Blog

Welcome to our Blog. Here you will find resources, advice and updates from the Department of Education and other leading organisations. Please remember we’re always here to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

Setting early learners up for success at school

(Article by Dept of Education NSW) Transition to school initiatives and collaborative partnerships with children, families and schools are key for children embarking on their next stage of learning. Centre Director Emma Kentwell and her team are strong advocates for having dedicated transition to school programs for children. The team have seen the impact these [...]

The Importance of Making Children’s Thinking Visible

(Article by Early Childhood Australia) If we see learning as a consequence of thinking, then it is paramount that children have the opportunity and are supported to explore their ideas and thinking during the learning experience.  This allows children to then understand their own thinking process. Meaningful learning takes place when children are fully engaged [...]

Children’s wellbeing and literacy

(Article by Early Childhood Australia) Early childhood is an undeniably critical life stage. Decades of research and neuroscience supports this and the knowledge that quality early education and care (ECEC) programs are beneficial for children’s learning and development (OECD, 2017; Shonkoff, 2010). We also know that, alongside academics, we can (and should) be working towards [...]

Rethinking ‘School Readiness’

(Article by Early Childhood Australia) ‘School readiness’ programs are advertised across the nation, with some early learning services and preschools promising to provide children with literacy and numeracy skills for a head start in school. On social media, parents frantically seek recommendations on where to send their children to ‘get ready’ for school. Educators arm [...]

Growing minds – the importance of STEM in early childhood

(Article by Dept of Education NSW) Children demonstrate a natural curiosity to the world around them by experimenting and investigating across a range of learning areas. Learning is not compartmentalised into curriculum areas but woven into discovery and investigation. As children play and explore, there is a natural crossover between science, technology, engineering and mathematics [...]