the importance of belonging

The Importance of Belonging

Let’s talk about the importance of belonging for those working in early childhood education.  A strong predictor of high-quality childcare is that childcare providers belong to a supportive network, whether formal or informal. This sense of belonging translates into higher...

/ October 29, 2019
power in action

Power in Action

“Power…can be intriguing, because power can be surprisingly complex. It can be enticing because power can be seductive. But it can inspire and uplift and exalt because power can be used to help people accomplish marvellous things.” – Blaine Lee,...

/ October 29, 2019

Leadership – Communicating Your Message

Leadership – Communicating Your Message “I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!” – Anonymous Leaders have a responsibility to communicate...

/ October 29, 2019

Leadership – Learning to Listen

“It seems rather incongruous that in a society of super-sophisticated communication, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners.” – Erica Jong Listening effectively starts first with an attitude – an attitude of genuine interest in understanding what another person...

/ October 29, 2019
Creating a personal approach

Leadership – Creating a Personal Approach

Leadership – Creating a Personal Approach Leadership is ultimately a choice to act. When we conceive of leadership as action, many of the apparent conflicts and paradoxes found in a review of research, become resolved. The imperative then becomes to...

/ October 29, 2019
Leadership Ducks

Leadership in ECE

Learning About Leadership At a young age, we are encouraged to take on leadership roles in our family, at school, in the community and in sport. Without knowing it, many of us are already leaders in ways we may not...

/ October 29, 2019

The Power of the Question

The theme for the 2019 KU Annual Conference ‘The Power of the Question’ invites participants to consider the art of questioning to stimulate thinking and inquiry. This years conference keynote speaker is Alise Shafer Ivey.  Alise spent a few minutes telling...

/ October 11, 2019

Nurturing Authentic Connections at Journey Early Learning

We recently caught up with Journey Early Learning Quality and Compliance Manager, Mel Comerford from Astute Early Years Specialists to discuss Journey’s switch to using Storypark. With twelve learning services under the Journey Early Learning umbrella, Storypark is now the...

/ October 9, 2019

How to choose the right digital documentation platform for your early learning service

How to choose the right digital documentation platform for your early learning service “D” is for diligence. Early childhood educators are required to provide rich, meaningful information about learning and development to families, to the community and to each other,...

/ October 8, 2019

You do not fit the child into the theory

The word theory has its roots in ancient Greek, basically meaning a view, a notion or contemplation.  In the domain of early childhood education, theories are the overarching ideas that influence our pedagogical practices, and each theory or theorist has...

/ September 12, 2019