An atelier of reflection: Our first podcast series

We use our podcasts to explore some of the current issues, trends, challenges and niggles in contemporary early childhood education. We aim to provoke thoughtful and respectful dialogue among colleagues and other professional interested in young children in order to continue to critique our craft.


FREE - FORTNIGHTLY - FRIDAY: Our podcasts are generally released each fortnight on a Friday and offer free access to all.

We use Podbean as our host.

Episode 1:

The rush hours: Reclaiming 11- 2 for young children

In this episode we explore the 11-2 time frame (or thereabouts) in early childhood settings to highlight some of the anxiety and stresses that we may unintentionally expose children to in this part of the day. We ask educators to be mindful of children's relationship with food and to further consider the role of self-regulation. You are welcome to share via the links below!

Episode 2:

Identifying quality

In this episode we explore three questions around quality. Can quality look like something? Can quality be branded? How easy is it to masquerade as quality to get through an assessment and rating visit? You are welcome to share via the links below.

Episode 3:

Sacred cows

In this episode we try to explore some of the traditional sacred cows in early childhood, such as sand, water and play dough and ask - are they essential for young children's learning? You are welcome to share via the links below.

Episode 4:

Documentation fatigue

In this episode we explore the notion of 'documentation fatigue', an ailment that many educators face. We look at some solutions loosely around what Deborah calls the "5Ps". You are welcome to share via the links below.

Episode 5

The family tree VS identity 

In this episode we explore the notion of children's identity and how it might be being railroaded by Family trees and portraits.

Episode 6

Is Reggio Emilia an unreachable star?

In this episode I try to explore the key tenets of Reggio Emilia and ask if in fact, makes this approach to early childhood education unreachable for most.

Episode 7

Are we documenting in an ethical way?

In this episode, we question the ethics of current documentation practices with a focus on a deeper consideration to involving children in deciding what is significant and what is made visible for others to see.