Advocacy has been at the heart of ECA’s work since 1938, including consistently promoting the importance of quality and advocating on behalf of young children and families. In this Every Child edition’s guest statement, ECA’s CEO Samantha Page writes about how ECA’s advocacy work permeates everything that we do, from publications, professional learning and research, through to sector development and events.
ECA’s National President, Ros Cornish, talks about advocacy in action, with an example of how recent advocacy by the ECA Tasmania Branch positively influenced and changed the government proposal to lower the school starting age.
In other articles, Wendy Shepherd challenges us to consider how children may be witnesses to family violence, and our role in supporting children to understand gender equity; and Jessica Brown reminds us not to underestimate children’s capacities in understanding and responding to issues of social justice.
The following articles are also included in this issue:
- When the market doesn’t deliver
- Phonics in an early years literacy program—getting the balance right
- Dance-play as a language of children
- Continuous improvement in early childhood education and care settings: Transforming practice through integrating leadership and evidence-based strategies
- Embedding culture into teaching and learning in Galiwin’ku Families as First Teachers playgroup
- Planning for long-term professional development
- STREAM—Nature Pedagogy and Outdoor Makerspaces at Carlingford West
- Vale Emeritus Professor Collette Tayler
- Being an exceptional self
- Choosing books for children—it matters!
- Digital policy statement.