Every Child,  Vol.20 No.3 2014—Transitions and collaborations

Starting school is a big step in the lives of children and their families. This issue of Every Child includes a selection of articles focusing on techniques and practices to assure a smooth transition to school. In the opening guest statement, patron of Early Childhood Australia His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), discusses the importance of supporting and protecting Australia’s most precious national asset—our children.
Sue Farmer and Carol Piper of Ballina Early Intervention explore effective transition programs for families and educators of children with a disability and what it means to get everyone ready for the first year of school. PhD student, Megan Adams, shares her experiences from the International Research in Early Childhood Education biennial conference held in Santiago, Chile, which focused on children’s rights to early education.
Fiona Mayne and Christine Howitt of the University of Western Australia examine the ethics of research in practice and discuss ideas around collaborative, respectful and reciprocal research conducted with children.

The following articles are also included in this issue:

  • What is advocacy?
  • ‘Buddies are fun and they look after you’: Peer support in the early years of school
  • A place where children and teachers are viewed as being capable
  • iPlay, iLearn, iGrow: Using iPads™ in a play-based kindergarten program
  • Words into action
  • Childhood nutrition and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
  • Give me a hand: Using puppets in your classroom
  • Changing direction: A professional journey towards early childhood education