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We refuse to value care - why sexism is at the core of our early childhood crisis

The introduction of an extra year of education for three and four-year olds in New South Wales (by 2030) and Victoria (by 2025) is an ambitious initiative. Articles in response argue that promises to boost provision may be difficult to deliver. Australia already has a problem filling existing positions in childcare.

2022-06-29 09:22:08

by Freya Lucas

Barnardos Australia CEO Deirdre Cheers speaks out during National Families Week

Sunday 15 May marked the start of National Families (15-21 May) and the final week of the Federal Election campaign. It’s a time when politicians appeal to ‘working families’ about their vision for the future.

2022-05-20 09:37:56

by Freya Lucas

Desperately seeking big policy ideas for our smallest youngest people

Dr Leanne Gibbs, a Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University asks where in the 2022 election campaign is the commitment to big investment and to big policy ideas that ensure free and accessible early childhood education for the long-term?

2022-05-17 09:22:38

by Freya Lucas

What Australian educators need from the next Federal government

This year has been difficult and stressful and it’s only May. We’ve seen Australia re- open its borders causing all-time highs in our COVID-19 case numbers, and floods causing confusion and wreaking havoc for children, women, families and early educators – all of whom are being impacted by one thing or another.

2022-05-05 09:55:27

by Freya Lucas

Programming. Mountains out of Molehills

YES, programming, documentation, observation, assessment, reflection, and so much more, are part of our professional obligations as educators. It is the area that many find the most challenging, that causes them the biggest stress and anxiety, that sadly often causes conscientious educators to leave the profession.

2022-03-08 09:40:48

by Freya Lucas

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