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Community Child Care Association’s blog for early childhood educators

Educator helping a child put on a super hero mask

Question: Is superhero play really OK? Sometimes it can be rough and the costumes can cause problems with toileting and overheating.

Answer: Yes, let’s support superhero play!

If we place children at the centre of our practice and focus on their individual interests, but then tell…

A child drawing with coloured pencils

Question: Is it worthwhile continuing with time-intensive documentation like portfolios next year?

Answer: It’s up to your team to reflect on whether portfolios are the best documentation method for your service.

There is no one way to document children’s learning. As educators, we should be using a range of…

Despondent looking educator at a desk flipping through a book

Question: I’m an educator confused about unpaid overtime. What is legal and what can my employer reasonably expect?

Answer: Check the award or agreement which applies in your workplace to find the circumstances which attract overtime rates of pay (or time in lieu).

Overtime is additional time worked after ordinary hours. For example, if your ordinary hours are 38…

Happy and engaged Educator being interviewed by another

Question: How can I find educators to recruit?

Answer: There are a range of both free and paid ways to search for educators.

As a starting point, here are some free ways to find new recruits and some paid options also.

Free ways to…

An educational leader sharing instructions with an educator

Question: How do educational leaders fulfil our weekly and monthly duties while we are having to spend so much time working with children?

Answer: Allocating set non-contact time is crucial for educational leaders.

It’s so important for educational leaders to have set non-contact time, agreed upon by you and your management team…

Child sitting with elbows on the table and head in hands with a discouraged expression

Question: Is it wrong to use time-outs? What can we do instead?

Answer: Try a time-in.

Time-outs are a behaviour management technique where a child is removed from play for a period of time. The…

Educator working at a desk with a hot drink and a laptop

Question: In a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP), what’s the difference between a strength and an exceeding theme?

Answer: A strength shows you have met the standard, while an exceeding theme shows you have gone above and beyond.

If you’re using the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) QIP template, there are…

School age children playimg a game outside

Question: Children in my room don’t want to play together because they are different genders. What can we do to encourage mixed-gender play?

Answer: Reflect on your own attitudes and thoughts around gender roles and inclusive play.

How do you program for children of different genders? How do you speak with them about their parents, friends,…