#107 Advocacy is everybody's job (LIVE from the SJIEC Conference)

This episode, it’s a special live edition of the podcast recorded at the Social Justice in Early Education Conference. We discuss what public policies and what practices in our sector are infringing on the capacity of all Australian children to access high quality early education and care this year? And what can we do as practitioners and advocates to further our cause?

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#106 Are we too child-centred? (with Dr Tamara Cumming)

The National Quality Framework, at its most fundamental level, is about positive outcomes for children in their learning and wellbeing. It sets the standard for quality, and raises the bar for the provision of children’s services in Australia. But the people who are expected to deliver this reform for Australia, educators, are paid low wages, work in shifts, and often aren’t recognised as professionals. Is it time to ask - are we too child-centred in our work, and what does that mean for educators?

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#105 Documentation and planning in a digital world (with Melanie Elderton)

Quality Area 1 - educational program and practice - is the Quality Area of the National Quality Standard that is most likely to be rated Working Towards. The sector is still working through the new requirements of the NQF, and what they mean for educators and children. In a world that is embracing more and more software and technology, what does documentation and planning mean in a digital world?

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#104 Engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives (with Jessica Staines)

Valuing Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures is one of the guiding principles of the National Quality Framework. However, engaging with Indigenous perspectives can be a daunting prospect for many services. Why is it so important for educators and services to understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being? Where can they start? And what does the work in the first five years mean for broader advocacy? This episode, we're joined by Jessica Staines from the Koori Curriculum to tackle these big questions.

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Bonus Episode #11: Rort Alert!

The bonuses keep on comin’… Lisa and Liam really wanted to talk through the recent media reports on a $5 million fraud operation in the Family Day Care sector, so we called friend of the podcast Karl and talked through this bizarre story.

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#99 Educator Wellbeing Project Stakeholder Roundtable

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.

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#97 Budget 2019 and early childhood education

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.

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#96 Design and implementation of the Child Care Package

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.

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