Australian Journal of Early Childhood

Australian journal covering early child issues.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 1, March

It seems that there is always another review or inquiry producing recommendations co address matters of importance for children, families and communities; so much so that one might be forgiven for developing 'review fatigue' and/or 'inquiry anxiety'....
Read preview Overview
Enhancing Parent-Child Book Reading in a Disadvantaged Community
There is a growing consensus that appropriate early learning experiences can act as protective factors, with positive effects upon the cognitive and social development of children to allay serious educational and behaviour problems (Bishop & Leonard,...
Read preview Overview
From Whitlam to Economic Rationalism and Beyond: A Conceptual Framework for Political Activism in Children's Services
Introduction Last year marked the thirtieth anniversary of the dismissal of the Whitlam Labor Government (1972-75), a pivotal political event for many, now middle-aged, Australians like myself. It is perhaps not surprising, therefore, that this...
Read preview Overview
The Implementation of Families First NSW: Process Lessons from the First Four Years
Introduction This article analyses some of the key lessons from the process evaluation about how the NSW Government implemented the Families First strategy from 1999 to 2003. Implementing Families First is the joint responsibility of the NSW departments...
Read preview Overview
The Inclusion of Children with a Disability in Child Care: The Influence of Experience, Training and Attitudes of Childcare Staff
Introduction The enactment of Federal anti-discrimination legislation (Commonwealth of Australia, 1992) and changes in community attitudes towards disability have led to increased involvement of people with disabilities in numerous aspects of community...
Read preview Overview