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Melbourne Disability Expo

Posted: 01 Jan 0001

The Melbourne Disability Expo is set to be the biggest and most anticipated Disability Event on the 2018 Calendar. The National Disability Insurance Scheme is now rolled out or being rolled out progressively across most of Victoria metro and regional areas. This means thousands of residents with disabilities from the greater Melbourne region have gained greater control over their lives and will be on the lookout for the most suitable services in their local area to meet their individual needs.
 
The Expo will offer a crucial opportunity:
  • for people with a disability to find out about the latest products, services, technology, aids and equipment
  • for product and service providers to connect with people with a disability, their families & carers
  • for service providers to build networks with other providers, organisations & agencies in the region
  • to bring together everyone in the Melbourne Disability sector, with the aim to enhance the lives of people with a disability
The Expo will involve:
  • FREE ENTRY registration
  • a variety of exhibiting service & product providers from the greater Melbourne regions
  • presentations & speakers from government disability agencies and service providers
  • tasty cafe & kids play area
  • a variety of live all-ability performances

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What outcomes parents should expect from early childhood education and care

Posted: 01 Jan 0001

What outcomes parents should expect from early childhood education and care

By the time children are five, they should show preference for a particular hand and be able to work with others. from www.shutterstock.com Wendy Boyd, Southern Cross University

Parents often have different expectations for their three- to five-year-old children when they attend an early learning centre. Some parents expect their child to engage in academic learning activities or “real learning”. Academic activities are associated with formal school-based learning such as writing, reading and knowing their numbers.

Parents are reported to feel concerned if they visit their friend’s home and see their friend’s child brings home worksheets (for example dot-to-dot of their name, colouring in of Easter eggs, or other adult-directed products) from their early childhood centre. They may worry their child is being left behind because their child is “only playing” and not engaging in real learning.

Other parents focus on their child being safe and secure in a stimulating environment where children make choices about what they will play. Such learning environments are supported by educators who are responsive to the child, and socially construct the child’s play.


Read more: Australia is still lagging on some aspects of early childhood education


The tension lies between teacher-directed activities where children are perceived to be doing “real learning”, as opposed to children making choices to play according to their interests.

So, what should three- to five-year-olds be learning?

Developmental milestones provided by the Australian Children’s Early Childhood Quality Authority (ACECQA) state:

Children’s learning is ongoing and each child will progress towards the outcomes in different and equally meaningful ways.

This milestones checklist covers five domains of learning, which is linked to the curriculum and the National Quality Standards:

  1. physical

  2. social

  3. emotional

  4. cognitive

  5. language development.

The checklist indicates what a child should be able to do by a certain age, and this is linked to the early childhood education curriculum.


Developmental milestones and the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standards, CC BY-ND


Research demonstrates children’s learning achievements are greater from play-based programs, which include activities such as block building, compared to early childhood programs that have an academic focus.

The early childhood education curriculum emphasises the importance of play-based learning and research demonstrates children’s learning achievements are greater from play-based programs compared to early childhood programs that have an academic focus.

When to worry

According to the developmental milestones, parents should seek advice from a professional if their three- to five-year-old child:

  • is not understood by others

  • has speech fluency problems or stammering

  • is not playing with other children

  • is not able to have a conversation

  • is not able to go to the toilet or wash him/herself.

Children aged three to five should be able to build a tower with eight to ten blocks. Shutterstock

Parent-teacher relationships are important

Educators need to be able to explain their approach to children’s learning to parents at the outset of the child/family’s admission to the centre and reinforce this as children learn and develop.

The curriculum and the National Quality Standards both focus on educators having “partnerships with families”. But if there is disagreement about what and how children should be learning, a partnership between the parents and teachers won’t develop and endure.


Read more: Play-based learning can set your child up for success at school and beyond


Parents need to be continuously informed about the learning program in the centre. There needs to be alignment between parents’ expectation of what their child will learn in an early childhood centre, with the learning program provided, and the play-based approach a good one for the children.The Conversation

Wendy Boyd, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Southern Cross University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Our McArthur Commercial staff save the day!

Posted: 01 Jan 0001

Have you got a tough recruitment assignment on your hands? We’re confident that we’re able to handle anything you throw at us with flying colours.

We’d like to share a bit of our work that we completed recently because our McArthur Pink Shirts made the 5pm Channel Ten news again!

When we first took the brief from TfNSW, one thing they emphasized was the importance of communication. They were looking for a team that was bilingual and could speak to commuters of different languages. A unique ask, but one that we felt we were certainly able to fulfill.

We took this one step further and created a team that comprised not just 2 languages, but a total of 39 languages.

Our consultants assembled 100 staff in 3 weeks to manage hundreds of transport queries per day. McArthur staff saved the day and have been keeping Sydney’s commuters on track over the past few weeks.

So, does your team have a recruitment assignment that you need help with? Our McArthur Commercial team are will complete the toughest of assignments and exceed your expectations.

Give our Commercial team a call about your next project at (02) 9277 7000.

You can check out the entire video report by Channel Ten here:

Not for Profit Conference Melbourne

Posted: 01 Jan 0001

The Not-For-Profit People Conference is Australia’s largest event focused on how to attract, manage, train and retain the best people for the NFP sector.

Over two days and twenty-nine inspiring sessions, join five hundred senior leaders and team leaders, HR professionals and board members, volunteer managers and CEOs to explore the NFP sector’s most pressing people issues:

Leadership | Managing people well | People and organisational strategy | Strengthening HR | Recruitment | Health and wellbeing

More information here