This issue provides an array of articles to spark professional reflection for early childhood professionals. Dame Quentin Bryce talks about her involvement in child care over the years and advocating for the value of quality early learning. Subsequently, Judy Radich describes how early learning settings amplify children’s natural development and provides valuable learning tips for different stages of development.
Dr Kathryn Mannion and Ben Walker share their story of how Families as First Teachers started working with the Abecedarian Approach Australia with an Aboriginal community in Far North Queensland. Associate Professor Linda Newman explains the complex relationship between ethics and the law in early childhood settings while Jackie Brien discusses the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and what this means for children and early childhood services.
In other articles, Pam Linke delves into toilet talk while early childhood educators and directors share their thoughts on toilet use and privacy in early learning settings. Jessica Brown shares the story of the Bader Center for Therapy Management in Jordan, which assists Syrian refugee women and children injured in the war. Linda Savage describes the work of the Valuing Children Initiative and the meaning and importance of valuing children in Australia.
The following articles are also included in this issue:
- How do we support the inclusion of CALD children with disabilities into our services?
- The technology conversation
- Putting the local Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data into practice
- Our history, our story, our future: Reconciliation Symposium 2016
- Growing a growth mindset through the use of outdoor spaces
- Building skills, building inclusion for Queensland
- Learning and living in the twenty-first century
- Our journey of space at UnitingCare Jack and Jill Preschool
- Professional relationships with families
- Reflecting on Reconciliation
- Banking book knowledge
- Bird watching with young children.