A place of belonging – Building a positive culture within the ECEC workplace

Building a sense of belonging within an early childhood education and care (ECEC) service is more than a “have to”. Educators know, after all, that one of the core components to the Early Years Learning Framework and the Framework for School Age Care is belonging one of those three wonderful “b” words that outline the work we do with children and families every single day but what does a sense of community look like, beyond being a requirement for meeting our obligations under the approved learning frameworks?

45 days ago

by Nicola Russell

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?

135 days 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?

213 days 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.

225 days 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.

230 days ago

by Tracy Colvin