Every Child – Vol.20 No.4 2014 – Expertise and efficiency

The early childhood sector holds a wealth of knowledge about children’s development and ways of implementing best practice initiatives to support the best interests of young children. This issue of Every Child contains a selection of articles showcasing innovative programs and practices as well as giving new insights into research and frameworks. In the guest statement, Professor Frank Oberklaid shares some of the research findings from the FrameWorks Institute about how the Australian public thinks about early childhood development issues.

Prue Warrilow examines Australian Government initiatives from the past 20 years designed to make early childhood education and care services more affordable and what impact these have had on participation rates. Ann Pelo investigates what it means to embrace the intellectual project of education by joining children in their search to know rather than to learn.  Winner of the prestigious Barbara Creaser award, Christine Tayler, describes some of her experiences with introducing the Early Years Learning Framework in very remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities in far north Australia. Sue Elliott and Mary Jeavons look at how new Australian Standards documents will benefit children’s development.

The following articles are also included in this issue:

  • Partnerships: The key to successful transition to school
  • Strong foundations, successful futures
  • Edible Education
  • How does photography express children’s voice?
  • Screens have changed our policies will too
  • Are we there yet? Early education responding to the challenges of climate disruption and sustainability
  • Engaging the community to develop your outdoor environment
  • Plants in the lives of children