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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Magazine Issue 52
3 REFLECTIONS • GOWRIE AUSTRALIA • SPRING 2013 - ISSUE 52 editorial contents Dear Colleagues, Welcome to the Spring issue of Reflections with a strong theme of wellbeing and mental health. Professor Laevers and Bart Declercq's article highlights research that indicates the focus on emotional wellbeing and involvement strongly supports competence development in young children. The now regular Voice of the Educator article shares one meaning of wellbeing in a very practical way with examples of how this occurs in everyday practice at the il nido Children's Centre in South Australia. A Clinical Nurse Specialist from West Australia raises the important role played by parenting groups, playgroups and Early Childhood Education and Care services in assisting relocated families and new parents integrate into the local community. The article highlights studies that indicate the less social support for women in these situations, the higher potential of perinatal depression and anxiety, which also translates into some child behaviour problems. The findings of the study referred to in the article, certainly supports the Kidsmatter Early Childhood initiative - a program which is partnering with many Early Childhood Education and Care services around Australia to support improved mental health and wellbeing for children. The article by London early childhood consultant, Tim Gill, raises the debate of risk and resilience. The challenge of balancing the risks so that children benefit in positive ways and become increasingly resilient is an ongoing dilemma for educators with the fear of child injuries, blame and potential litigation weighing heavily on minds. Yet for children the thrill of defying gravity (and the rules), freedom and the challenge of new adventures are at the forefront of their minds. As stated in the article, the National Quality Standard gives guidance to a thoughtful and balanced approach to risk and challenge where children are encouraged to explore, experiment and take appropriate risks in their learning. The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) article shares the early information on how the National Quality Framework is working across the nation, and identifies the areas proving to be more challenging and those more commonly being met by services. As more services undergo the rating and assessment process, stronger conclusions will be drawn to support new areas for inquiry and research. Finally, Gowrie Australia commissioned a position paper to articulate to candidates in the 2013 Federal Election the not negotiables for the education and care sector in Australia. The message is simple -- uphold the reform agenda and continue support for the strengthening of young children's learning and development in Early Childhood Education and Care. The gains made must not be lost, and more can and must be done as it is an investment in Australia's future. Regardless of the outcome of the election ... which party is leading the country, who is the Prime Minister and who is the Minister for whatever the portfolio is named ... the need remains to show the strong leadership and direction that is essential to place children at the centre, and for this country to be recognised as a true leader internationally. Until next time, Ros Cornish on behalf of Gowrie Australia Natalie Grenfell -- Gowrie NSW Sue Hart -- Gowrie Victoria Jane Bourne -- The Gowrie (QLD) Inc Kaye Colmer -- Gowrie SA Tonia Westmore -- The Gowrie (WA) Inc Ros Cornish -- Lady Gowrie Tasmania GOWRIE CEOs 20 Back Cover - National & International Conference Updates 4 Access an e-copy of Reflections at: www.gowrie-brisbane.com.au www.gowriesa.org.au www.gowriensw.com.au www.gowrie-tas.com.au www.gowrievictoria.org.au www.gowrie-wa.com.au Gowrie Australia's Position on Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care 6 Reflecting on Progress, Responding to Need 8 What is "Wellbeing" all about? 10 Some Thoughts on Perinatal Mental Health in an Early Childhood Education and Care Environment 12 Risk and Resilience 14 Increasing Children's Competencies through Wellbeing and Involvement 18 Social and Emotional Learning
Reflections Magazine Issue 51
Reflections Magazine Issue 53 Summer 2013