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Centre Support talks to many services across Australia and some educators are becoming angry about the NQS. It’s not hard to see why. In NSW a service was assessed and their teacher wasn’t recognised, even though the teacher had been a NSW public school kindergarten (first year of school) teacher for the past 30 years. Why was this a problem? The assessor went to teachers’ college … read more
Is it okay to use templates when documenting children’s learning? Yes!!! I am so sick of hearing rubbish like “you can’t get exceeding using a template” or “the program has to be in a scrapbook, or on a computer or IPad.” What a load of childcare whispers! We constantly use templates every day – think about the forms you fill in, the checklists you complete, the … read more
Is your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) based on a needs approach or a reflective/assessment approach? The introduction of the NQS has led quality improvement across the whole profession. Initially many of us had lots of issues to put in the QIP based on what we were not doing or the elements we weren’t meeting. We often completed our QIP around the ‘catastrophes’ at hand or our imminent … read more
Every service must have the policies required by the regulations but do they? And do the policies actually reflect what educators and staff do? Many educators will tell you they know what is in their policies, but often this is not the case. Do they really believe they know or are they just fibbing? We have regulations to make sure certain standards are achieved and maintained. … read more
What do you say to an assessor who says “show me how this links?” Read on to find out and to clear up the confusion! Several weeks ago Centre Support posted a blog about the “follow-on”. This is a concept that most would associate with our old developmentally appropriate program of the past. “Follow on” referred to the next logical or linear experience that educators would … read more
I hear over and over again from educators the confusion about what is planning and how we do this using the EYLF. In years gone past we would observe a rostered focus child to identify a need, then plan resources for that child to promote development toward that expected milestone -an expected measurement of a child’s physical development set by our Western society. So we were … read more
I was talking to an experienced director about pedagogy the other week and we spoke about the importance of the relationship in teaching children, following their lead and the opportunities for intentional teaching within the meaningful context of the children’s engagement. We spoke at length discussing how we documented the significant learning each day within the environment with reference to how we enacted the principles and practices … read more
“Childhood has become the battleground of the unreasonable.” Wow! I read that statement recently and it certainly got me thinking. What Professor Andrew Whitehouse meant, as he goes on to explain, is that so many activities, theories and practices around early childhood evoke a passionate response. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, except he believes in some cases that passion can override reason. I must admit … read more
How do you engage with babies and toddlers? Ever think about putting a baby in a bouncy seat which has an iPad attachment so they can watch videos or specially downloaded “apptivities”. What about toilet training children on an iPotty which has an iPad stand attached? Products like these are marketed as “educational”. However, parents and teachers who think these products are giving children a” head … read more
We often get questions from services about health and safety issues – for example, cleaning, storage, food and nutrition requirements and supervision. Services are worried that they may be breaching regulations, that there may be something they are failing to do or understand. This is understandable because the old regulations were often very prescriptive. However, while some aspects of the current regulations are quite detailed, like … read more
I’ve recently been watching some of Sir Ken Robinson’s videos. One of my favourite quotes is “teaching is a creative system, not a delivery system.” What does this mean in practice? Well, he makes the point that you can be busy going along educating children, engaged in the activity of teaching, but the children may not actually be learning anything.
Have you ever questioned what you have been told by educators from other services or what was written by an early childhood consultant? What happens if your assessment report contains information you think is outdated and not consistent with the NQS, the EYLF or the Regulations?
What do you do if a child at your Service has head lice (they’re the adult insects) or nits (eggs)? Staying Healthy Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services says there is no need to send the child home immediately head lice are detected, and that children can return to the Service the day after head lice are detected if they are being … read more
How many of the children at your service live in an apartment or townhouse with limited space outside for play and physical activity? Modern urban living often involves higher density housing with limited areas for children to actively explore their environment.