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Mantilla, Ana; Edwards, Susan – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
This paper reports on a systematic review of the literature conducted to inform Early Childhood Australia (ECA) in the development of a national Statement on Young Children and Digital Technologies. The review examines empirical studies published between 2012 and 2017 identified through systematic screening to advise adults on appropriate digital…
Descriptors: Young Children, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Video Games
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Armstrong, Lauren – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2019
Change is not a new concept in the Australian early childhood sector. However, the rate of change has significantly increased throughout the last decade, specifically with the introduction of the curriculum and quality frameworks, changes to regulations, and subsequent reviews (some particularly affecting the Victorian long day care sector). The…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Child Care, Educational Quality
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Davis, Elise; Corr, Lara; Ummer-Christian, Rahila; Gilson, Kim-Michelle; Waters, Elizabeth; Mihalopoulos, Cathrine; Marshall, Bernie; Cook, Kay; Herman, Helen; Mackinnon, Andrew; Harrsion, Linda; Sims, Margaret – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
This paper presents baseline data from Thrive, a capacity-building program for family day care educators. Educators completed a self-report survey assessing knowledge and confidence in promoting children's social and emotional wellbeing. An in-home observation was used to assess care quality. Twenty-four educators responded to the survey (40 per…
Descriptors: Child Care, Caregiver Attitudes, Well Being, Emotional Problems
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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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Sumsion, Jennifer; Grieshaber, Sue; McArdle, Felicity; Shield, Paul – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
This article provides an overview of the Education Meets Play study that will investigate early childhood educators' use of play-based learning, now mandatory under the "National Quality Standard". By building on what can be gleaned about educators' approaches to play-based learning prior to the implementation of the "Early Years…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Foreign Countries, Play, Classroom Techniques
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Duncan, Judith; One, Sarah Te – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
Over a two-year teacher-researcher project in New Zealand we used a mosaic of research methods (Clark, 2010) to capture the perspectives of staff, parents and children. As a team of teachers and academic researchers, we recorded and documented reconceptualised pedagogical practices that included active adult participation in a cluster of early…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Child Care Centers, Child Care
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Logan, Helen; Press, Frances; Sumsion, Jennifer – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Quality in early childhood development was barely mentioned in government policy four decades ago. But this has changed. Using discourses and gazes as analytical tools, and by examining the recent past (1972-2009), this article traces how and why "quality" has become a key component of the current Council of Australian Governments'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Public Policy, Young Children
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Harris, Nonie; Tinning, Beth – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
This article explores parents' and carers' experiences of accessing quality long day care in northern regional Australia. The data was gathered in 2009, after the collapse of ABC Developmental Learning Centres (herein referred to as ABC Learning) and before the implementation of the "National Quality Framework," and provides a snapshot…
Descriptors: Child Care, Foreign Countries, Economic Factors, Geographic Regions
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Sims; Margaret; Saggers, Sherry; Frances, Katie – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Child care for indigenous children provides an important site for early health and wellbeing interventions, and smooths the transition to school. It is demonstrably protective for children vulnerable to abuse and neglect. Furthermore, employment in child care and/or having access to child care in order to take up other employment provides a…
Descriptors: Employment, Child Care, Foreign Countries, Community Involvement
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Davis, Elspeth; Eivers, Areana; Thorpe, Karen – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Evidence concerning the impact of child care on child development suggests that higher-quality environments, particularly those that are more responsive, predict more favourable social and behavioural outcomes. However, the extent of this effect is not as great as might be expected. Impacts on child outcomes are, at best, modest. One recent…
Descriptors: Child Care, Child Development, Evidence, Caregivers
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Davis, Elise; Freeman, Ramona; Doherty, Gillian; Karlsson, Malene; Everiss, Liz; Couch, Jane; Foote, Lyn; Murray, Patricia; Modigliani, Kathy; Owen, Sue; Griffin, Sue; Friendly, Martha; McDonald, Grace; Bohanna, India; Corr, Lara; Smyth, Lisa; Morkeseth, Elisabeth Ianke; Morreaunet, Sissel; Ogi, Mari; Fukukawa, Sumi; Hinke-Rahnau, Jutta – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Despite emerging evidence of the contributors to high-quality family day care, a comprehensive comparison of international family day care systems has not been undertaken. The aim of this paper is to compare regulated family day care (FDC) in Australia, Canada, England and Wales, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, and the USA,…
Descriptors: Quality Assurance, Child Care, Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education
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Bohanna, India; Davis, Elise; Corr, Lara; Priest, Naomi; Tan, Huong – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012
Family Day Care (FDC) is a distinctive form of child care chosen by many Australian families. However, there appears to be little empirical research on FDC conducted in Australia. The aim of this study was to systematically review the recent published literature on FDC research in Australia, assess its quality, and identify pertinent topics for…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Well Being, Child Care, Foreign Countries
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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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Tannock, Michelle – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
This research investigated the rough-and-tumble play of 17 five-year-old children in two early childhood settings. The study resulted in an increased understanding of the forms of rough-and-tumble play displayed by young children. This study demonstrates that both boys and girls are engaged in a variety of rough-and-tumble play behaviours.…
Descriptors: Play, Young Children, Gender Differences, Child Development
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Williamson, Lara; Davis, Elise; Priest, Naomi; Harrison, Linda – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
Introduction: Although the family day care workforce has changed over the past decade in response to evolving childcare regulations and accreditation requirements, there is little research on family day care educators in Australia. The aim of this study was to describe characteristics of Australian family day care educators, including their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, At Risk Students, Student Diversity, Special Needs Students
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