Early childhood education and care

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

By Lucinda McKnight and Natalie Robertson

Introduction: The old, old problem The introduction of an extra year of education for three and four-year olds

It’s one thing to extend preschool. But where is the supply of the remarkable teachers we need?

By Rachael Hedger

Rachael Hedger on early childhood reform: implications for our children, the sector, and the economy. This week, Victoria and New South Wales jointly announced a universal preschool year for all 4-year-old children, offering 30-hours of fully subsided ‘pre-prep’ or ‘pre-kindergarten’. Victoria plans to implement this change from 2025 whilst NSW will begin from 2030. This

Why kids under five must start learning to code

By Jo Bird

There’s a lot of pressure to learn coding in primary school to develop 21st century computational skills. But I think we should start in preschool. Schools and governments recognise the need for teaching 21st century skills. We can see the evidence for that in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. But just as we teach preschool children

The top five ways COVID places harsher burdens on educators. There’s an urgent need for change

By Marg Rogers, Wendy Boyd and Margaret Sims

COVID has caused commotion in the early childhood education and care sector since it arrived in 2020. It made educators  more stressed and added burdens to those already overburdened.  The current level of chaos is unsustainable as shown in our research with Australian directors from long daycare centres, community preschools and family daycare services. Six

Time, money, exhaustion: why early childhood educators will join the Great Resignation

By Marg Rogers

As the Omicron virus leaves thousands of families without childcare, because hundreds of early childhood services have been forced to close, early childhood educators are in demand. Previously there was around 30% turnover in the sector, but a 2021 survey of 4000 educators revealed 73% planned to leave in the next three years. A multinational

“How are the children?” One powerful question to ask in early childhood education

By Dimity Franks

A presentation from the Early Childhood SIG at #AARE2021 with Deborah Pino-Pasternak, Claire McLachlan and Dimity Franks. The Masai tribes of Africa use the traditional greeting “Kasserian Ingera,” which translates to “And how are the children?” This greeting demonstrates the emphasis Masai warriors place on the wellbeing of the children in their tribe. As early