Opinion Articles

Forget flowers and chocolates for Mother’s Day: keep free childcare going instead

One of the surprise silver linings of the COVID-19 crisis is that childcare became free for all Australian families.

25 days ago

by Freya Lucas

How data is improving early education in Australia

All facets of education, including early childhood education and care (ECEC), are undergoing a digital transformation at a rapid pace. The introduction of tools like Google Classrooms, Webex and Class Dojo, as well as the shift towards remote learning, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, has seen an increased up-take of digital technologies by educators seeking to remain connected with the children they educate and care for, from home.

36 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Permanently raising the Child Care Subsidy is an economic opportunity too good to miss

The Australian government’s COVID-19 rescue package for the child-care sector provides a lifeline for centres and parents alike.

39 days ago

by Freya Lucas

COVID-19 has laid bare how much we value women’s work, and how little we pay for it

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down. Amidst the upheavals, it has laid bare how little we normally pay for “women’s work”.

43 days ago

by Freya Lucas

An educators view on guiding pre-service ECTs through the new ‘normal’

‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ is a classic film from 1985, about a high school kid who decides to take a day off school. It’s always been one of my favourites. At this point in time, as the world finds itself in the most extraordinary of circumstances, many of us have been called on to develop new and different ways of working and staying connected. As I have grappled with some of these particular challenges, one question Ferris asks at the beginning of the film rings through my mind “How could I possibly be expected to handle school on a day like this?”.

57 days ago

by Karen Hope