Not just wiping noses! How hard is it to be a childcare worker?

Senator David Leyonhjelm has angered the sector by questioning whether the job really needs qualifications, arguing the requirement is over-the-top and has only driven up costs. The senator said: “A lot of women — mostly women — used to look after kids in childcare centres. And then they brought in this national quality framework and they had to go and … Read More

Five ways kids can benefit from being outside this summer break

This paper by Shelby Gull Laird and Laura McFarland, published online in The Conversation, identifies benefits of outdoor play including reducing the risk of children becoming shortsighted, improving memory, boosting concentration and supporting general well-being. A great paper to share with colleagues and parents.  


The President and Members of the Council of the Association of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies request the pleasure of your company at the 2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Saturday 12 November 2016 12 noon at  Room 3.401, Faculty of Arts and Education (Building IC) Deakin University, Waurn Ponds (located near Car Park 3 / off Nicol Drive South) The meeting … Read More

Children’s Book Council of Australia – Victorian Judges Talk 25 July

For all Early Childhood/Primary/Secondary Educators, trainee teachers, librarians and parents Don’t miss this valuable professional development event. Enjoy finger food and great company Come and hear Jane Parsons, Victorian Judge for 2016 Children’s Book of the Year Awards speak about short listed and notable books. Monday 25th July 2016 4:30 – 6:30pm Charles La Trobe College, 235 Kingsbury Drive, Macleod … Read More

VICSEG – Cultural Competency Training

Culturally Competent Practice with Vulnerable Families Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th July 2016 Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th September 2016 Explore awareness, skills and knowledge of cultural competence with experienced trainers and cross-cultural facilitators Details Cultural Competency and Disability Training Full day Coburg: Tues 30 August 2016 9.30 am -4.00 pm OR Brimbank: Wed 28 September 2016 9.30 am -4.00 … Read More

Adopting ‘child led’ practices: How children can lead the way in engaging change. Domestic Violence Resource Centre

Two-day workshop Date:              Monday 29 & Tuesday 30 August Time:              9.30 to 4.30 Location:      CBD venue Cost:              $260 SHS funded; $630 non SHS funded Presented by Wendy Bunston and Tara Pavlidis This two day workshop explains how ‘child led’ interventions can create change in families which are stuck. This approach is used to enhance the delivery of group … Read More

Podcast: Responding to Challenging Behaviour: How to respond when children endanger themselves and others

The child demonstrates unpredictable, violent, destructive behaviour.  The child bites and/ or scratches staff and intimidates peers. Many professionals working with young children will be able to relate to the above scenario.Even when Early Childhood professionals have everything in place there can still be children who really struggle with social skills and ability to cooperate with adults and other children … Read More