sector

Transaction Services Group (TSG), a global leader in revenue management solutions and the parent company of QK Technologies, the owner of the QikKids childcare management software platform (CMS), is set to acquire fellow CMS provider Xplor according to customer communications from both parties reviewed by The Sector.

7 days ago

by Jason Roberts

Innovative Guardian greenhouse project shows sustainability promise

Guardian Childcare and Education Altona North recently encountered a problem. Wild Melbourne weather destroyed two of the centre’s greenhouses, limiting the capacity of the service to grow their own herbs and vegetables in the sometimes volatile Melbourne climate.

7 days ago

by Freya Lucas

DHS speaks out to help families understand CCS overpayment in climate of confusion

Following the end of the 2018/19 financial year, the first since eligible families moved from Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate to one system of Child Care Subsidy, both providers and families have expressed concern about the confusion of the system, which has left some with high debts owing to services, and others with unexpected windfalls which rightfully belong to services.

11 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Australian ECEC employers will soon be able to use AI tech to beat workplace bullying

Employers in a variety of sectors and industries around Australia, including early childhood education and care (ECEC) will soon be able to use artificial intelligence (AI) technology to tackle common human resources issues such as bullying, micro-aggression and discrimination, Human Resources Director magazine has said.

11 days ago

by Freya Lucas