Message from the Director

On behalf of everyone at the REEaCh Hub I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well during the current circumstances.

Amidst Australia’s response to COVID-19 the fundamental importance of early childhood education and care to the lives of young children and families has been highlighted time and time again. Many conversations and media reports are acknowledging the essential and professional work of teachers and educators.

While some of our work at REEaCh has been postponed, including our seminar in April, we are continuing to liaise with colleagues to find ways to respond to questions about how the early childhood sector is fairing during and following this period. We are particularly interested in how teachers and educators are adapting their practice, staying connected to families, and ensuring their own wellbeing during COVID-19. We are planning ways in which to connect and collect this information. Please get in touch with us if you have stories to tell or information to share.

Now more than ever, we need to work together to ensure children’s access to and participation in early childhood education as families return to their usual routines. We will continue to focus our work at REEaCh on supporting early childhood services and staff to provide the best possible learning experiences to all Australian children.

Associate Professor Tricia Eadie