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.

Parent episode 1 – Learning in the everyday

Learning every day in every way through play” introduces a series of podcasts about how children learn so much through everyday experiences and through play. Learning is not only happening when children are attending preschool, school or early childhood centres. This episode focusses on recognising the learning that comes from the activities and routines that parents and families do every day.
Jacqui and Therese

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Parent episode 2 – What guides what and how children learn in the early years 

How the Early Years Learning Framework, as the mandatory curriculum for early childhood education supports teachers to deliver learning programs which improve learning outcomes for children and support learning in the early years. We also look at how the that happens before children attend schools leads to a strong start to school.  

Jacqui and Sylvana

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Parent episode 3 – Play-based learning- how children learn through play


We explore how children learn everyday through play and how helping your child learn at home through play during the early years, can lay strong foundations for reading and writing and more formal school learning.
Donna and Sylvana

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Parent episode 4 – Letting your child take the lead!

When a child plays alone, or solitary play, they have a chance to engage deeply and can make mistakes and create solutions, feeling accomplished. Playing with one or more friends supports the ongoing development as children ‘practice’ what they learned among others. Letting your child take the lead in their own play, can support learning in many ways in the home environment.
Jacqui and Donna

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Parent episode 5 – How to support learning within the family and across learning areas

Every family is unique, and some families have multiple siblings all learning at different ages and stages. This podcast looks at how parents can support learning for each of their children across age ranges by involving them in every day, fun activities that allow each child to be involved and learn at their own level. Many everyday home activities can support concepts and learning outcomes across early childhood to school learning areas all at the same time.
Jacqui and Therese

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Learning from home – one school's journey

Discussion with Rosehill preschool team about how they have moved to remote teaching during COVID-19 (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 - 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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