Starting from scratch: scrapping the QIP on the path to exceeding NQS

Spensley Street outside school hours care (OSHC) co-ordinator Lisa Heard describes deleting the quality improvement plan (QIP) for her service as “the best thing” she ever did, and an integral part of supporting her service to move from a rating of “working towards” to “exceeding” the National Quality Standards (NQS).  

4 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Free TAFE on the cards for NSW educators in Labor pre-election pledge

Should Labor Government be successful in winning the upcoming New South Wales election, it has pledged to make TAFE study free for more than 600,000 certificate level places, including early childhood education and care (ECEC), in a bid to combat skills shortages expected over the next decade.

4 days ago

by Freya Lucas

More support needed for educators to support children with autism to manage anxiety

Professional development is needed to increase educator knowledge about behaviour in children with autism who are experiencing anxiety, researchers from Queensland’s Griffith University have said.

7 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Five tips to make bookshelves more diverse and five books to get you started

A lack of diverse books is failing children from minority backgrounds. This is something that should concern all Australians.

8 days ago

by Helen Joanne Adam, Edith Cowan University

Educators are more worried about children’s mental health than obesity, survey says

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) educators and those working with school age children have revealed their major health concern for children, ranking the harm caused by poorly managed mental health above that of obesity and substance abuse, a survey from Beyond Blue has revealed.

9 days ago

by Freya Lucas