Early Childhood
Education and Care News
May 21, 2019
Welcome, this week we get up close and personal with HEI, the Finnish approach to early childhood education taking the world by storm. Also, all you need to know about the National Principles of Child Safe Organisations.
What Australia can learn from the Finnish HEI System
The education systems in Nordic countries have been in the global spotlight for a number of years, with Finland consistently seen as a world leader with its progressive approach to education. Children start school at the age of seven and aren't subject to standardised tests where the focus is on nurturing and child welfare.

As a result, Helsinki International Schools (HEI) was formed to bring the successful Finnish model to other parts of the world. Along with China, South Korea and Finland, Australia is the latest country to embrace this innovative education style, with a HEI school opening in Melbourne recently and a second centre in development.

What is it exactly that makes the HEI approach so unique and effective, and how can we adopt similar systems in our early learning services?
National Principles for Child Safe Organisations
In a huge step towards ensuring the safety of all Australian children, the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations were recently endorsed by members of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) including Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the state and territory First Ministers.

Developed to provide a nationally consistent approach to creating organisational cultures that foster child safety and wellbeing, the National Principles have made it easier for carers to identify and respond effectively to signs of abuse, among other things. Training resources and practical tools are also available to help educators implement the National Principles, and teach carers and parents about child safe organisations.
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