Every Child finishes off 2020 with a rich and diverse selection of contributions representing a wide cross-section of the early childhood sector, including a word on ‘reflecting and reframing’ from ECA National President Christine Legg and tips on self-care from Be You Executive Amelia Joyce.
On the scholarly side, we have Holland Banse, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama in the United States, with five strategies to support dual-language learners in early learning settings. And a team of researchers—Kim Beasy, Sherridan Emery, Di Nailon and Diana Boyd—reports on a University of Tasmania trial that found venues where young children spent time with elderly members of their community also proved to be good professional learning opportunities for early childhood educators.
In a more personal piece, educator Amy Barthet details a journey of self-reflection on the social responsibility to not only acknowledge the entrenched racism that exists all around us, but to actively oppose it and educate young children to do the same.
Our ‘perspectives’ are those of seven young children from Melbourne, captured earlier in the year while they experienced lockdown. Elsewhere, Californian Gully Kindergarten in rural Victoria invites readers on a photographic journey into a stimulating outdoor area with community connections. And we profile Emeritus Professor Ann Farrell, who says the recurring themes of her career are collaboration, curiosity and courage.
There are also articles on how positive psychology can influence early education, the value of Reconciliation Action Plans, supporting transitions to school in 2021, yoga for children, online safety and safe sleeping, along with the usual book reviews, puzzles and key dates for your calendar.