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Why Child Care is NOT a Substitute for Motherhood

Or How Does Early Education Get Some Respect?! In her recent article for the New York Times, Why the U.S. Has Long Resisted Universal Child Care, Claire Cain Miller discusses motherhood and professional child care as if they are equivalent. … Read More

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Your QIP Process, Only Simpler – in Educa

Reduce inspection stress, focus on a higher rating The evidence is in Educa, now your QIP process documentation can be there too! Educa has added a number of templates to support your QIP process, from working together on reflections and … Read More

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Learning Stories as Authentic Assessment

The case for using stories to document a child’s learning journey Learning stories are documentation “for,” not documentation “of.” Dr. Annie White Traditional assessment is documentation “of” — reflections on a child in checkpoint format. By contrast, learning stories are … Read More

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Innovative Intermediate – The Fergusson Philosophy

A Culture of Inclusion and Rising to the Challenge Interviewed: Simon Kenny (Principal) and Andrew de Wit (Teacher). Our curriculum is based around our “rise” values – we expect all our kids to rise to the challenge. Those values are … Read More

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Making Everyday ECE Routines Into Extraordinary Rituals

Everyday early childhood routines are a gold mine for finding rituals. That allows you and your staff to make a “psychological shift that impacts your attitudes and reactions.” Toni Christie Early childhood expert, Toni Christie, Childspace Early Childhood Institute based … Read More

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Tips For Using Video in Your Early Learning Service

Ideas for using produced videos This year, about 80% of content people view online will be video, says the authoritative US Inc magazine. You are probably using videos in your learning stories or in your communications with parents as way … Read More

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Tom Drummond on Connecting to Children in ECE

An Amazing Trove Of Materials To Support Improved Teaching Practice The course material is there. Just take it. Let’s make the world a better place. Tom Drummond Tom Drummond is an emeritus professor in early education, based in Seattle. We … Read More

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Using Images For Authentic Assessment In Stories

Using Images For Authentic Assessment Photographs as well as learning stories that capture learning through photographs or video recordings are ‘authentic assessment’. – Marilyn Rice As an early childhood educator, do you occasionally wonder if the images you share are … Read More

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Announcing Our New Online Form Builder

Less Paper, More Collaboration, Efficiency & Sharing of Best Practice While Educa is a robust documentation platform, we know there’s still a lot of paper at your centre. Our just-released, multi-faceted Forms builder addresses this need. It aims to significantly … Read More

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Making Your ECE Service Philosophy Authentic and Real

Bringing Your Guiding Principles To Life “A statement that connects for your team requires conversation, collaboration and critical reflection.” Kelly Goodsir Your service philosophy is on the wall in the entrance foyer, it’s in the newsletter, on the website, and … Read More

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