Early learning podcasts

Early Learning matters podcasts aim to inspire high-quality early childhood practice and build educator capacity.

These podcasts are designed to supplement and complement other resources and professional learning. Join Jacqui Ward (Early Learning Coordinator) and her colleagues who support department preschools as they unpack important early childhood concepts, theories and practice.

STEM in the early years

Jacqui Ward speaks to Sibylle Seidler, Heike Hendershot and Haley Bates from Little Scientists about the program and the importance of STEM in the early years. (30 minutes 31 seconds)

STEM in the early years

Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data

What is the AEDC?

Mary Taiwo and Jacqui Ward speak with Yasmin Harman-Smith and Tess Gregory about the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). They discuss how the AEDC data is collected and what the AEDC instrument measures (25 minutes 32 seconds).

What is the AEDC and what type of information is in the AEDC

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How to engage with the AEDC data?

Mary Taiwo and Jacqui Ward speak with Yasmin Harman-Smith and Tess Gregory about the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). They discuss the value of the AEDC data and how schools and early childhood education services can use the AEDC data to inform policy and practice. they highlight a few examples of how other schools and services have used the data in to develop practice, as well as highlight some ideas on how to interpret and apply the AEDC data at the school and community level (29 minutes 48 seconds).

How to engage with your AEDC data

Numeracy in the early years

A series about numeracy in the early years.

Podcast 1

Jacqui Ward, Juliana Lagana and Linda De Marcellis discuss the importance of numeracy in both early childhood and school curriculum. They clarify the relationship and interconnectedness of mathematics and numeracy and speak about how numeracy development in the early years supports later learning.

Jacqui Ward, Juliana Lagana and Linda De Marcellis

Podcast 2

Jacqui Ward, Linda De Marcellis and Juliana Lagana discuss the intentional and explicit teaching of numeracy in the early years. They unpack the importance of planning for intentional mathematics and numeracy learning and highlight pedagogical practices that support that planning. They provide links to research and resources around mathematical talk and touch on some practical strategies and tools that teachers can use to enhance their intentional teaching.

Jacqui Ward, Linda De Marcellis and Juliana Lagana

Podcast 3

Jacqui Ward, Linda De Marcellis and Juliana Lagana discuss the numeracy concepts. They provide links to research that highlight the importance of developing strong understandings of these concepts in early childhood and examples and resources to support educators broaden their understanding of how these concepts fit together to develop children’s numeracy skills

Jacqui Ward, Linda De Marcellis and Juliana Lagana

Creative arts in the early years

This podcast explores the importance of creative arts in the early years including early childhood and the first years of school. (40:07)

Explore the Chatting Creative Arts podcast for more conversations about creative arts education.

Jacqui Ward, Julia Brennan and Gai Lindsay

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Effective assessment in early childhood

In this podcast, Jacqui and Lisa discuss the elements of effective assessment in early childhood settings. They discuss the ways that early childhood educators can focus in on assessment as the first part of the teaching and learning cycle and how the new assessment tool can support educators to more effectively engage in assessment practices linked to the outcomes of the early years learning framework. (23:01)

Jacqui Ward and Lisa Wicks

Transcript of Effective assessment in early childhood

Children as researchers

In this podcast, Ruth and Chris discuss the topic of children as researchers, and how inquiry-based learning supports children's authentic engagement. Chris provides examples of children working alongside educators to explore a topic as equal partners in the learning. (20:59)
Ruth Garlick and Christine Woodrow

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High potential and gifted education in the early years

Jacqui Ward and Lynda Lovett discuss the difference between high potential and gifted and how the department’s policy and The Early Years Learning Framework align. They also delve into the importance of transition to school for high potential and gifted children. (23:42)
Jacqui Ward and Lynda Lovett

Quality preschool practice professional learning

Jacqui Ward discusses quality preschool with Cathrine Neislon-Hewitt, Faye Gowers and Kim Stouse-Lee from the University of Wollongong (29 minutes 41 seconds)

Quality preschool practice professional learning

Literacy in the early years

A series about literacy in the early years.

Podcast 1 - Oral language development and tuning in!

Vanessa and Janice discuss the oral language development of children and how it is shaped by their early experiences and interactions. (18:34)
Vanessa Dimitroulas and Janice Gorrie

Transcript of Literacy in the early years Podcast 1 - Oral language development and tuning in!

Podcast 2 - Developing oral language and the demands of schooling

Vanessa Dimitroulas and Janice Gorrie discuss the demands of school and academic language and the role educators play in supporting children’s oral language development in the early years.( 17:53 )
Vanessa Dimitroulas and Janice Gorrie

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Transition

A series about the transition to school.

Dockett and Perry – Transition and COVID-19

A discussion about the possible impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and families starting school. Changes in opportunities and expectations for transition practices are emphasised (8 minutes 43 seconds).

Sue Dockett and Bob Perry, Peridot Education Pty Ltd

Transcript of Dockett and Perry – Transition and COVID-19

Dockett and Perry – What is transition?

A reflection on 24 years of research and publication about transition to school. This podcast emphasises the importance of building relationships among all involved and distinguishes between transition practices and orientation programs(5 minutes 28 seconds)
Sue Dockett and Bob Perry, Peridot Education Pty Ltd

Transcript of Dockett and Perry – What is transition?

Transition to school at Tarro Public School

Jacqui Ward talks to the Tarro Public School team about their transition to school practices, particularly in the context of COVID-19.
Jacqui Ward and Tarro Public School

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Effective use of the transition to school statement

Lisa Wicks talks to a Kindergarten and Preschool teacher from Woy Woy public school about using the transition to school statement effectively.

Effective use of the transition to school statement

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Learning from home

A series about learning from home.

Learning from home – Supporting young children with a disability

Jacqui Ward and Therese Winyard discuss how teachers can support continuity of learning for children with a disability when they are learning from home. (11 minutes 41 seconds)

Supporting young children with a disability

Learning from home – One school's journey

Donna Deehan, Transition Advisor discusses learning from home with Rosehill Public School (23 minutes 54 seconds).

Rosehill preschool team

School of the air – supporting families with learning from home

School of the Air teachers talk about supporting families when their child is learning from home (7 minutes 43 seconds).

School of the Air teachers

School of the air – teaching remotely

School of the Air teachers give advice on teaching remotely (10 minutes 43 seconds).

School of the Air teachers

The Early Years Learning Framework

The Early Years Learning Framework – revolutionary

Jacqui Ward and Jess Lavers discuss the development and significance of The Early Years Learning Framework (9 minutes 36 seconds).

Jacqui Ward and Jess Lavers

The Early Years Learning Framework – belonging, being, becoming

Jacqui Ward and Sheree Bell unpack the theoretical underpinnings of the three overarching themes of The Early Years Learning Framework and how they relate to children, families and colleagues (17 minutes 19 seconds).

Jacqui Ward and Sheree Bell

The Early Years Learning Framework – principles

Jacqui Ward and Kerry Flick discuss the importance of the five guiding principles of The Early Years Learning Framework and they can inform early childhood practice (9 minutes 47 seconds).

Jacqui Ward and Kerry Flick

The Early Years Learning Framework – practices

Jacqui Ward and Kerry Flick discuss the importance of the five guiding principles of The Early Years Learning Framework and they can inform early childhood practice (17 minutes 41 seconds).

Jacqui Ward and Sheree Bell

The Early Years Learning Framework – outcomes

Jacqui Ward and Jessica Townsing focus on the learning outcomes of The Early Years Learning Framework, and how teachers can engage with them to document and plan for children’s learning (9 minutes 5 seconds).

Jacqui Ward and Jessica Townsing
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