Children’s voice in advocacy—lessons from Canada

‘What children know is that every child deserves to have clean water to drink, every animal needs to be treated with kindness, every child needs good food to eat and someone to love and hug them. They need to grow up in their families, they need to have great early educators, like you, who nurture and learn with them’—Dr Cindy Blackstock.

Cindy Blackstock ED of First Nations Caring Society at ECA Conference, September 2018

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Educators as digital technology advisors

Children today are surrounded from birth by an ever-expanding range of digital technologies, yet there are few reliable sources of guidance for parents or educators on how to navigate this new digital world in the best interests of children. Could early childhood educators fulfil this role?

Early Childhood Australia’s (ECA) new Statement on young children and digital technologies says yes! Read on to find out how.

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Empowering children to use technology to be active and creative

The Wee Care Kindergarten (and early learning centre) at Bondi Junction NSW is an independent centre run by owner/director Ruth Weinstein following Reggio Emelia principles. The philosophy of the centre is to view children as unique individuals who have ‘rights as protagonists in their own learning and right as citizens’. The care and education of young children is viewed not in isolation but in relation with family, peers, education, the environment and local community. A continuous dialogue among children, educators and families facilitates a reflective curriculum: children being, belonging and becoming.

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How pre-schoolers can learn to communicate signs of stress

Stress and anxiety can cause serious behavioural problems for children, in fact Be You *an Australian government initiative, focusing on kids mental health estimates '1 in 7 school-age children has a mental health problem, like anxiety, depression and behaviour problems, but only 1 in 4 gets the help they need'. 

In this interview with Katharine Rogers from the ABC KidsListen team, expert in childhood stress management Dr. Stuart Shanker explains that he believes taking action in pre-school years can help to prevent or minimize the stress children experience as they grow up.

Image: Paul Hanaoka - Unsplashed

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Supporting rights of children in Children's Week

This is the time of year dedicated globally and nationally to celebrating children’s rights, talents and citizenship.

This year the theme is about Children’s Right to Speak and be listened to.

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ALP preschool policy—the leap forward that we need in the early learning revolution


The ALP’s recently announced National Preschool and Kindy Program has been warmly received by early childhood advocates from across the country. In it, the ALP commits, if elected at the next Federal election, to fund permanent subsidised, universal access to preschool programs for two years before children start school.

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NSW funding of three-year-old preschool is good news - but more is needed

The announcement by the New South Wales (NSW) Government to subsidise preschool for three-year-olds in community preschools is a landmark decision that will increase access for thousands of children to high-quality early education – it’s a move in the right direction but more needs to be done.

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Why Australian three year olds miss out

How can we say that three-year-olds in Australia are currently missing out on early learning compared to children in other countries? On one hand, children in Australia have a better chance of attending a quality early learning service than children in other countries, because Australia has national quality measures in place, such as the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standard (NQS). But, on the other hand, we have fewer three-year-olds participating in this quality early learning system compared to other OECD countries.

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Why we should value educators more

Early childhood educators are justified in their campaign for higher wages. The work they do adds immense value to the wellbeing of children, building their capacity to learn and to contribute to society.

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The importance of early learning - from Lifting Our Game report

The Lifting Our Game report by Professor Deborah Brennan and Susan Pascoe AM, is endorsed by every state and territory government and describes why the early years are crucial for child development and societal well-being:

Educators have understood the importance of the early years for well over a century. In the past two decades, neuroscience has introduced powerful new evidence, helping us to understand why the early years are so important in establishing the underlying skills and behaviours that are essential to a child’s lifelong learning, behaviour and health.

A child’s environment and experiences in his or her early years set key pathways for life. Children’s learning commences long before they enter school – children are born ready to learn. 

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