Playgroups, bug catchers and school readiness
23 September 16 by David Zarb, Chief Executive Officer, Playgroup WA (Inc)
Does attending playgroup increase school readiness? This article examines the benefits of playgroups while focusing on preserving childhood innocence and the freedom to explore.
A new mums view of ARACY
19 September 16 by Dr Rebecca Goodhue, Research Manager, ARACY
This article provides an insight on what it is like working at ARACY and a personal view on ARACY's mission in promoting child health and wellbeing from a new Mum!
Parent engagement – An approach
1 September 16 by Catherine Phillips, Regional Programs Manager, The Smith Family
This article examines the challenges that face schools in developing effective parent engagement strategies. It describes The Smith Family's strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents in the Northern Territory that shows positive outcomes.
Relationships are paramount: Indigenous children's transition
25 August 16 by Jacynta Krakouer, Australian Council for Educational Research
This article examines the value of relationships in supporting transition to school and is based on Jacynta's “Literature Review relating to the current context and discourse surrounding Indigenous Early Childhood Education, School Readiness and Transition Programs to Primary School”.
Working in integrated ways to support transitions to school
18 August 16
This article outlines an integrated services perspective on transition to formal schooling. As an integrated service The Infants' Home provides transition to school programs for children and families experiencing complex support needs, as well as children and families from mainstream backgrounds.
The role of NGO's in schools key to relationship building
1 August 16 by Prof Greer Johnson
The findings from a recent research and development project encouraging disadvantaged, middle-school girls to persist and achieve at school, has confirmed that the presence of an NGO in a school can play a key role in building trusting relationships between school, families and communities.
A Day in the life of…a Community Partnerships Officer
29 July 16 by Donna Sirmais, Cambridge Park Public School
We profile one of our Local Parent Engagement Champions, Donna Sirmais. Donna is a Community Partnerships Officer at Cambridge Park Public School, in NSW.
Launching ‘Learning in Families Together’ (LIFT) at Latrobe Primar
29 July 16 by Jo Rann, Latrobe Primary School
For the last 10 years of my teaching career my work has revolved extensively around families. My roles as Being a Parent (BAP) Program Facilitator; Family Partnership Training Facilitator; Launching into Learning teacher; and Child and Family Centre based educator have developed my capacity to build relationships with families and support community organisations. It is my experience that when time and resources are allocated and dedicated to supporting children in the context of their whole family and community, relationships have grown and family engagement has deepened.
Queensland’s Gentle Revolution in Parent Engagement
29 July 16 by Dr Debbie Pushor, University of Saskatchewan
What a privilege it was to be invited by the Federation of Parents & Friends Associations of Catholic Schools in Queensland to be keynote thought provoker at their 2016 Queensland Catholic Schools Parents Conference and then to travel throughout the State for the following two weeks to present to parents and educators in each diocese.
Transition to school
27 July 16 by Dr Yasmin Harman-Smith
Only six months ago, parents around the country experienced a raft of emotions associated with children starting school – some parents for the first time and others for the second, third or, courageously, forth, fifth or sixth time. I was among the hundreds of thousands of people taking a deep breath and holding it for what seemed like an eternity to hear all about the ‘first day’.