All I want for Christmas is no othering – an alternative view of celebrations

What does it mean, to be the “other?” If you and I are an “us”, it implies that everyone else is a “them”. When statements such as “we don’t have any of them here” or “they don’t think like us” are heard, bias both conscious and unconscious can creep in. Left unchecked, bias can be corrosive to children, families and teamsbut what does that bias have to do with celebrations like Christmas?

2 months ago

by Freya Lucas

The importance of showing gratitude in the workplace

Are you a glass half empty or glass half full kind of person?

4 months ago

by Adrian Grundy, Murdock Recruitment

Team-building exercises can be a waste of time. You achieve more by getting personal

Someone we know recently told us about a team-building event that proved anything but.

5 months ago

by Julien Pollack, University of Sydney and Petr Matous, University of Sydney

The importance of valuing individual educator strengths

As an early childhood teacher, and a human being, I am acutely aware that I am not good at everything. I’ve made peace with the fact that I have a terrible sense of direction and that I am incredibly clumsy; but I make a mean lasagna and I am a great listener.

5 months ago

by Tracy Colvin

Does one size fit all? Exploring the ECA Code of Ethics ‘beyond the fence’

When I was working in roles that involved training, mentoring and supporting those educating and caring for children, I would often speak about the world ‘beyond the fence’ in reference to how the rhythms of life played out for children, families and educators beyond the confines of the education and care service.

6 months ago

by Freya Lucas