In a fitting guest statement National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, talks about early childhood as an ideal setting for learning about rights and respect. Megan also introduces the Building Belonging toolkit to help early childhood educators teach respect for cultural diversity.
Melinda Miller discusses some of the perceived barriers for early childhood educators to engage with reconciliation work and some solutions to overcome these. Dr Fiona Mayne and Associate Professor Christine Howitt provide advice for respecting children’s rights in research projects and a report extract looks at early childhood education and care 25 years after the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In other articles: Dr Kate Williams looks at rhythm and movement as a way to help children self-regulate; Stacey Campbell talks about playing with phonics and teaching young children letters and sounds; Pam Linke explores the topic of children’s spirituality; and Early Childhood Australia introduces Australia’s participants in the Global Leaders for Young Children program.
The following articles are also included in this issue:
- Establishing cultural connections with your CALD children, families and educators
- Are some children at your service gifted?
- How a tablet found its way
- Breaking down the myths of our practice
- High expectations and equity of children: What does this mean and how does it look in practice?
- The importance of teaching social and emotional skills in early learning
- Routines in early childhood—what are they and why are they important?
- Just ask them! Empowering students to direct their own learning
- Exploring with twenty-first century skills
- Connecting to place
- Practical tips for top breastfeeding support in early childhood education and care
- Should discretionary foods be offered at early years services?
- State of early learning in Australia—quality snapshot
- What are Dreaming stories?