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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

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

    Which children’s books should every early education service have?

    Which children’s books should every early education service have?

    While there is no limit to the kinds of resources and materials that can be used to support the learning of young children, it’s hard to argue that the most important of all is books. The research is clear that immersing children in pre-literacy experiences such as reading with a trusted adult has dramatically positive impacts for them throughout their lives. It’s been a heavy year for the early education sector, so we’re going with a lighter look at children’s books and ask - which children’s books should every early education service have?
    We also take a look at the recent Budget announcements from the Federal Government, and the Federal Opposition’s early education reform plans.
    Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.

    • 57 min
    Should early education services be supporting families?

    Should early education services be supporting families?

    Australia’s early education sector is about children’s learning and wellbeing in the first five years. Educators and teachers have qualifications and training that are focused on children’s education. Yet, the sector also plays a largely unofficial role in supporting families. This could be as simple as providing resources on parenting, to much larger and more complex roles with families that are particularly struggling. But we know that the sector, and those that work in it, aren’t even given enough support to do the job they’re qualified for. This episode, we’re going to ask the question - should early education services even be supporting families?
    Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.

    • 56 min
    Is social media good or bad for ECEC?

    Is social media good or bad for ECEC?

    Social media users in Australia are some of the most active in the world. 60% of the country are active users of Facebook, with 50% of the population logging on at least once a day. In Australia, there are 16 million Facebook users per month, 15.5 million YouTube users, 9 million Instagram users and 5.8 million Twitter users. With such widespread usage it is not surprising that the use of social media in the education and care sector is huge. But is the sector’s use of social media a force for good or not?
    We thought it was time we explored the positives and negatives of social media use in the sector. 
    Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    What's happening in Victoria? Part 2

    What's happening in Victoria? Part 2

    A few weeks ago, we discussed the worsening COVID-19 situation in Victoria and how it was affecting services, children, families and professionals. Soon after we released that episode - things became even more intense. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews declared a State of Disaster, and announced Australia’s toughest lockdown. Melbourne has effectively shut down, and early education services have once again faced a whole new world of policies and funding.
     
    Given these changes, we wanted to come back to Victoria and see what this new situation means for the sector there. We’re joined by Sarah Riches (CEO of ECIA VIC/TAS) and Sarah Louise (Associate at Semann & Slattery).
     
    Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    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

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