OPINION ARTICLES

How the pandemic is changing children’s play

Children seem to have the magical capacity to see the world in its beauty. Experiencing the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee, a capacity to breathe slowly and smell a hundred different smells, while listening to leaves rustling in the trees. For a child, the vibrant colours are clearer, and time seems to stand still...

1 week

by Freya Lucas

Preschool and childcare have little impact on a child's later school test scores

Early childhood education and care is widely regarded as helping children’s academic, cognitive and social development. Our study, published in the journal Behavior Genetics, looked into whether attending preschool or childcare influences later academic achievement.

2 weeks

by Freya Lucas

Navigating the problem of burn-out among early childhood educators

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) is a demanding profession. Early childhood educators shoulder multiple responsibilities at work such as driving curriculum outcomes for children, engaging them in learning through different activities and ensuring their overall growth.

3 weeks

by Freya Lucas

The case for free early learning

As many cash-strapped Australian families pull their children from day-care and preschool, UNE expert Margaret Brooks asks a critical question. How much does our nation truly value children and early education?

1 month

by Freya Lucas

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.

2 months

by Freya Lucas

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