Academic journal article Australian Journal of Early Childhood


Academic journal article Australian Journal of Early Childhood


Article excerpt

When reading the articles for this edition of AJEC, I was reminded about the theme for Children's Week: A Caring World Shares. The contributions to this edition of the journal certainly embrace this theme. Early childhood educators/carers are committed to caring, sharing and 'making a difference' in assisting children to realise their individual potential.

Many readers of the journal would have participated in the range of activities offered in Children's Week, which is an annual event celebrated in the last week of October in Australia. Significantly, 2004 marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Universal Children's Day. In 1954, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Universal Children's Day to promote friendship and understanding--highlighting the needs of children and their families. Universal Children's Day continues to be the focus for celebrations in Children's Week. Events and activities are organised at national, state and local levels to focus on children--their needs, interests, rights and achievements within the context of family, the community and the world.

The concepts outlined by the authors in this AJEC reflect those values promoted by the United Nations General Assembly and will 'make a difference' in fostering our understanding, growth and knowledge base of early childhood policies and practices.

The article by Townsend-Cross describes Indigenous childhood education, providing a personal account of life experiences and research into the concepts of respect, identity, and the goal of becoming the 'related individual' to family, community and environment.

Prochner provides an interesting historical view of the common and the unique experiences regarding indigenous early childhood education in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Prochner states that to 'make a difference' for indigenous children, their families and communities, it is essential that early childhood education in these settings is of high quality.

Ardzejewska and Coutts describe the innovative Reggio Emilia philosophy in early childhood settings. They suggest that, for any innovation to be successful, teachers need to be committed, share a deep understanding of the philosophy and make the connection with issues related to the change process prior to the implementation of any new philosophy. …

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