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Lisa, Leanne and Liam discuss the policy and politics of young children and early learning in Australia.

The Early Education Show Lisa, Leanne and Liam

    • Education
    • 4.8, 94 Ratings

Lisa, Leanne and Liam discuss the policy and politics of young children and early learning in Australia.

    Social justice and COVID-19

    Social justice and COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been described as a “spotlight” - shining a bright light and illuminating the existing inequalities in our societies. Early education is no exception. While services have been fighting to survive a complex maze of last-minute funding changes, the focus has had to be on funding and economics. But existing social justice concerns haven’t disappeared, and may in fact be getting worse.
    To discuss how COVID-19 has changed the landscape for social justice and the early education sector, Lisa, Leanne and Liam are joined by Dr Red Ruby Scarlet (activist, early childhood teacher-researcher, consultant, speaker, artist, academic, and Creative Director of Multiverse) and Stephen Gallen (early childhood consultant and Director of Cawongla Community Preschool).
    Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    What's happening in Victoria?

    What's happening in Victoria?

    After a first wave that affected the entire country in March and April, COVID-19 cases are now particularly affecting Victoria. The Melbourne area is in lockdown, and early education services are finding themselves back in a situation where they are having to balance health and safety, financial viability and an uncertain funding arrangement. While most of the sector is focusing on just transitioning back to the Child Care Subsidy, many Victorian services are facing a much tougher battle.
     
    Leanne and Liam are joined by Julie Price, the Executive Director of Community Child Care Victoria, and Tamika Hicks, the Director and owner of Cardinia Lakes Early Learning Centre.

    • 55 min
    Expert Insights from UOW Early Start

    Expert Insights from UOW Early Start

    Listen to three fantastic conversations that are part of University of Wollongong Early Start’s Expert Insight series, facilitated by Leanne Gibbs. The discussions include:
    Dr Gai Lindsay on children and the arts
    Associate Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett and Professor Marc de Rosnay on how to support children’s emotions when the world is changing
    Dr Lyn Cronin on school transitions during COVID-19.
     
    Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.

    • 51 min
    What does the history of advocacy for early education tell us about today? (with Eva Cox)

    What does the history of advocacy for early education tell us about today? (with Eva Cox)

    COVID-19’s impact on the early education sector has meant that we’ve been having advocacy conversations that we didn’t expect to be having in 2020. The Government implemented free early education - for a short time. Early childhood educators were seen as frontline workers - but not supported properly. Will this be a brief moment before we get back to normal, or have things changed for good? Australia has had lots of changes to our early education system before, thanks in no small part to advocates and feminists who pushed for fairer and more equitable policies and systems. What does that history tell us about what’s happening today?
    To discuss that question, Lisa and Liam are joined by one of Australia’s leading advocates for social reform - Eva Cox.
     
    Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.

    • 48 min
    Early education is “snapping back”. What does it mean for children, educators and families?

    Early education is “snapping back”. What does it mean for children, educators and families?

    The Federal Education Minister has announced that the Child Care Subsidy system will be back on Monday July 13, along with a number of other new measures. From the Government’s perspective, the economy is getting back to normal, and the early education sector is first cab off the rank for “snapping back”. But the Government’s planned transition is complex and will require an already-strained sector to once again adjust to significant changes. What does this all mean for children, educators and families?
    Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.

    • 54 min
    How do families and the sector work together for a better ECEC system?

    How do families and the sector work together for a better ECEC system?

    This episode, we’re bringing you the audio from an online Town Hall Meeting conducted by parent advocacy group The Parenthood on Tuesday the 26th of May. Lisa was invited to speak on the panel, alongside Danielle Wood, an economist from the Grattan Institute; Polly Dunning, a teacher and writer; and Jay Weatherill, the CEO of Thrive by Five.
     
    The event was hosted the Parenthood’s campaign director Georgie Dent, and tackled a variety of important questions - including how families have been affected by the funding changes to the sector, what free ECEC would mean for Australia, how educators and the sectors can be better valued, and what we all need to do to work together as advocates during this time.
     
    We’d like to thank The Parenthood and Georgie Dent for allowing us to re-broadcast this event - we think it’s great advocacy.
     
    Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

Sc.k ,

Informative, interesting and relevant

Thanks for having this available for us. It is funny, interesting and up to date.

Anne Fo ,

Love These Informative Sessions

Absolutely fantastic listening on various relatable topics from highly regarded early education experts. I tune in regularly to help me keep up to date and reliably informed.

Gai Lindsay ,

Time for reflection, resourcing and reflection

This is a most informative source of Australian early childhood sector analysis, commentary and sharp shooting advocacy. This podcast keeps me connected to practice and pedagogy and current sector politics now that I’ve moved from teaching and directing to academic life.

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