Research Around the World

I chose the Early Childhood Australia website (ECA) to research on. I found that the Australians have the same concerns about early childhood issues that the U.S. has.

According to their website, “Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is the national peak early childhood advocacy organization, acting in the interests of young children, their families and those in the early childhood sector. ECA advocates for quality in education and care as well as social justice and equity for children from birth to eight years”.

  • The ECA is concerned about the training that early childhood educators receive and has submitted a paper on the operation, regulation and funding of private vocational education and training (VET) providers to the Senate Education and Employment References Committee.  In a nutshell, this submission was to ensure that the early childhood training among others was appropriately regulated to ensure quality of education and care provided to children.  The quality of training providers was important because they impact the graduates, services and ultimately children.
  • The ECA also works on the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). “RAP functions as a platform of values and principles from which ECA as an organization can help advance reconciliation  our communities, and provide leadership and support to the early childhood education and care professionals it represents”(ECA,2015). The reconciliation acknowledges the fact that the Aborigines and the Torres Strait Islander peoples are the original inhabitants of the country and that their cultures should be respected.

This website has links to recent publications, parent resources and an educational hub that shows the webinars, and learning resources for educators.

What surprised me was the Australian commitment to ensuring that the building of relationships between the Aborigines and the Torres Strait Islander peoples as they viewed this “as central to their national identity and wellbeing” (ECA, 2015). They figured that starting these relationships in the early years would have positive outcomes. The open acknowledgement of racism is interesting.

I found this website interesting and the issues similar to the ones we face in the U.S.

Reference

http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au

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5 thoughts on “Research Around the World

  1. Teresa Motley says:

    Fidelis,
    Australia is definitely concerned about young children and their well-being. The ECA works hard to ensure young children are learning. The ECA website was full of great information. Many of the topics reminded me of topics here in the U.S. They have great publications on just about any early childhood topic. Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. Betsy Vassallo says:

    Thank you, Fidelis, for your informative post about Early Childhood Australia. I also found a strong focus on the early childhood practices of indigenous peoples on the Early Childhood Development Virtual University [ECDVU] Sub-Saharan Africa [SSA] website that I explored this week. It is interesting that both websites included references to work with indigenous peoples. I believe this is an important topic in international research and a very interesting one as well.

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  3. It is great to read that the ECA recognizes that to take the lead in early childhood advocacy you have to invest in professional development for well trained, quality educators. Valuing and respecting the history of their native people is a strong sign of leadership as well. Dealing with issues of diversity can be challenging and addressing them creates avenues of communication. I did appreciate their section on parent resources, especially with their focus on healthy nutrition and activity.

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  4. It’s good to have organization that help advocate the benefits of our children. I’m considering joining the EECERA, I like their mission and goals. I enjoyed reading your post.

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  5. Neketha Polley says:

    Fidelis,
    I enjoyed reading your post. I learned a lot from me. ECA was my first choice to review but, the site keep crashing on me so I chose to review EECERA.
    I think both sites offer a lot of information about the various situations that other children and families experience around the world. This international research also gives me a better appreciation for the things in my life that I might sometimes take for granted.
    Neketha

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