Early Childhood Education and Care News
July 21, 2020
Welcome, this week paediatric speech pathologists Tania Kelly and Janice Zee, directors of Little Birdie Books describe the important role of language in supporting thinking and learning in early childhood. Also, ACECQA’s five priority areas for ensuring sustained quality improvement.
The power of language for thinking and learning
Language is key

Critical thinking happens when children draw on their existing knowledge and experiences to solve problems, predict outcomes, form opinions, compare scenarios, express emotions, project thoughts, evaluate ideas and think creatively.

The ability to use language to think and learn is developed throughout the preschool years (3-5 year olds) and is fundamental to the development of literacy and success at school. Pace et al. (2018) confirmed that "a child's level of language skills before entering school predicts their success in both math and in reading, and even has an effect on social skills development."

The article was written by paediatric speech-language pathologists Tania Kelly and Janice Zee who are the directors of Little Birdie Books. Little Birdie products combine the power or picture books and play to build language and literacy among preschoolers.

Keep reading for your chance to win a Little Birdie book pack for your early childhood service:
5 Priority Areas for Sustained Quality Improvement
ACECQA recently published findings from a Quality improvement research project, undertaken during 2019, which focused on the characteristics of long day care services that had successfully improved their overall quality rating at reassessment.

The research, conducted by Macquarie University in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology and Edith Cowan University, paid particular attention to quality gains in Quality Area 1 – Educational program and practice and Quality Area 7 – Governance and leadership of the National Quality Standard (NQS).

According to ACECQA the study found that genuine and sustained quality improvement is a shared responsibility, with approved providers, service leaders, educational leaders, teachers and educators all playing an important role.
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