May 25, 2020, 14:33 PM by Warittha Thanamitsomboon
Early years educators explore how they have responded to change during the Lockdown period. As one educator says in the lead article “We added producer, sound technician and actor to the Early Childhood Educator job skills list.” Find some inspiration in this account of the experiences of five educators from around Australia – who have found new talents in the past two months. Access some resources which might help you with children and staff members who are feeling anxious or concerned.
Inclusion and acceptance of all children is one of the fundamental principles that underpins the NQF. This month's newsletter looks at non-traditional family structures and ways to ensure that they are supported. The case study explores how Lilyfield's Explore and Develop chose to celebrate diversity within their centre.
The theme of the March newsletter is 'Surviving in a time of uncertainty'. It contains links to government advice and support; resources that you can use with your children; and resources that can be recommended to people who are at home with children.
Frustrated? Sad? Grumpy? Happy? Contented…. Start 2020 with a plan to better support your children with understanding and managing their emotions. Read about an approach taken at one kindergarten. Access online resources that provide a range of useful strategies.
The impact of a natural disaster is felt in the days, months and years following. Recently, many children, families and educators have been directly affected by the devastation of fire and evacuation of homes. Many more have experienced poor air quality, deeply disturbing images and grief and anxiety associated with a natural disaster of the scale taking place in Australia in recent months. Read about how one early childhood service responded over time to the impact of severe bushfires. Find relevant resources as well as the latest research about responding in the aftermath of traumatic events.
Maintaining a skilled early years workforce is challenging, particularly for services located in remote and very remote areas. Find out what you can do, according to the research, to sustain a stable and happy group of staff members.
Digital technologies – does the phrase make you nervous? This newsletter provides strategies for putting your (digital) toe in the water. It provides links to advice about screen time for young children. It helps you identify current unplugged play activities that support coding and computational skills.
What does trauma informed practice actually look like in an education setting? An easy-to-read manual and toolkit have been developed based on the research and practical experience of Rebecca Harris and the team of educators working at Carlton Primary School. Read about it in the case study this month. Find a host of other great resources and links to free online professional learning as well.
Inclusion – it’s about access, participation and outcomes! Inclusive practice benefits all children in your care. In this month’s newsletter, read a case study and find some great resources to support your progress in this area.