Want to raise the quality of ECEC? Start by stopping the commodification of children.

In today’s world we seem to want to put a price tag on everything.  Free markets have always been accompanied by the notion that it will provide the consumer with options.  When it comes to […]

The key to social competence

Social competence or the view of it has been an area we have put a focus on over the past few decades.  Whether we called it behaviour management, positive guidance or…..discipline.  As well as the […]

Politics in the playground – Dysfunctional teams.

I think we all can agree that the primary ingredient for a high functioning early childhood centre is the team!  Probably more important than its leadership, the team is the ‘cogs and wheels’ of a […]

Why we should start moving away from traditional approaches to planning and assessment

Regardless of where you live and teach in the world, planning for and assessment of learning will be a huge component of your daily, weekly, monthly, and annual process for documenting and evaluating learning.   […]

Considering children’s relationship with food this Christmas

Most adults will know that Christmas is often a time for ‘letting go’ when it comes to food.  We could have started a diet in October, effectively transitioned our taste buds away from having a […]

Social Justice is a Four Letter Word

Australia has just past legislation to bring same-sex marriage into law and give those entering into same-sex marriage the same rights and responsibilities of opposite-gender married couples under law.   The path to marriage equality […]

How the concept of mutual aid could help re-shape early childhood education

Peter Kropotkin was an Anarchist and Philosopher in the late eighteen hundreds to early nineteen hundreds.  Russian born, he spend a lot of his life in exile in Siberia as well as in England and […]

Silence can be golden….a golden opportunity to enhance learning

Did you know that noise levels can effect children’s oral literacy development?! It also effects how often and how long we speak to children as well, which makes sense if you think about it…. Having […]

Diary of a Desperate Teacher – A Day from Hell

My heart began to race as I pulled into the carpark. I turned the rear view mirror slightly so that I could see my eyes looking into it. “You can do this Jenny, pull it […]

What kind of vehicle are you?

I’m not a helicopter parent…or teacher. I think I am more of a tank, or maybe a passenger train…. I don’t know what I am, but one thing I do know is that I enjoy […]