Even in Finland, ECEC struggles with workforce shortages and ECT challenges

Challenges in finding sufficiently qualified and available educators to fill required roles in early childhood education and care (ECEC) services around Australia have been widely shared by leaders, owners and managers throughout the sector.

22 hours

by Freya Lucas

Landmark 50th season of Sesame Street showcases persistence and resilience

Iconic children’s television program Sesame Street will kick off its historic 50th season tomorrow, July 11, with a ‘star studded’ special on ABC Kids, ahead of a season of programming which focuses on “Oops and Aha!: Embracing the Power of Possibilities” with the aim of helping parents and children to learn more about how to combat the stresses and pressures they face in their daily lives.

5 days

by Freya Lucas

Scotland’s outdoor play initiative has some lessons for the rest of the world

As Scotland considers the eventual re-opening of schools and non-emergency child-care facilities as the threat of coronavirus recedes, early childhood advocates are eagerly anticipating a now-delayed rollout of an important social policy experiment.

2 weeks

by Freya Lucas

Child care after the coronavirus pandemic should be more inclusive of children with disabilities

Across Canada, some provinces have either opened or are looking at opening their child-care centres again following pandemic closures. But all families do not have the same opportunity to participate in early childhood education and care. To simply expand what we now have would not serve all families equally.

3 weeks

by Freya Lucas

From a refugee camp to working with children - celebrating 2020 as the year of welcome

As Australia participates in Refugee Week (acknowledged from Sunday 14 June to Saturday 20 June), and the theme ‘celebrating the year of welcome’ a range of resources, stories, pictures and recipes are being shared through the refugee week website, including the story of Naomi Musangi, who came to Australia after she was forced to flee her home in the Democratic Republic of Congo at just nine years old.

4 weeks

by Freya Lucas

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