OPINION ARTICLES

What about wellbeing? A perspective from a “career changed” ECT

The wellbeing and mental health of educators is a concern for the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector constantly, with these concerns heightened by a tumultuous year of pandemic and policy change.

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by Freya Lucas

Increasing the childcare subsidy will help struggling families — and the economy

In April, the federal government put in place an emergency relief package to support families and operators in the early childhood education and care sector, as many people pulled their children out of childcare.

4 weeks

by Freya Lucas

We need a new childcare system that encourages women to work, not punishes them for it

In previous recessions in Australia, far larger numbers of men than women lost their jobs. This reflected realities at that time. Men had higher levels of workforce participation than women, and the construction and manufacturing industries were particularly hard hit.

1 month

by Freya Lucas

Children's books must be diverse, or kids will grow up believing white is superior

Global support for the Black Lives Matter movement isn’t only about standing up against the injustice done to George Floyd, or Indigenous Australians in custody. People are also standing up against the entrenched racism that leads to a careless approach towards the lives of people who aren’t white.

1 month

by Freya Lucas

Student teachers must pass a literacy and numeracy test before graduating – it's unfair and costly

A recent media report noted student teachers are facing delays in sitting a literacy and numeracy test they need to pass to graduate, due to the pandemic.

1 month

by Freya Lucas

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