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Cartmel, Jennifer; Grieshaber, Susan – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
School Age Care (SAC) services have existed in Australia for over 100 years but they have tended to take a back seat when compared with provision for school-aged children and those under school age using early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. Many SAC services are housed in shared premises and many children attending preparatory or…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Care, Educational Change, Standards
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Thomas, Louise – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
The early childhood sector has in recent times engaged in processes of professionalisation. The expectations associated with engagement in professional relationships is one element of such processes. Another element is an expectation of ethical practice. The paper considers how particular representations of relationships and representations of…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Ethics, Young Children, Professional Identity
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Callaghan, Georgia; Madelaine, Alison – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
The purpose of this paper is to consider the importance of intervening with early literacy instruction at the preschool level. Research has found phonological awareness skills in preschool to be one of the most robust predictors of early reading success in a child's first few years of formal schooling. The efficacy of phonological awareness…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Emergent Literacy, Preschool Education, Intervention
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Hay, Ian; Fielding-Barnsley, Ruth – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
This article supports the claim that there are strong interactive links between children's language development, cognitive reasoning and their success in school achievement. These links are best facilitated within a social learning framework where children's language and talk is encouraged, accepted and respected. This talk is the most authentic…
Descriptors: Socialization, Academic Achievement, Receptive Language, Language Acquisition
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Stamopoulos, Elizabeth – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Rapid changes in Australian education have intensified the role of early childhood leaders and led to unprecedented challenges. The Australian Curriculum (ACARA, 2011), mandated Australian "National Quality Framework" (NQF) for Early Childhood Education & Care (DEEWR, 2010b) and the "National Early Years Learning Framework"…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Leadership, Models, Educational Change
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Sanagavarapu, Prathyusha – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Food allergy impairs the health-related quality of life of both the affected children and their families. In particular, parents and children become anxious about the potential risks and consequences of food allergy, including disruptions in families' and children's social activities, the need for constant vigilance, children's safety, and the…
Descriptors: Allergy, Food, Young Children, Child Health
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Lim, Sirene; Hoo, Lum Chee – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
We introduce and reflect on "Images of Teaching", an ongoing web documentation research project on preschool teaching in Singapore. This paper discusses the project's purpose, methodological process, and our learning points as researchers who aim to contribute towards inquiry-based professional learning. The website offers a window into…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Video Technology, Reflection, Best Practices
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Browne, Graeme; Cashin, Andrew; Graham, Iain – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
When young children with behaviour and mental health disorders do not receive appropriate specialised support their problems can escalate over time. Their parents find the transition to and early years of schooling stressful and difficult. This paper argues that case management can be an effective strategy for this group of children. Although…
Descriptors: Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Behavior Disorders, Mental Disorders
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Colmer, Kaye; Rutherford, Lynne; Murphy, Pam – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Offering intensive parent support programs within an early childhood setting recognises that early childhood educators are uniquely placed to form highly supportive and ongoing relationships with children and their families as part of their everyday work. This feature of early childhood programs can be utilised to include educators as partners in…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Attachment Behavior, Family Programs
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Harrison, Cathie – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Early childhood education in Australia is currently undergoing a period of change and renewal. Times of change offer opportunities to revisit the perspectives of the past, to respond to current choices and challenges, and explore future opportunities within the national provision of early childhood care and education. Such opportunities also exist…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Educational Change
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Sandberg, Anette; Arlemalm-Hagser, Eva – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
In Sweden, early childhood education is unique in its combination of learning and play, care and fostering fundamental values. The aim of this article is to discuss and problematise current Swedish research from the early childhood education field with a focus on play and learning in relation to three fundamental values affirmed in the Swedish…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Early Childhood Education, Childrens Rights, Foreign Countries
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Te One, Sarah – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Recent research (Te One, 2009) investigated perceptions of children's rights in a New Zealand early childhood care and education service (the Creche) for under-two-year-olds. Focus group interviews, interviews with teachers, observational field notes, photographs and a researcher's journal were used to generate data. Findings revealed that…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Focus Groups, Childrens Rights, Interviews
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Yelland, Nicola – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
A decade ago I wrote an article entitled "Technology as play" in which I called for early childhood educators to rethink the way in which they regard play. This involved not only incorporating the notion of playing with new technologies but also critiqued the essence of what constituted play and the link with learning that was viewed…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Play, Young Children, Early Childhood Education
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Lee, Joon Sun; Ginsburg, Herbert P.; Preston, Michael D. – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2009
The most pressing need in early childhood mathematics education in the United States is to improve early childhood teacher preparation. A Web-based video system, "Video Interactions for Teaching and Learning (VITAL)", is a novel and effective approach for teacher preparation integrated into early childhood mathematics education courses. With…
Descriptors: Education Courses, Young Children, Video Equipment, Video Technology
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Lee, Joon Sun; Ginsburg, Herbert P. – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2009
In this article we discuss nine common misconceptions about learning and teaching mathematics for young children that are widespread among prospective and practicing early childhood teachers in the United States. These misconceptions include: 1. Young children are not ready for mathematics education; 2. Mathematics is for some bright kids with…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Mathematics Teachers
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