#83 After the Apology: What services need to do to keep children safe

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.

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#82 Labor's new early education policies (with Amanda Rishworth and Megan O'Connell)

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.

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#81 Being an Approved Provider (with Jenni Hutchins, CEO of Big Fat Smile)

This week we briefly discuss the Labor Party’s plans to crackdown on freebies and giveways to families to get more enrolments, before chatting with CEO of Big Fat Smile Jenni Hutchins.

Jenni discusses navigating the compliance and regulatory system as an Approved Provider, supporting Nominated Supervisors with their legal obligations, and how to lead and support an organisation during a prosecution.

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#80 How do I lead and improve excellence in early learning? (from the Realising the Potential Conference)

This week, we're bringing you the third of a series of conference presentations from the Victorian Government's Realising the Potential Conference.

The presentations this week all fall under the theme of “How do I lead and improve excellence in early learning?” and feature Professor Joce Nuttall, Director of the Teacher Education Research Concentration in the Learning Sciences Institute Australia, Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University; Dr Dan Cloney, Research Fellow, Policy Research and Practice, Australian Council for Educational Research; Andrew Hume, Chief Executive Officer, Gowrie Victoria; and Anthony Semann, Semann & Slattery.

You can also check out interviews we conducted with many of the speakers featured here in Episodes 69 and 70 of the podcast.

The audio for this session has been generously provided by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Find out more at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/ecforum

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#79 Encouraging and supporting positive parenting (from the Realising the Potential Conference)

This week, we're bringing you the second of a series of conference presentations from the Victorian Government's Realising the Potential Conference.

The presentations this week all fall under the theme of “Encouraging and supporting positive parenting” and feature Warren Cann, Chief Executive Officer Parenting Research Centre; Marcia Armstrong, Principal Maternal and Child health Nurse Advisor, Department of Education and Training; Michelle Forster, Indigenous Implementation Consultant, Triple P International; and Tegan Bastow, Early Childhood Educator and Kimberley Do, Family Support Worker, Yappera Children’s Services Cooperative LTD.

The audio for this session has been generously provided by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Find out more at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/ecforum

#78 Being an Agent of Change (from the Realising the Potential Conference)

This week, we're bringing you the first of a series of conference presentations from the Victorian Government's Realising the Potential Conference.

This session covered the importance of creating a more coherent and connected early childhood system and how to empower professionals and leaders in the sector to work together to advocate for change and improve community awareness and understand of the importance of early education and care.

It features the wonderful Charlene Smith, Policy Program Director at Mitchell Institute; the well-known and fabulous Catharine Hydon, Early Childhood Consultant; and the outstanding Emeritus Professor Deborah Brennan who co-wrote the Lifting the Game report.

The audio for this session has been generously provided by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Find out more at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/ecforum

#73 The biggest social justice issue facing early childhood education (LIVE from the SJIEC Conference)

It's a very special episode this week: a recording of our first ever live episode from the Social Justice in Early Childhood Conference held at Redfern NSW on Saturday July 28. We discuss why we think the biggest social justice issue facing the early childhood education sector is the Child Care Subsidy.

We also speak with the committee behind the Social Justice in Early Childhood group.

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#70 Early Childhood: Realising the Potential (Part 2)

This week it's the second part of our coverage of the Realising the Potential Early Childhood Forum that was held on Friday June 8. This week we hear Lisa's interviews with Andrew Hume, the CEO of Gowrie Victoria; Anthony Semann, presenter, researcher and head of professional learning organisation Semann & Slattery; and then a joint interview with Charlene Smith from the Mitchell Institute; consultant and President of ECA Victorian Branch Catharine Hydon; and the author of the Lifting Our Game Report Professor Deb Brennan.

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#69 Early Childhood: Realising the Potential (Part 1)

This week is the first of two episodes with interviews from speakers at the Victorian Government's Realising the Potential Early Childhood Forum that was held on Friday June 8. This week, Lisa speaks with Simon Kent from the Victorian Education Department, Joce Nutall from ACECQA and the Australian Catholic University, and consultant, trainer, writer and researcher Anne Kennedy.

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