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Sumsion, Jennifer; Harrison, Linda; Letsch, Karen; Bradley, Benjamin Sylvester; Stapleton, Matthew – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
This article considers opportunities and risks arising from the prominence of the belonging motif in Australia's Early Years Learning Framework and, more implicitly, in the National Quality Standard, against which the quality of the early childhood education and care services is assessed. A vignette constructed from case study data generated in…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Quality Assurance
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Salamon, Andi; Sumsion, Jennifer; Harrison, Linda – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
Research about infants' capacity to communicate using cries, smiles and sophisticated emotional strategies to connect with adults in their lives has predominantly emerged from the field of developmental psychology, with relatively limited attention to how babies enact such communicative practices with key adults in naturalistic settings. This…
Descriptors: Infants, Early Childhood Education, Interpersonal Communication, Emotional Development
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Stratigos, Tina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
Belonging is emerging as an important concept for early childhood education and care. However, it is one that requires further theorisation beyond everyday or romanticised understandings. The politics of belonging provides a potentially productive focus for thinking about belonging in early childhood education and care because of its attention to…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Infants, Day Programs, Infant Care
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Stratigos, Tina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
Belonging is emerging as an important concept in contemporary early childhood curricula, and calls have recently been made for belonging to be critically interrogated and further theorized. This article explores how belonging was operating for an infant in Australian family day care by looking at an episode that took place between the infant, a…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Infants, Children, Child Care Centers
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Rouse, Liz – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2012
Family-centred practice has been included in the Victoria, Australia Early Years Learning and Development Framework as a key practice principle for professionals working across all early years programs in that state. While this model of partnership for engaging and collaborating with families has long been used in the early intervention sector,…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Early Childhood Education, Self Efficacy, Foreign Countries
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Agbenyega, Joseph S. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
Safe learning spaces allow children to explore their environment in an open and inquiring way, whereas unsafe spaces constrain, frustrate and disengage children from experiencing the fullness of their learning spaces. This study explores how children make sense of safe and unsafe learning spaces, and how this understanding affects the ways they…
Descriptors: Design Requirements, Classroom Design, Qualitative Research, Foreign Countries
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Giugni, Miriam – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
This article shares a story about an "activist" early childhood teacher encountering the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Specifically, it focuses on the overarching concepts of "belonging" and "becoming" through the EYLF's call for early childhood educators to engage with theory in their everyday practice. In…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Preschool Teachers
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Saltmarsh, Sue – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2010
Young children learn about safety from a variety of sources, including formal lessons and informal activities provided through early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. For many ECEC centres in Australia, scheduled visits from police and fire departments are a highlight of safety education activities. Such visits offer children the…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Early Childhood Education, Safety, Police
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Fasoli, Lyn; James, Ranu – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2007
This article identifies problems, issues and insights through critical reflection on the rules, written and unwritten, which encroach on the research process in the "Both Ways" project. The project investigates the development and sustainability of remote Aboriginal children's services in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Geographic Isolation, Child Care Centers
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Kilderry, Anna – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2006
This colloquium discusses recent trends where early childhood education and care has shifted from being a community service to that of big business. Years of neo-liberal reform have created market conditions favourable for large corporations to provide childcare within Australia. This situation raises some issues and concerns, particularly in…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Child Care, Child Care Centers
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Nupponen, Hanna – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2006
There has been minimal Australian research focused on leadership and management aspects of directors' work in centre-based child care to date. In Australia, practices in early education have been drawn largely from studies in other cultural contexts, particularly research undertaken in the United States. It is timely that Australian research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Leadership, Child Care, Child Care Centers