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Australian researchers showcase pre-emptive autism intervention for children under two

The first trial of pre-emptive behavioural interventions for babies showing early signs of autism has found that the therapies used can improve early language development.

2 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Megan Mitchell discusses importance of ECEC educators in securing children’s rights

National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell has used a recent public speaking opportunity to draw attention to how the Australian community, including those in the early childhood system, can embed children’s rights in broader society.

3 days ago

by Freya Lucas

What would a plastic-free ECEC setting look like? SNAP wants to show you

At a time when sustainability concerns are increasingly front of mind for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, one centre, in the UK, has launched a free online platform, designed to support other ECEC settings to become more sustainable.

8 days ago

by Freya Lucas

The importance of valuing individual educator strengths

As an early childhood teacher, and a human being, I am acutely aware that I am not good at everything. I’ve made peace with the fact that I have a terrible sense of direction and that I am incredibly clumsy; but I make a mean lasagna and I am a great listener.

7 days ago

by Tracy Colvin

Online early childhood education: Not remotely what’s needed

After working on early childhood education and care for more than 40 years, I am sometimes stunned when I read about “innovations” in child care that I assume are put-ons but turn out to be perfectly serious. Such was my reaction the other day to a story in the New York Times about a kindergarten readiness program that four year olds can access remotely— “almost entirely online”.

2 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Researchers find “serious gaps” in educator observation/response to problem behaviour

A national survey undertaken by researchers from the University of South Australia has exposed “serious gaps” in the ability of early childhood teachers, primary educators and carers to identify and respond to young children displaying “problematic sexual behaviours”.

2 days ago

by Freya Lucas