This week Liam gets an update on the Early Childhood Educator Wellbeing Project (ECEWP) we covered earlier in the year. Liam speaks to Tamara Cumming, one of the researchers leading the Project; Leisa Wright, Centre Director at Harrison Early Childhood Centre, one of the services taking part in the Project; and Leanne Gibbs, who facilitated a session at the Project’s recent Stakeholder Roundtable.Read More
This week we chat with Tamika Hicks, the Manager of Cardinia Lakes Early Learning Centre, a standalone service in Victoria. Tamika is an advocate and activist with a focus on quality - how does she approach balancing ethical approaches to early education with successfully operating a business?Read More
Lisa and Liam quickly scour the budget papers (and Twitter), before giving our immediate reactions to the Federal Government’s Budget for 2019/20.
Then, in anticipation that we were probably not going to like this Budget, Lisa dazzles us all with her fantasy Federal Budget for early education.Read More
This week Lisa and Liam have a brief chat about this weekend's NSW Election, before tackling the Australian National Audit Office's review of the design and implementation of the Government's Child Care Package. We speak to four people in the sector to get a range of views on how well (or not) the Package was delivered.Read More
This week we are joined by Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer, who discusses her work as the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow and developer of the Conceptual PlayLab, an evidence-based model of intentional teaching for early childhood and early primary and an example of world-leading research.Read More
This week Liam chats with Ali Sewter, Kylie Keane and Carl Kroon from Forrest Out of Hours School Care about their recent achievement of receiving the Excellent rating from ACECQA; and Leanne brings us her reflections from Day 2 of the recent AJEC Symposium.Read More
This week Lisa, Leanne and Liam discuss recent advocacy around the numbers of Early Childhood Teachers required in NSW early education services.
Leanne also provides a summary of her time at the recent AJEC Conference.Read More
In our first episode of 2019, Liam chats with Associate Professor Sandie Wong, Dr Tamara Cumming and Dr Helen Logan about the Early Childhood Educator Wellbeing Project. The Project takes an holistic approach to examine the psychological and physiological aspects of early childhood educators’ well-being within the context of their work environments.Read More
We're back with full episodes on February 8, but this bonus episode gives listeners access to the first episode of our supporter-only series "Exploring the NQS". This weekly series features Liam looking at the National Quality Standard, once a week, one element at a time.Read More
For the third year running we present our end-of-year episode! We provide an overview of the big moments from 2018, make some predictions for what might be to come in 2019, and the answer a few listener questions.Read More
For our last regular episode of the year, we turn the microphone over to two early childhood education leaders. Wendy Mackay (Centre Director of Harrison Early Childhood Centre) speaks with Anna Whitty (Executive Director, Northside Children’s Services) about leading her centre from a Working Towards rating in 2015, to an Exceeding rating in 2018. The discussion documents the highs and lows of this three-year journey of quality improvement through leadership, self-reflection and professional identity.Read More
This week Lisa and Liam talk about community management of early education services with President of Alstonville Community Preschool Katherine Buckley. Katherine talks to us about Alstonville, how she and the committee work with the Centre Director and what the biggest challenges are for this model.Read More
This week we tackle one of the most exciting and thrilling topics in early education - service policies and procedures! We discuss why they’re actually important, how you can approach them and why they’re actually great resources for you and the work you do.Read More
Lisa, Leanne and Liam are joined this week by Professor Deborah Harcourt to discuss the growing trend of early education environments all having similar looks. Where has this trend come from, and what does it mean for children and educators?Read More
This week Lisa and Liam chat with Charlene Smith from the Mitchell Institute about their new report The Capable Country, which calls for rapid government action to boost capabilities across all stages of learning.Read More
Earlier this week, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologised on behalf of the nation for failing and abandoning the thousands of survivors of institutional child sex abuse. The Apology came after the Royal Commission conducted a years-long investigation into Australia’s failure to keep children safe in many instances.
This week, we take a look at how the Royal Commission and the Apology affects early childhood education services, what it means to be a child-safe organisation and what the Commission’s proposed Child Safe Standards mean for children and the sector.Read More
Lisa and Leanne are taking an extra (well-deserved) week off, so Liam takes a look at the Labor Party's recent early education policy announcements regarding three-year-old preschool and free TAFE places.
He chats about Labor's new policies with the Shadow Education Minister Amanda Rishworth, and then talks with Mitchell Institute Director and policy expert Megan O'Connell to take a deeper look at what they mean for the sector.Read More