Academic journal article Australian Journal of Early Childhood

Research in Early Childhood Education and Health Is Well Represented in This Issue of Australian Journal of Early Childhood. (Editorial)

Academic journal article Australian Journal of Early Childhood

Research in Early Childhood Education and Health Is Well Represented in This Issue of Australian Journal of Early Childhood. (Editorial)

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Scholars and practitioners actively seek quality Australian research to support their work. This edition of the journal will not disappoint readers. It contains research papers on topics such as nutrition, children's mathematical thinking, language competence in boys, inclusion, children's views on early childhood services and the experiences of our most junior staff in childcare centres.

The first paper in the journal presents a stimulating critique of teacher knowledge of subject matter. Garbett and Yourn examine the place of subject knowledge in the New Zealand curriculum for the 0-5 sector. They argue for the need to go beyond domains and developmentally appropriate practice to having a fuller and broader understanding of subject knowledge.

The second paper in the journal presents the findings of a study examining the experiences of ten junior (aged 18-21 years) child care staff. Sims found that although there were many positive outcomes, most junior staff were involved in high level duties well beyond what would be expected of staff receiving such low wages.

Tennent, Farrell and Taylor examined the views of young children from different types of services, commenting on their experiences and what advice they might give to newcomers. …

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