Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017 – ParlInfo

Extract from a Bills Digest by Don Arthur, Anna Dunkley, Michael Klapdor and Matthew Thomas Social Policy Section The Bills Digest at a glance The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017 (the Bill) passed the House of Representatives on 1 March 2017. The Bill contains 18 schedules across the Social Services, Education … [Read More] Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017 – ParlInfo

Early Childhood, Vocational Education and the Danger of History Repeating – The Mandarin

Extract from an article by Sarah Pilcher & Stacey Fox Market forces proved disastrous for the VET sector, but there is time to ensure similar changes to early childhood education and care sector do not cause a similar crisis. Researchers from the Mitchell Institute explore the lessons for the Commonwealth’s childcare plan. There have been some … [Read More] Early Childhood, Vocational Education and the Danger of History Repeating – The Mandarin

Childcare Providers’ Use of Practices to Promote Young Children’s Social-Emotional Competence – Infants & Young Children

ABSTRACT Findings are presented regarding childcare providers’ use of evidence-based strategies to promote preschoolers’ social–emotional competence in 38 urban childcare classrooms. Descriptive results from classroom observations and childcare teachers’ interviews indicated that in the absence of training, childcare teaching staff implemented few of these strategies. Teachers also reported a lack of infrastructure elements such as … [Read More] Childcare Providers’ Use of Practices to Promote Young Children’s Social-Emotional Competence – Infants & Young Children

Promoting Risk-taking and Physically Challenging Play in Australian Early Childhood Settings in a Changing Regulatory Environment – Journal of Early Childhood Research

ABSTRACT This article presents data from a survey of Early Childhood Education and Care services in Australia. The study investigated outdoor play provision in terms of space, resources and planning for risk-taking in play. Overall, the results indicate that the participating centres are well-resourced to promote physical play, but vary in terms of opportunities for … [Read More] Promoting Risk-taking and Physically Challenging Play in Australian Early Childhood Settings in a Changing Regulatory Environment – Journal of Early Childhood Research

Quality in Early Years Settings and Children’s School Achievement – Centre for Economic Perfrmance

ABSTRACT Childcare quality is often thought to be important for influencing children’s subsequent attainment at school. The English Government regulates the quality of early education by setting minimum levels of qualifications for workers and grading settings based on a national Inspectorate (OfSTED). This paper uses administrative data on over two million children to relate performance … [Read More] Quality in Early Years Settings and Children’s School Achievement – Centre for Economic Perfrmance

Brotherhood Update e-newsletter- Research & Policy Centre

Brotherhood Update October 2016: New social exclusion data – Private training providers – Refugee businesswomen – Regulations in dementia care – and more … Newly published data about the extent and patterns of social exclusion in Australia leads this Update. The enews also signals collaborative research about how private training providers cater for the needs of young people who … [Read More] Brotherhood Update e-newsletter- Research & Policy Centre

New issue: Children Australia – Cambridge Journals

Special Issue: Caring for Children Outside the Home – From Institutions to Nations, Children Australia , Volume 41, Issue 03, 2016. Editorial  / Katie Barclay, pp 165-167 Research Articles: Exiled Children: Care in English Convents in the 17th and 18th Centuries / Claire Walker, pp 168-177 Providing Care for Children: How Service Providers Define and Apply “Care” in Contemporary South … [Read More] New issue: Children Australia – Cambridge Journals

Generating Visionary Policy for Early Childhood Education and Care: Politicians’ and Early Childhood Sector Advocate/Activists’ Perspectives – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood

ABSTRACT This article contributes to the global conversation about generating a “vision” in early childhood education and care policy by reporting on an investigation of influences on politicians’ policy decisions in early childhood education and care in Australia. This article is inspired by the provocations of social and political theorists who question the status quo … [Read More] Generating Visionary Policy for Early Childhood Education and Care: Politicians’ and Early Childhood Sector Advocate/Activists’ Perspectives – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood

Achieving Stability for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children in Out-of-home Care – SNAICC

SNAICC (Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care) and many of its members have been watching with concern as, around the country, a range of processes are undertaken to progress longer-term care arrangements for children. They vary in detail but have been broadly described as permanency planning measures. Some of these proposals have already … [Read More] Achieving Stability for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children in Out-of-home Care – SNAICC

Education Versus Family: Institutional logics in the early care and education field – American Educational Research Journal

ABSTRACT Non-parental arrangements for young children serve a dual function as supports for parental activities and educational inputs for children. However, arrangements that are suited to meet families’ specific needs and preferences are sometimes in tension with experts’ definitions of “quality.” Researchers and policymakers increasingly emphasize that educational goals cannot be met until this tension … [Read More] Education Versus Family: Institutional logics in the early care and education field – American Educational Research Journal

How to Support Toddlers’ Autonomy: A qualitative study with child care educators – Early Education and Development

ABSTRACT Research Findings: The present study explored the concrete manifestations of autonomy support (AS) toward toddlers. Eight child care educators were interviewed. Based on our assessment, these educators all valued AS. A qualitative content analysis revealed 18 practices that this group of child care educators considered supportive of toddlers’ autonomy. The present findings are in … [Read More] How to Support Toddlers’ Autonomy: A qualitative study with child care educators – Early Education and Development

NEW Journal: Zero To Three: Early connections last a lifetime – Zero To Three Policy Center (US)

ZERO TO THREE Journal – For professionals who work with or have an interest in very young children and their families. Vol 36 No 6 Stories From Field 2016 <link rel=”stylesheet” media=”all” href=”https://zero-to-three-herokuapp-com.global.ssl.fastly.net/assets/all-4e7ab904d2f90b277fbc209189b7bf96c79fb4f63d4ccb6f5ea3788f10214f27.css” /> The annual “Stories From the Field” issue of the ZERO TO THREE Journal is a particular pleasure to create due to the window … [Read More] NEW Journal: Zero To Three: Early connections last a lifetime – Zero To Three Policy Center (US)

Impact of Child Care Arrangements on Australian Children’s Cognitive Outcome: Moderation effects of parental factors – Child & Family Social Work

ABSTRACT This study examines the effects of child care arrangements on children’s cognitive outcomes. It is a secondary analysis, using data on 5107 children born in 2004 and their families from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Data were collected in 2004 (Wave One), in 2006 (Wave Two) and in 2008 … [Read More] Impact of Child Care Arrangements on Australian Children’s Cognitive Outcome: Moderation effects of parental factors – Child & Family Social Work

WB – Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015 – Parliament of Australia

Extract from a paper by Michael Klapdor,  Social Policy Section The Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015 (the Bill) provides for the key legislative changes required to implement the Government’s Jobs for Families child care reform package. The package was a key 2015–16 Budget measure and is based on recommendations … [Read More] WB – Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015 – Parliament of Australia

Child Care Services, Socioeconomic Inequalities, and Academic Performance – Pediatrics

ABSTRACT Objective: To determine if child-care services (CCS) at a population level can reduce social inequalities in academic performance until early adolescence. Methods: A 12-year population-based prospective cohort study of families with a newborn (n = 1269). Two CCS variables were estimated: “intensity” (low, moderate, and high number of hours) and “center-based CCS type” (early … [Read More] Child Care Services, Socioeconomic Inequalities, and Academic Performance – Pediatrics

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