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.

a day ago

by Freya Lucas

The hundred languages of leadership – a Reggio Emilia perspective

Many early childhood educators are well versed in Loris Malaguzzi’s poem referencing the hundred languages of children. In it, he reminds the reader that systems, structure and defined ways of working can limit children, an anchor of conformity and regiment which weighs them down. In this piece, The Sector contributor, Michelle Walsh, shares her reflections on leadership, asking readers to consider if they make space in their leadership style for the hundred languages in their team to be expressed.

8 days ago

by Michelle Walsh

The importance of mindfulness for ECEC work highlighted by Griffith research

Taking a breather and being mindful can help to improve and maintain collegial relationships in the workplace, researchers from Griffith University have found. Their findings are of particular interest to those working in early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, where children are observing the adults caring for them to learn skills such as conflict resolution, critical thinking and social interaction.

14 days ago

by Freya Lucas

The role of rituals in building strong ECEC teams aligned with core values

What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you hear the word “ritual?” Sitting at the same place at the table for Christmas dinner every year? Something you see happening in a place of worship? Always ending off a call to a loved one with the same phrase?

2 months ago

by Freya Lucas

Social media interactions: curiosity killed the cat, but it kept our sector alive…

Social media has the potential to be the ideal platform for those in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector to live out two of the core principles of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) respect for diversity, and ongoing learning and reflective practice.

5 months ago

by Michelle Walsh