The Early Education Show

The Early Education Show

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Lisa, Leanne and Liam discuss the policy and politics of young children and early learning in Australia each week.
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Apr 18 • 3 min
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#99 Educator Wellbeing Project Stakeholder Roundtable
Apr 17 • 47 min
This week Liam gets an update on the Early Childhood Educator Wellbeing Project (ECEWP) we covered earlier in the year. Liam speaks to Tamara Cumming, one of the researchers leading the Project; Leisa Wright, Centre Director at Harrison Early Childhood…
#98 Ethically operating a for-profit ECEC service (with Tamika Hicks)
Apr 11 • 58 min
This week we chat with Tamika Hicks, the Manager of Cardinia Lakes Early Learning Centre, a standalone service in Victoria. Tamika is an advocate and activist with a focus on quality - how does she approach balancing ethical approaches to early education…
#97 Budget 2019 and early childhood education
Apr 2 • 40 min
Lisa and Liam quickly scour the budget papers (and Twitter), before giving our immediate reactions to the Federal Government’s Budget for 2019/20. Then, in anticipation that we were probably not going to like this Budget, Lisa dazzles us all with her…
#96 Design and implementation of the Child Care Package
Mar 21 • 59 min
This week Lisa and Liam have a brief chat about this weekend’s NSW Election, before tackling the Australian National Audit Office’s review of the design and implementation of the Government’s Child Care Package. We speak to four people in the sector to…
#95 Engaging with social justice in early education services (with Dr Red Ruby Scarlet)
Mar 14 • 60 min
This week Lisa and Liam chat with activist, artist and researcher Dr Red Ruby Scarlet about why services who work with young children should engage with issues of social justice. Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.
#94 Imagination, play and the Conceptual Playworld (with Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer)
Mar 7 • 54 min
This week we are joined by Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer, who discusses her work as the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow and developer of the Conceptual PlayLab, an evidence-based model of intentional teaching for early childhood and…
#93 Excellence in School Age Care (with Forrest Out of School Hours Care)
Feb 28 • 65 min
This week Liam chats with Ali Sewter, Kylie Keane and Carl Kroon from Forrest Out of School Hours Care about their recent achievement of receiving the Excellent rating from ACECQA; and Leanne brings us her reflections from Day 2 of the recent AJEC…
#92 Early Childhood Teachers and the National Quality Framework
Feb 21 • 61 min
This week Lisa, Leanne and Liam discuss recent advocacy around the numbers of Early Childhood Teachers required in NSW early education services. Leanne also provides a summary of her time at the recent AJEC Conference. Find the full shownotes at…
#91 What are the early education advocacy battles of 2019?
Feb 14 • 51 min
This week, Lisa and Liam take a look at all the different advocacy campaigns and battles that are happening in 2019 in the early education sector. Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com Element 2.1.3: Healthy lifestyle now available on…
#90 Early Childhood Educator Wellbeing Project (with Sandie Wong, Tamara Cumming and Helen Logan)
Feb 7 • 47 min
In our first episode of 2019, Liam chats with Associate Professor Sandie Wong, Dr Tamara Cumming and Dr Helen Logan about the Early Childhood Educator Wellbeing Project. The Project takes an holistic approach to examine the psychological and physiological…
Bonus Episode #8: Exploring the NQS
Jan 10 • 16 min
We’re back with full episodes on February 8, but this bonus episode gives listeners access to the first episode of our supporter-only series “Exploring the NQS”. This weekly series features Liam looking at the National Quality Standard, once a week, one…
#89 2018 Year in Review / Q&A
Dec 20, 2018 • 74 min
For the third year running we present our end-of-year episode! We provide an overview of the big moments from 2018, make some predictions for what might be to come in 2019, and the answer a few listener questions. Thanks to everyone who’s stuck with us…
Bonus Episode #7: December news round-up
Dec 17, 2018 • 22 min
There’s been a flurry of ECEC news in December, and we didn’t want to wait until February to chat about it. Get up to speed with our quick bonus episode!
#88 From Working Towards to Exceeding (with Wendy Mackay and Anna Whitty)
Nov 29, 2018 • 64 min
For our last regular episode of the year, we turn the microphone over to two early childhood education leaders. Anna Whitty (Executive Director, Northside Children’s Services) speaks with Wendy Mackay (Centre Director of Harrison Early Childhood Centre)…
#87 Saving Alstonville Community Preschool (with Katherine Buckley)
Nov 22, 2018 • 49 min
This week Lisa and Liam talk about community management of early education services with the ex-President of Alstonville Community Preschool Katherine Buckley. Katherine talks to us about the challenges in saving Alstonville from funding challenges, how…
#86 Developing and reviewing policies in early education services
Nov 15, 2018 • 49 min
This week we tackle one of the most exciting and thrilling topics in early education - service policies and procedures! We discuss why they’re actually important, how you can approach them and why they’re great resources for you and the work you do. Find…
#85 Why are early education environments all looking the same? (with Professor Deborah Harcourt)
Nov 8, 2018 • 48 min
Lisa, Leanne and Liam are joined this week by Professor Deborah Harcourt to discuss the growing trend of early education environments all having similar looks. Where has this trend come from, and what does it mean for children and educators? Find the full…
#84 Cultivating capabilities in early childhood education (with Charlene Smith)
Nov 1, 2018 • 53 min
This week Lisa and Liam chat with Charlene Smith from the Mitchell Institute about their new report The Capable Country, which calls for rapid government action to boost capabilities across all stages of learning. Find the full shownotes at…
#83 After the Apology: What services need to do to keep children safe
Oct 25, 2018 • 50 min
Earlier this week, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologised on behalf of the nation for failing and abandoning the thousands of survivors of institutional child sex abuse. The Apology came after the Royal Commission conducted a years-long…
#82 Labor’s new early education policies (with Amanda Rishworth and Megan O’Connell)
Oct 18, 2018 • 37 min
Lisa and Leanne are taking an extra (well-deserved) week off, so Liam takes a look at the Labor Party’s recent early education policy announcements regarding three-year-old preschool and free TAFE places. He chats about Labor’s new policies with the…
#81 Being an Approved Provider (with Jenni Hutchins, CEO of Big Fat Smile)
Sep 27, 2018 • 44 min
This week we briefly discuss the Labor Party’s plans to crackdown on freebies and giveaways to families to get more enrolments, before chatting with CEO of Big Fat Smile Jenni Hutchins. As CEO of an organisation with more than over 40 children’s services,…
#80 How do I lead and improve excellence in early learning? (from the Realising the Potential Conference)
Sep 20, 2018 • 59 min
This week, we’re bringing you the third of a series of conference presentations from the Victorian Government’s Realising the Potential Conference. The presentations this week all fall under the theme of “How do I lead and improve excellence in early…
#79 Encouraging and supporting positive parenting (from the Realising the Potential Conference)
Sep 13, 2018 • 59 min
This week, we’re bringing you the second in a series of conference presentations from the Victorian Government’s Realising the Potential Conference. The presentations this week all fall under the theme of “Encouraging and supporting positive parenting”…
#78 Being an Agent of Change (from the Realising the Potential Conference)
Sep 6, 2018 • 63 min
This week, we’re bringing you the first of a series of conference presentations from the Victorian Government’s Realising the Potential Conference. This session covered the importance of creating a more coherent and connected early childhood system and…
#77 Goodbye Simon Birmingham, Hello Dan Tehan
Aug 30, 2018 • 38 min
It’s been a while since we got rid of a Prime Minister, so the Liberal Party went a bit mad and now we have to get used to saying the words “Scott Morrison, Prime Minister” and not feeling ill. We chat about that, then reflect on the legacy of outgoing…
#76 Being a Baby, Belonging and Becoming (with Mia Mia Child and Family Centre)
Aug 23, 2018 • 52 min
This week features an interview with Meredith Chan and Karen Fong from Mia Mia Child and Family Centre, talking about the history and philosophy of that historic service and their approaches to infants and young children. Find the full shownotes at…
#75 The use of rich language with young children in ECEC settings (with Associate Professor Sheila Degotardi)
Aug 16, 2018 • 43 min
This week we reflect on the passing of early childhood artist, author and educator Ursula Kolbe; then we chat with Associate Professor Sheila Degotardi about her recent research on the quality and quantity of language being used in ECEC settings with…
#74 How is the sector supporting services rated Working Towards?
Aug 9, 2018 • 46 min
This week we have a chat about recent media on the lack of Federal Government funding for four-year-old preschool after 2020, and then discuss how Governments are supporting the sector to improve quality ratings.
#73 The biggest social justice issue facing early childhood education (LIVE from the SJIEC Conference)
Aug 2, 2018 • 34 min
It’s a very special episode this week: a recording of our first ever live episode from the Social Justice in Early Childhood Conference held at Redfern NSW on Saturday July 28. We discuss why we think the biggest social justice issue facing the early…
#72 The challenges of “flexible childcare”
Jul 26, 2018 • 39 min
This week Lisa, Leanne and Liam take a look at the history and challenges of trying to make the ECEC sector more “flexible”. We discuss 24-hour centres, the big 2013 flexibility trials and what we think might happen with the new Child Care Subsidy system.…
Bonus Episode #6: Interview with Kim King, Yenu Allowah Aboriginal Child and Family Centre
Jul 12, 2018 • 26 min
To mark NAIDOC Week, Leanne has a chat with Kim King, the Acting Chairperson of Yenu Allowah Aboriginal Child and Family Centre. Kim shares her story about establishing the integrated service, and its future.
#71 The first week of the Child Care Subsidy
Jul 5, 2018 • 34 min
This week, Lisa and Liam take a look at the first week of the Child Care Package - what’s made the news and what’s been the experience for services and families. Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.
#70 Early Childhood: Realising the Potential (Part 2)
Jun 21, 2018 • 42 min
This week it’s the second part of our coverage of the Realising the Potential Early Childhood Forum that was held on Friday June 8. We hear Lisa’s interviews with Andrew Hume, the CEO of Gowrie Victoria; Anthony Semann, presenter, researcher and head of…
#69 Early Childhood: Realising the Potential (Part 1)
Jun 14, 2018 • 47 min
This week is the first of two episodes with interviews from speakers at the Victorian Government’s Realising the Potential Early Childhood Forum that was held on Friday June 8. This week, Lisa speaks with Simon Kent from the Victorian Education…
#68 Are we ready for the new Child Care Package? (with Karl Hessian)
Jun 7, 2018 • 40 min
Friend of the podcast Karl Hessian joins us (before being defeated by technical difficulties!) to discuss how ready the sector, and the community, is for the new Child Care Package. Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.
#67 NQF challenges in Western Australia and the Northern Territory (with Tina Holtom, CEO of Child Australia)
May 31, 2018 • 40 min
We take a quick look at some sector resources for National Reconciliation Week, before taking a look at the challenges faced by the early education sector in Western Australia and the Northern Territory with Child Australia CEO Tina Holtom. Find the full…
#66 What would a Labor Government do with early education policy?
May 17, 2018 • 49 min
After taking another look at the Federal Government’s decision last week to cease funding the National Quality Agenda, we then cross the aisle to take a look at the Labor Party. What would early education policy look like if Labor won the next election?…
#65 Budget 2018 and early childhood education
May 10, 2018 • 32 min
Lisa and Liam break down this week’s Federal Budget and what it means for early childhood education. Mostly by complaining about it. Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.
#64 RTOs and the educator workforce
May 3, 2018 • 56 min
This week we discuss a new “skills forecast” developed for RTOs providing children’s services qualifications, and how it fits into the broader picture about the educator workforce in Australia right now. Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.…
#63 Interview with Megan Mitchell, National Children’s Commissioner
Apr 12, 2018 • 44 min
This week we have an interview with Megan Mitchell, the inaugural National Children’s Commissioner. Commissioner Mitchell discusses why a Children’s Commissioner is so important, the successes and areas of improvement for Australia in relation to…
#62 The role of the Educational Leader (with Doreen Blyth, Educational Leaders Association)
Apr 5, 2018 • 57 min
This week Liam has a chat about the role of the Educational Leader with Doreen Blyth, part of the fantastic Educational Leaders Association. Doreen discusses how the Association brings leaders from across Australia together, how educators can think about…
#61 Voices from the Big Walk Off
Mar 28, 2018 • 38 min
Lisa and Liam take to the streets this week, as we hear from a range of educators who joined the Big Steps Big Walk Off on Tuesday March 27 at rally events in NSW and the ACT.
#60 Big Steps Big Walk Off (with Bettina Moltke)
Mar 22, 2018 • 37 min
Next Tuesday (March 27), United Voice will be organising walk-off actions for early childhood educators. Lisa and Liam are joined by United Voice NSW organiser Bettina Moltke to discuss why educators should be walking off the job, how important it is to…
#59 Does it matter how early education services are marketed?
Mar 15, 2018 • 47 min
This week Lisa and Liam take a look at how some early education services market themselves, and provide some particularly… “interesting” examples. They then look ahead to what the marketing ideas of tomorrow could be! (We had a few technical issues with…
#58 Should early education services celebrate International Women’s Day?
Mar 8, 2018 • 57 min
Yesterday marked International Women’s Day for 2018, so we spend some time thinking about whether this event should be celebrated and acknowledged in early education services - and with children. We also include some chats that Leanne had with a fabulous…
#57 ARACY Report Card: The wellbeing of young Australians
Mar 1, 2018 • 49 min
We welcome Leanne back to the show after a few weeks off, tackle a new segment in #NewsChat (hashtag required), and then chat with Kate Sollis from ARACY about their recently released Report Card on Australia’s performance in a range of indicators for…
#56 Men in early childhood education
Feb 22, 2018 • 47 min
With men only accounting for 3-4% of the early childhood educator workforce, the experiences of males in the sector has always been a topic of discussion. This week Lisa and Liam break down an article Liam wrote explaining why he won’t be getting involved…
#55 The Equal Remuneration Case (with Verena Heron)
Feb 15, 2018 • 34 min
With Leanne once again travelling the world, Lisa and Liam are joined this week by Verena Heron from the Independent Education Union. Verena talks us through the IEU’s Equal Remuneration Case with Fair Work Australia. Find the full shownotes at…
#54 Lifting Our Game (with Professor Deb Brennan)
Feb 8, 2018 • 55 min
We’re back with our first episode 2018, and we’re tackling the fantastic new early childhood education report Lifting Our Game. Leanne and Lisa speak with one of the authors, and long-time early childhood policy expert, Professor Deb Brennan. Find the…
Bonus Episode #5: Fair Work Throws Out Pay Equity Case
Feb 6, 2018 • 18 min
AEU Vice President for Early Childhood Martel Menz joins Liam McNicholas for a quick chat about today’s decision by the full bench of Fair Work Australia to throw out the long-running Pay Equity Case. Early Childhood Teachers Victoria Facebook Group
#53 2017 Year in Review / Q&A
Dec 21, 2017 • 71 min
It’s our last episode of 2017, so we’re taking a look back at a tumultuous year for early childhood education. After a quick round of predictions for 2018, we then take a few questions from listeners. Thanks to all our listeners who have stuck with us…
#52 Are families the “customers” of early childhood education?
Nov 16, 2017 • 41 min
This week, we have a quick chat about the now-released Minister’s and Secretary’s Rules for the new Child Care Package due to start in July 2018, before having a longer discussion about who are the “customers” of early childhood education. Is it families,…
#51 Interview with Amanda Rishworth MP, Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development
Nov 2, 2017 • 43 min
Leanne and Lisa have a chat with the (very) new Federal Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development Amanda Rishworth MP, who has just taken on the role from Kate Ellis. Amanda talks about her priorities in the role and her concerns about…
#50 Early Learning Everyone Benefits - Children’s Week Event at Parliament House
Oct 26, 2017 • 55 min
This week, we bring you the presentations and some guest interviews from the Children’s Week event and morning tea hosted by Early Learning Everyone Benefits at Parliament House. Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.
#49 National Children’s Week 2017
Oct 19, 2017 • 33 min
Lisa and Liam fly solo again (Leanne will return we promise!) and chat about this year’s National Children’s Week. The theme this year is about education being focused on developing children as individuals, and we discuss how services could use this…
#48 Are greedy developers and landlords gouging families?
Oct 12, 2017 • 28 min
Another short episode this week, as Lisa and Liam discuss Lisa’s article published this week on ABC News about how profit-seeking landlords are one of the big, undiscussed factors behind rising prices for early education and care. Click here to read the…
#47 Interview with Sarah Baray, CEO of Pre-K 4 SA
Sep 28, 2017 • 20 min
Liam has a chat with Sarah Baray, the CEO of Pre-K 4 SA - an innovative and groundbreaking early education program from San Antonio in Texas. Sarah discusses the challenges of securing funding for children’s programs, and how it can lift children out of…
#46 Flying squads and the “look of quality” (with Dr. Deborah Harcourt)
Sep 21, 2017 • 59 min
This week Lisa and Liam are joined by Dr. Deborah Harcourt to discuss her recent article on approaches to quality in early childhood education and care settings, as well as her own fortnightly podcast on early education. Find the full shownotes at…
#45 State of Early Learning in Australia 2017 (with Sam Page, Early Childhood Australia CEO)
Sep 14, 2017 • 57 min
Early Learning Everyone Benefits spokesperson and Early Childhood Australia CEO Sam Page joins Lisa and Liam for a discussion about the State of Early Learning in Australia 2017 Report released this week. Episode Times 02’40” State of Early Learning…
#44 Child Protection Week
Sep 7, 2017 • 53 min
This week, Lisa and Liam talk about National Child Protection Week and how well early childhood education services and organisations are performing in their child protection roles. 01’08” Newslist18’23” Child Protection Week48’49” Recommendations51’19”…
#43 Children’s rights and the media
Aug 31, 2017 • 54 min
Early childhood educators, services and advocates exploring issues of inclusion and social justice have been getting a lot of negative attention in the media recently, mostly from the conservative newspapers. Why are some media outlets to outraged by…
#42 Children’s Book Week
Aug 24, 2017 • 57 min
It’s Children’s Book Week, so Leanne and Liam talk about the importance of literacy and reading in the early years, before sharing their favourite children’s authors and providing a book recommendation each for early education professionals. 02’39”…
#41 Getting ready for the Jobs for Families reforms (with Karl Hessian)
Aug 17, 2017 • 69 min
This week, Lisa has a chat over the phone with our resident expert on all things tricky and complex with early childhood legislation, Karl Hessian. Karl lets us know what he thinks all services should be doing before the reform package takes effect in…
#40 Interview with Kate Washington, NSW Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education
Aug 10, 2017 • 72 min
This week we bring you an interview Leanne conducted with Kate Washington MP, NSW Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education. They discuss Labor’s policy positions on early childhood education, current issues with funding of early education in NSW and…
#39 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
Aug 3, 2017 • 63 min
This week, Liam talks with Sharron Williams - the Board Chairperson of SNAICC and CEO of Aboriginal Family Support Services - about National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. This annual event is the largest national day to celebrate…
#38 Community-based management and the NQF
Jul 27, 2017 • 55 min
We’re all big supporters of not-for-profit provision of early childhood education, but how has community-based management changed after the introduction of the National Quality Framework - and why is it a good model for ECEC? Find the full shownotes at…
#37 The New NQS Part 2 - Children’s health and safety
Jul 20, 2017 • 74 min
The gang’s all back together as Lisa, Leanne and Liam bring you the second of our seven planned episodes on the new revised National Quality Standard. This episode we look at Quality Area 2: Children’s Health and Safety. Find the full shownotes at…
#36 Trauma-Informed Practice: Educators’ Stories
Jul 13, 2017 • 105 min
This week, we’re bringing you a follow-up to our last regular episode which focused on trauma-informed practice. This episode features psychologist Beth Macgregor speaking with three educators from Northside Community Service in the ACT on their work with…
Bonus Episode #4: Leanne at the Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards
Jun 29, 2017 • 12 min
Leanne brings us some chats with a few of the winners from the recent Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards (in-between bouts on the dance floor).
#35 Trauma-Informed Practice (with Beth Macgregor)
Jun 22, 2017 • 62 min
This week Liam has a chat with Beth Macgregor, a psychologist with a focus on young children who has worked with a range of early childhood settings. Beth talks about how working with a trauma-informed background can help all children, and how educators…
#34 Interview with Sarah Mitchell, NSW Minister for Early Childhood Education
Jun 15, 2017 • 57 min
Leanne has a chat with Sarah Mitchell MLC, NSW Minister for Early Childhood Education, discussing the NSW Government’s Start Strong funding and the importance of early education. Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.
#33 Labor’s early education consultation: an audio submission
Jun 8, 2017 • 66 min
Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education Kate Ellis has launched a national consultation on policy reform for Australia’s early education and care sector. This episode we go through the discussion paper question-by-question and create our own audio…
#32 Quality ratings in Preschool and LDC
Jun 1, 2017 • 54 min
It’s Leanne’s turn to take a break this week, so Lisa and Liam take you through a discussion on the data on quality ratings in “Long Day Care” and Preschool settings. Why is there such a stark difference, and what does the data mean for the sector’s…
#31 National Reconciliation Week (with Alex Shain)
May 25, 2017 • 63 min
Tomorrow marks the start of National Reconciliation Week, so we chat with Alex Shain from Reconciliation Australia about their work in promoting reconciliation, the Narragunnawali platform for early childhood education and why educators and leaders should…
#30 The New NQS Part 1 - Educational program and practice (with Rhonda Livingstone)
May 18, 2017 • 62 min
Leanne and Liam are flying without Lisa again this week, but are joined by National Educational Leader for ACECQA Rhonda Livingstone for this first in our series of seven episodes on the revised National Quality Standard. More episodes tackling each of…
#29 The National Partnership Agreement (Eurovision Remix)
May 11, 2017 • 64 min
We’re donning our sparkly costumes, organising huge props and light shows and tackling Australia’s National Partnership for Early Childhood Education. Why is it structured the way it is, why is funding always uncertain and does it work for children and…
#28 An educator’s place is in the resistance (with Martel Menz)
May 4, 2017 • 64 min
Lisa couldn’t join us this week, so instead Leanne and Liam have a chat with the wonderful Martel Menz about unions, campaigns and educators. What is the role of unions in supporting professional recognition of the work educators do, and should educators…
#27 The business of early childhood education
Apr 27, 2017 • 59 min
We’re back after a bit of a break to tackle the challenges, tensions and implications of early childhood education run in a business context. What are the biggest issues that emerge when trying to work ethically with young children while operating as a…
#26 “One child in detention is too many”
Apr 6, 2017 • 65 min
You’re all getting a break from hearing Leanne, Lisa and Liam this week! Instead we bring you a presentation from Niru Palanivel and Zoe Grant from the fantastic advocacy organisation ChilOut to the NSW Chapter of OMEP on the current situation for…
#25 JFF: WTF?
Mar 30, 2017 • 49 min
We’re all still a bit shocked that the Jobs for Families package is now legislated, and vulnerable children will be those who are the biggest losers in these “reforms”. So what do you do when you get bad news? You talk it over with your friends. So this…
#24 Interview with Kate Ellis MP, Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development
Mar 23, 2017 • 46 min
After some shared commiserations on the likelihood of the Jobs for Families reforms becoming law this week, we go to an interview Liam conducted at Parliament House with Labor’s Early Education Shadow Minister Kate Ellis MP. Kate was incredibly generous…
#23 Farewell Kate Ellis
Mar 16, 2017 • 62 min
With Kate Ellis leaving politics at the next election, we take some time to reflect on her legacy in the policy and politics of Australian early childhood education. Find all the shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com
#22 International Women’s Day
Mar 9, 2017 • 64 min
We are women (and a bloke), hear us roar! This episode we’re discussing women, feminism and gender and how it relates to early childhood education in Australia. Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.
#21 The National Quality Agenda Review
Mar 2, 2017 • 63 min
We run down the news of the week, before tackling the recently announced changes to the National Quality Framework. You can find ACECQA’s summary of the changes here. Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.
#20 Professor Frank Oberklaid Interview (Part 2)
Feb 23, 2017 • 65 min
We take a quick look at some of the news of the last week, before heading back for the second half of Liam’s interview with Professor Frank Oberklaid. Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.
#19 Professor Frank Oberklaid Interview (Part 1)
Feb 16, 2017 • 52 min
We catch up on the recent news, including the ongoing insanity of the Jobs for Families package, before turning over to Part 1 of an interview Liam conducted with Professor Frank Oberklaid. Catch Part 2 in next week’s episode. Find the full shownotes at…
#18 The return of the Jobs for Families package
Feb 9, 2017 • 66 min
The Government has tried to force through its controversial early childhood education reforms this week - with a lot of other things attached to it. We tackle this new attempt to reform the sector, and what it means for advocacy. Find the full shownotes…
Bonus Episode #3: Interview with Jenny Mikakos, Victorian Minister for Families and Children
Feb 5, 2017 • 14 min
Liam chats with Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Families and Children in the Victorian Government and discuss the Jobs for Families Package and the National Partnership Agreement for Early Education. Links Jenny Mikakos WebsiteJenny Mikakos on TwitterPetition…
#17 So, what did we miss?
Feb 2, 2017 • 52 min
So there was a fair bit of early childhood news during our break! We spend a catch-up episode going over all the big news, including: ECEC fees continue to riseThe NQF Review should be out soonACECQA has a new CEONSW has a new Early Childhood MinisterA…
#16 2016 Year In Review / Q&A
Dec 15, 2016 • 67 min
We’re back for the last regular episode of 2016, with: A look back at the key events of the year A quick peek ahead to 2017 The answers to some listener’s questions. Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.
#15 STEM in early childhood / Sibylle Seidler Interview
Dec 8, 2016 • 57 min
This week we’re focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) in early childhood education. How does it fit with the current early years curriculum and programs, and how can we support children’s skills in these areas? Thanks to Sibylle…
#14 The rise of corporate early education (with guest host Karl Hessian)
Dec 1, 2016 • 65 min
Lisa, Leanne and Liam return with special guest Karl Hessian to discuss the history, complexity and risks of corporate early childhood education provision in Australia. Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.
#13 In charge of early childhood for a day / The quality ratings system
Nov 24, 2016 • 64 min
We’re back with some more discussion on the policy and politics of early education in Australia. This week: What would we do if we were put in charge of early childhood education for a day? Is the quality ratings system under threat? Find the full…
#12 Talking politics with young children / Our favourite research
Nov 17, 2016 • 68 min
We’re back with another packed episode! This week on the agenda: Should we talk politics with young children in early education centres, and if so - how? We each share one of our favourite bits of research with each other A quick chat about AGM season,…
Bonus Episode #2: The divisions in our early childhood politics
Nov 13, 2016 • 10 min
A quick “deleted scene” from our last episode which ran a bit long (even for us). We have a bit of a chat about some of the stark divisions in how we talk about early childhood as a society.
#11 Politics 101 / Chris Steel Interview
Nov 10, 2016 • 69 min
We’re back, with an episode focused on engaging with politics, including an interview with recently elected ACT MLA Chris Steel. Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.
#10 Early education in the USA / Extending funded preschool to 3-year-olds
Nov 3, 2016 • 62 min
Lisa, Leanne and Liam return to your ears once again to discuss: The state of early childhood politics in the United States as we prepare for either President Clinton (yay!) or President Trump (oh dear God no!!!) next week The likelihood of Australia…
#9 Children’s Rights in Australia and early childhood education
Oct 27, 2016 • 64 min
Lisa, Leanne and Liam are back again to discuss how well Australia is doing in upholding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and how well we engage with rights in the early childhood sector. You’ll also hear Leanne interviewing…
#8 Does language matter? / Kate Ellis at the National Press Club
Oct 20, 2016 • 66 min
Lisa, Leanne and Liam are back again to discuss: How do the words and language we use around early childhood education make a difference? Then we hear from Liam and some special guests on Kate Ellis’s address to the National Press Club, including…
#7 Family Day Care “rorting” / Budget Based Funded Services
Oct 13, 2016 • 57 min
Lisa, Leanne and Liam are back again to discuss: The recent flurry of media on systemic “rorting” in the Family Day Care sector The future of Budget Based Funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services under planned Government policy. Find the full…
BONUS - ECA Conference Update #3
Oct 8, 2016 • 12 min
Lisa brings us her third and final update from Early Childhood Australia’s 2016 National Conference. This time, we’re hearing from two of the attendees on their thoughts on the Conference, and what they’ll be taking back to their services. Find the full…
BONUS - ECA Conference Update #2
Oct 7, 2016 • 31 min
We’re back for another bonus episode at the Early Childhood Australia National Conference. Lisa has three great interviews for you today with: Dr Red Ruby Scarlet, Tonia Goddard and ECA CEO Sam Page. Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.
BONUS - ECA Conference Update #1
Oct 6, 2016 • 11 min
Intrepid Early Education Show reporter Lisa Bryant is at the Early Childhood Australia 2016 National Conference. This special mini episode has some great interviews with National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell and Geraldine Atkinson from SNAICC.…
#6 Push-down curriculum / Professional identity
Sep 29, 2016 • 48 min
Lisa, Leanne and Liam are back again to discuss: Examples of “push-down” curriculum, where school-readiness programs are becoming more prevalent in the Birth - 5 space. (The article that got us thinking about this is here.) The thorny issue of…
#5 NSW early education funding / OECD Education at a Glance Report 2016
Sep 22, 2016 • 60 min
Lisa, Leanne and Liam are back again to discuss: The recent announcement by the NSW Government regarding funding of early childhood education (an article from the Sydney Morning Herald on this can be found here, the NSW Government press release is here…
#4 The National Evidence Base Draft Report / How do we innovate while being regulated?
Sep 15, 2016 • 53 min
Lisa, Leanne and Liam are back again to discuss: The release of the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report into the National Evidence Base (you can get a summary of the key findings and recommendations here); and Innovation in early childhood - what are…
#3 Australia Vs. The World in ECEC provision / Where to now for educators?
Sep 8, 2016 • 49 min
Lisa, Leanne and Liam are back again to discuss: Why Australia’s performance in the provision of early childhood education is so poor when compared to other countries (check out the Growing Strong IV report from the OECD for a very in-depth look at the…
#2 The Early Years Workforce Strategy / Apps and products for sharing documentation
Sep 1, 2016 • 35 min
Lisa, Leanne and Liam are back again - and we’ve updated our name to better reflect our chats! This week, we discuss: The end of the Early Years Workforce Strategy, how it has worked (or not worked) and what we’d like to see replace it; and The rise of…
Bonus Episode #1: What’s in a name?
Aug 26, 2016 • 13 min
A special bonus episode! Lisa, Liam and Leanne discuss where Oz Early Ed came from - both the podcast and the hashtag. Follow us on Twitter! @EarlyEduShow Lisa is @LisaJBryant Liam is @LiamMcNicholas Leanne is @LeanneMGibbs3
#1 Early education in the new parliament / Children in detention
Aug 25, 2016 • 32 min
Lisa and Liam kick off the podcast with a discussion on the new make-up of the Parliament and the likelihood of policy movement for early learning; and the shameful detention of children on Nauru. Find the full shownotes at earlyeducationshow.com.