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Will the HELP and VSL changes affect your ECEC studies in 2020?

In August 2018, the Australian Government announced a number of changes to student loans, which may impact those choosing to study early childhood education and care. A number of the changes are due in 2020, meaning they may impact the course and institution choices made by those pursuing further early childhood education and care (ECEC) studies, or making choices about how debt is repaid.

2 hours ago

by Freya Lucas

Outside play keeps eye problems away – optometrists push for more green, less screen

Optometrists are using new research gathered as part of a project designed to better understand screen use amongst children to call for more “green time” (time spent outside engaging with nature) and less screen time, with study results showing that most Australian children are spending more than double the amount of time indoors on screens than the World Health Organisation recommendation.

2 hours ago

by Freya Lucas

Survey finds that many ECEC graduates lack the skills needed to care for children

A survey conducted by the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) has found that many “qualified” staff lack basic knowledge of child safety, food safety or hygiene, expressing concern to local news source The Courier Mail that many graduates “can’t change a nappy and struggle with English”.

2 hours ago

by Freya Lucas

Supporting children who have experienced trauma – Bravehearts tips

Childhood trauma experiencing an event or series of events which are emotionally painful or distressing can take on many forms. It may occur when a child witnesses or experiences overwhelming negative situations, and may be interpersonal (abuse, violence, neglect) or a traumatic event, such as an accident, natural disaster, war and civil unrest, or medical procedures.

3 days ago

by Freya Lucas

fkaCS extends sympathy about bushfire crisis, offering free resource to support

fka Children’s Services (fkaCS) has extended its deepest sympathies to all families, communities and services affected by the bushfire crisis, also offering deep appreciation to the Victorian Fire Services and those firefighters joining the fight from abroad.

3 days ago

by Freya Lucas