Attitudes about use of technology vary widely in the early years context. How can we make the most of technology as a tool for learning and development? Read how one Perth-based kindergarten manages digital play. Look into the latest research on young children and digital technology. Find some good checklists to record what children are learning when they are using digital devices.
What helps leaders do a good job? What skills and dispositions make a difference? Read a case study which focuses on this question. Access some useful videos and/or research into leadership in early years contexts. Think about how we promote leadership skills in children.
Find inspiration for celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples cultures and for becoming more culturally competent in this area. Explore resources that feature in the new Early Childhood Resource Hub professional learning modules, which support cultural competencies.
Deepen your focus on STEM within your service. Read how one service is working with unplugged and coding activities. Find some useful resources for learning activities in Maths, Science, Engineering and Technologies. Discuss some new ideas at your next staff meeting. Plan for Science Week - 11-19 August 2018.
The newsletter explores some resources which support children in the development of emotional literacy and more positive interactions with each other. Read about an educator using mindfulness and other practices. Explore the scope and sequence of a holistic Respectful Relationships program. Look at ways to improve the delivery of NQS 5 in your service.
Access the ACECQA Quest for Quality knowledge game. The new extension packs explore concepts such as inclusion, environmental sustainability and the National 24-Hour Movement Guidelines, as well as family day care and outside school hours care. The game and extension packs have been designed as knowledge and capacity building tools, providing an opportunity to integrate an element of fun into understanding the NQS, professional discussions and critical reflection.
In this month's newsletter we explore some great resources and ideas about sustainability practices and learning activities in early years settings. Read about a service with ten years’ experience in this area. Access tools for auditing your own service. Connect with some good teaching ideas.
The newsletter explores some key resources and ideas for improving your practice and refining the Quality Improvement Plan (QIP). It includes data from the most recent ratings assessment process, links to a case study using Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data and profiles some useful resources to assist educators with development and refinement of the QIP.
This newsletter provides a rationale for setting up a bush kinder and practicalities of implementing this type of program. There are two case studies from Victoria that focus on this topic. The newsletter includes links to reflective questions about the nature of risks and hazards and links to resources which further explore the nature of outdoor play and of design of outdoor spaces.
In this month's newsletter, we explore transitions into your service and into school. You’ll find practical ideas to support your work, a great case study from New South Wales, and sample letters for new children and families at your service.
The remaining five workshops are scheduled to be held in May in SA, WA and NT. The Department of Education and Training in partnership with Shared Path Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation have delivered workshops in QLD, TAS, NSW, VIC and ACT which have reached over 1000 Early Childhood and Child Care educators as well as many other community stakeholders.
On 13 February 2017, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, announced changes to the National Quality Framework intended to strengthen quality in early childhood education and care while at the same time reducing red tape for the sector.
Applications are now open for the 2017 Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program. ELLA is a fun, digital, play-based language learning program for children in preschool. It helps children to become more comfortable with different languages early in life so that they can stay engaged with learning languages in later years. Choose from Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese or Spanish.
If you live in North Queensland and have an interest in improving the cultural competence in your service, you can sign up now for the next round of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early learning engagement workshops coming to Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and Bundaberg in late October to early November.