Early Childhood
Education and Care News
February 19, 2019
Welcome, this week three novel theories on play you may not have heard of and new research to support the integration of young children with autism into mainstream early childhood education and care settings. Plus take the Randstad Early Years Employer Survey. For your time Randstad will donate 50 cents to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
Child's play
Three theories you may not know
It's widely known that play is an important part of a child's learning and development, but when it comes to exactly how and why children play, the conclusions are vast and varied with many psychologists and philosophers over the centuries developing complex studies on the subject. As an early childhood educator, you might already be aware of some of these theories, but do you know them all?

To get you thinking, here's an overview of three not-so-common play theories you may not be across: Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Theory, Jean Piaget's Cognitive Development Theory, and Mildred Parten's Social Behaviour Theory.
Randstad Early Years Survey and are partnering with Randstad Education, who is conducting a series of salary surveys across the Early Childhood, Schools and Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) sectors, where our research will help employers understand what it takes to attract and retain employees throughout Australia.

Did you know that the Children Services sector is expected to also grow by 6.6 per cent in 2019, meaning the need for educators will increase? (Source 2018 IBIS World Report). Our research will reveal the ways in which employers can meet this demand by attracting the best talent.

In order to gather this research, we need your help completing one of the below surveys, which will only take three minutes of your time.

For every completed survey, Randstad Education will be donating 50 cents to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

Thank you for being part of our research and once available, we look forward to sharing it with you.

If you are an employee click the relevant link below to take the survey:

Early Years employee
OSHC employee

If you're an employer click the relevant link below to take the survey:

Early Years Employer Survey
OSHC Employer Survey
New Research
Integrating autistic children in mainstream care
There is a lot of awareness and interest in supporting autistic children to successfully assimilate into mainstream school alongside their non-autistic peers. However, given that more children are being diagnosed with autism at a much younger age (such as toddlers), experts believe the early childhood sector should also now be included in this area.

Exciting new research from La Trobe University in Melbourne, shows that with support, educators can effectively include and teach children on the spectrum in mainstream early childhood settings, something that would significantly help many families struggling to meet the financial and time commitments usually required to help their autistic child's development.
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