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Sandpits and Phoenix Cups

Sandpits and Phoenix Cups
A story about teaching children about their own basic human life needs using The Phoenix Cups resources

How do I “manage” children’s behaviour during group time?

How do I “manage” children’s behaviour during group time?
I am often asked to visit ECEC settings when educators’ feel that a child’s behaviour is disruptive to a learning environment. More often than not, most of these behavioural challenges occur at “group time” or “rest time”.

The Advocate for Childhood: A Freedom Cup Filler

The Advocate for Childhood: A Freedom Cup Filler
Let’s discuss ‘that child’ found in many education and care settings. However, let’s not label him ‘that child’, and respectfully use his real name, Jacob. Jacob is spirited, energetic and a non-conformist....

Educators – Know Your Stuff

Educators – Know Your Stuff
Four things that Educators who know how to exceed do that Educators working towards the National Quality Standard don’t.

Angry about ‘Under the roof ratio’? You’re doing it wrong.

Angry about ‘Under the roof ratio’? You’re doing it wrong.
If you cringe when the words “Under the roof” are uttered, then chances are, you’re doing it wrong. The Australian National Quality Framework (NQF) bought with it ratios intended to improve outcomes for children. The notion of determining ratio of educator:child under the roofline (or across the service) was not a free ticket to run a service with ratios that are stressful for both children and educators alike. That’s just dumb.

It’s time to teach food to our children…

It’s time to teach food to our children…
And I mean Teach (not preach) Food (not nutrition) to our children. Forget nutrition education for children (or even adults for that matter), we need to go back to basics and teach food education first. It might sound like this dietitian has gone crazy (not teach nutrition?!?) but let me explain....

Educator’s Guide to the Interwebs

Educator’s Guide to the Interwebs
FAQ “I’m so excited about the concept of innovative practices, sustained play and skilled intentional teaching (over not-jolly phonics, letter-landfill and flash cards during group times), but, where can I learn more?”. Here’s a few of our favourite links to inform your pedagogical practice.

3 Steps On How To Let S*^# Go!

3 Steps On How To Let S*^# Go!
For a species that finds it hard to fulfill new year’s resolution’s after only a month, you would think it would be easy for us to let go of things. They say regret is a useless emotion. It causes us pain and we don’t benefit from it at all. But it’s not only our past... continue reading

Behaviour Guidance from my point of view – Sandi Phoenix

Behaviour Guidance from my point of view – Sandi Phoenix
My approach to behaviour guidance supports the capacity of educators to understand children’s behaviour and to learn to respond intentionally to behaviour as a function to meet their life needs (and in turn, their rights) and develop optimally.

Essential PD for Educators in 2017

Essential PD for Educators in 2017
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An Open Letter To Hardworking Educators

An Open Letter To Hardworking Educators
Dear Educator, There are some things I need to tell you, I need you to understand.....

Don’t Burnout, Burn Bright!

Don’t Burnout, Burn Bright!
Often when we suffer burnout, we blame the job. Although this can be the case, often, however, it isn’t the job so much that has changed, it is our perspective which has. Like a new outfit that we once absolutely adored, and now sits idle in our closet.

Burning the bra – the battle for gender equity begins with us

Burning the bra – the battle for gender equity begins with us
As a minority in education, the Male Educator, is not too dissimilar to the legendary and elusive Yowie, they are both hairy and have bigger feet than you. Some of us reading this may have been lucky enough to catch a rare glimpse of or even directly work with ‘the token male’.

No toys from home! Really?

No toys from home! Really?
This is a guest post from Educator and Parent, Jane Kenny.

Educators do not “cheat” and our work is not easy!

Educators do not “cheat” and our work is not easy!
Things you will NEVER find at Phoenix Support EYLF Cheat Sheets (or any Cheat sheets for that matter). There is no cheating. There is only hard work, responsiveness to children, and authentic documentation. We’re not going to sell you checklists, either. You can read more about that on our post … Checking the Checklists. Learning Story... continue reading

The Little Boy Poem

The Little Boy Poem
A powerful poem for critical reflection about teacher led art experiences.

Anything is possible

Anything is possible
Education and care is changing. Quality education and care is no longer rigid, inflexible and bound by kilometers of red tape. It is now flexible, innovative, adaptive, responsive. This taking some getting used to… but it’s so super exciting. Take a look at this for example… the photo that broke the internet this week. I... continue reading

Equality, feminism, self-reflection and hypocrisy

Equality, feminism, self-reflection and hypocrisy
As a woman in both business AND Education and Care…. I don’t do loud and proud feminism (shoot me for that later). I detest the term “Mum-preneur”, “working Mum”, “single Mum” or anything that labels a woman as a walking, talking womb. Then there’s the women’s groups that are not Mothers.. the “women in business”... continue reading

Checking The Check-list

Checking The Check-list
A word on using checklists for development…. I am someone who has spent every moment of her adult life with her head lost in the world of psychology, mashing that with education and care. I’ve been on a mission to make this secret psych knowledge of behaviour more freely available to educators.

Get Muddy! No Sanitiser Required

Get Muddy! No Sanitiser Required
A few years ago, this photo would have made me squeamish. Mud. Yuck. Now, I’m an educator advocating for this kind of messy play. In fact, when I sat together with this little man, smooshing mud and splashing in our puddle, I was just as muddy as he.  We were learning, exploring and making memories... continue reading

What if “pleasing parents” compromises quality?

What if “pleasing parents” compromises quality?
“We have to please parents”; But is there any reason to compromise quality educational programs? Fact: There are some contemporary practices in our sector that are considered unconventional and go against the grain of what “parents” (i.e. Education and Care “industry” market) expect. I see these statements on forums and hear these concerns daily:- We do... continue reading

Professional Development with Phoenix Support

Professional Development with Phoenix Support
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Paintings on the Wall: Intentional Teaching vs Traditional Expectations

Paintings on the Wall: Intentional Teaching vs Traditional Expectations
By embracing the National Quality Framework, and the associated documents and curriculum, learning opportunities and experiences have become richer with intent and open ended possibilities to support children’s processes for exploring and understanding the world around them as engaged, involved learners. However, it can be challenging to communicate your intentions with parents and caregivers who... continue reading

Why we must sing to our babies

Why we must sing to our babies
... Song is a unique way of connecting and communicating, and it carries with it benefits for both the singer and the listener.

Creative craft activity or Craptivity?

Creative craft activity or Craptivity?
Creative craft activity or craptivity? It's all in the delivery. You decide.

Earth Child

Earth Child
Environmental Sustainability is in your hands

That’s not my child

That’s not my child
“That’s not my child, that’s Caden, he is from Darren’s room and Kate is his worker. Kate is away today, so I don’t know who is ‘on’ him”. Meanwhile Caden is happily exploring all areas of the service without a shadow to interrupt and intervene on his play. However, “he ‘behaves’ much better when Kate is here but it’s because she ‘helps’ him”. Sound familiar?

What is technology really doing to our children?

What is technology really doing to our children?
The amount of screen time children receive is alarming. Some of the potential issues that surround children and technology in today’s society include changes in family dynamics, behaviour, cognitive development, and health. In considering this, it is important for families to understand the impacts that surrounds the use of technology on children.