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  • An Example of the Sustainability Calendar: QIP in Action

    An Example of the Sustainability Calendar: QIP in Action

    We recently received an example of the Sustainability Calendar and how it is being used to show the Quality Improvement Plan in Action, check it out.
  • Smooth Transitions: Tips for Starting a New Role as an Educator Mid-Year

    Smooth Transitions: Tips for Starting a New Role as an Educator Mid-Year

    Starting a new role as an educator halfway through the year can be both exciting and challenging. Whether you're joining a new early childhood education and care (ECEC) centre or transitioning to a different classroom, here are some helpful tips to help you make a smooth transition and thrive in your new role...
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    How to Link Theorists to Observations in Early Childhood Education and Care

    The best way to learn about how to do something, whether it’s how to teach or how to care for children, is to learn from those who have already done it. Those individuals are called theorists, and their theories are the structures upon which much of the practice that you see around you was built. While all of these theories are extremely beneficial in your practice, it can be difficult to know how each one can be used effectively, especially if you’re new to the field of early childhood education and care.
  • Tips for Gathering Input into the QIP in ECEC

    Tips for Gathering Input into the QIP in ECEC

    Collaborative efforts are essential for driving continuous improvement and ensuring the highest standards of care and education for children. Central to this is the Quality Improvement Plan (QIP), a cornerstone document that outlines a service's goals, strategies, and actions for enhancing quality. Here are some invaluable tips for effectively eliciting your team's input into the QIP...
  • Tips for Running Effective Staff Meetings in Early Childhood Education and Care

    Tips for Running Effective Staff Meetings in Early Childhood Education and Care

    Staff meetings in ECEC serve as vital platforms for collaboration, communication, and professional growth. However, orchestrating productive gatherings requires careful planning and execution. So here are some valuable tips to help educators and leaders navigate the path towards successful staff meetings...
  • Understanding Queensland Kindergarten Funding: A Snapshot Guide for Approved Kindergartens

    Understanding Queensland Kindergarten Funding: A Snapshot Guide for Approved Kindergartens

    Navigating the intricacies of Queensland kindergarten funding is crucial for approved kindergartens to effectively manage resources and provide quality early childhood education. This article aims to demystify the process, detailing when funding is received, how it's accessed, timelines for usage, and permissible expenditures.
  • Strategies to Reduce Staff Turnover in Early Childhood Education and Care

    Strategies to Reduce Staff Turnover in Early Childhood Education and Care

    Staff turnover can be a significant challenge. High turnover not only disrupts the continuity of care for children but also impacts the overall stability and effectiveness of the educational environment. However, by implementing strategic measures, centres can mitigate turnover rates and foster a more supportive and engaging workplace culture. Here are some effective strategies...
  • 20 Inspirational Quotes to Empower You as An Early Childhood Educators

    20 Inspirational Quotes to Empower You as An Early Childhood Educators

    Educators play a pivotal role in shaping the future by nurturing young minds. It's a profession filled with challenges and triumphs, requiring dedication, empathy, and resilience. To uplift and inspire you, our unsung heroes, here are 20 inspirational quotes tailored for Early Childhood Educators....
  • Supporting Families to Understand the Butler Method: Free Parent Information on Butler Diaries

    Supporting Families to Understand the Butler Method: Free Parent Information on Butler Diaries

    Embark on a shared journey of learning and growth with families by downloading our free Parent Information on Butler Diaries factsheet that supports families understand programming, the Butler Method, the benefits of written records, and how to read and participate in your program.
  • The Pros and Cons of Offering Babysitting Services to Families from Your ECEC

    The Pros and Cons of Offering Babysitting Services to Families from Your ECEC

    Educators often find themselves contemplating the idea of extending their services beyond traditional hours to offer babysitting to families. While this may seem like a convenient solution for parents and an additional source of income for educators, there are several pros and cons to consider before accepting a request from a family member...
  • Which Butler Diary is right for me?

    Which Diary is right for me?

    Here is a visual guide of which Butler Diaries may be right for you. Check out their purpose, who they are designed for, what's included and what variations are available.
  • 7 Behaviour Techniques for ECEC with Links to Theorists and Reflection Points

    7 Behaviour Techniques for ECEC with Links to Theorists and Reflection Points

    In Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), effective behaviour management techniques are crucial for creating a positive learning environment. Here are some techniques along with links to relevant theorists or research to support you in your practice and reflection...
  • 2025 Family Day Care Compliance Diary: What's New

    2025 Family Day Care Compliance Diary: What's New

    We collected your feedback over 2024 and made some changes to the 2025 Family Day Care Compliance Checklist Diary. We have now jam packed more of your compliance needs into the same Diary while reducing how bulky it is! Sounds impossible we know, but we did it! Here we go through the changes and give you some examples...
  • Free QKLG Download: Embedding QKLG into Practice Educator Summary Poster

    Free QKLG Download: Embedding QKLG into Practice Educator Summary Poster

    We delve into the significance of integrating the QKLG into practice and explore the practical application of the Continua of Learning and Development. We've also included a free download, "Embedding QKLG Educator Summary" to support you in your programming, reflections and practice.
  • A Practical Example of a Cycle of Planning

    A Practical Example of a Cycle of Planning

    Here is an example of what a cycle of planning might look like...
  • Where to find examples of the OSHC Weekly Programming and Reflection Diary?

    Where to find examples of the OSHC Weekly Programming and Reflection Diary?

    We have a ton of examples and support available for our Weekly Programming and Reflection Diaries... here's how to find them.
  • Basic Rights of Early Childhood Educators under Fair Work: A Comprehensive Guide

    Basic Rights of Early Childhood Educators under Fair Work: A Comprehensive Guide

    As an Early Childhood Educator (ECE), ensuring you are well-versed in your rights under Fair Work legislation is essential for maintaining a fair and respectful workplace environment. Here's a comprehensive guide to the basic rights of Early Childhood Educators under Fair Work.
  • FAQs on the OSHC Diary

    FAQs on the OSHC Diary

    The OSHC Diary is a compliance tool for those working in Outside School Hours Care. It captures medical notifications, birthdays and celebrations, children leaving for activities, casual bookings and cancellations, family communication and visitor sign-ins. This means much of your compliance requirements are recorded in the one place and OSHC Educators and Leaders have a daily glance of what's happening inside the service to support supervision, children's inclusion and legal requirements.
  • Mastering the Role of Director in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC): Tips for Success

    Mastering the Role of Director in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC): Tips for Success

    As a director in ECEC, your responsibilities extend beyond mere oversight; you are the orchestrator of a nurturing environment where children thrive and develop essential skills. Excelling in this role requires a blend of leadership, passion, and adherence to quality standards, here are some tips...
  • Free EYLF Download: Embedding V2 Educator Summary Poster

    Free EYLF Download: Embedding V2 Educator Summary Poster

    With the release of the Early Years Learning Framework Version 2 (EYLF V2) and My Time Our Place Framework Version 2 (MTOP V2), educators have a powerful tool at their disposal to enhance the learning experiences of young children. In this guide, we delve into the significance of V2 and offer insights into effectively embedding it into practice. We've also included a free download, "Embedding V2 Educator Summary" to support you in your programming, reflections and practice.
  • A Quick Guide to the Educational Leader Diary with Examples

    A Quick Guide to the Educational Leader Diary with Examples

    The Educational Leader Diary when used correctly acts as a Reflection Tool and shows how critical reflection is being used within the team to improve outcomes for children. It demonstrates and captures evidence of the role of the Educational Leader and the work they are doing to support Educators. Here's a quick guide to the Educational Leader Diary to maximise the way it's being used in your service.
  • 20 Engaging Group Time Experience Ideas for ECEC

    20 Engaging Group Time Experience Ideas for ECEC

    Group times are a cornerstone of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). They offer opportunities for children to learn, engage, and connect with their peers and educators. To make group times truly enriching and captivating, it's important to have a variety of activities at your fingertips. Here are 20 engaging group time experience ideas that align with EYLF, ensuring a holistic and stimulating learning environment.
  • Tips for Involving the Community and Building Connections in your ECEC

    Tips for Involving the Community and Building Connections in your ECEC

    Fostering strong connections with the community has become increasingly vital. Not only does this collaboration enhance the overall experience for children, families, and educators, but it also aligns seamlessly with the principles of the EYLF. Here's some tips and strategies for including the community in your ECEC service with links to EYLF.
  • Providing EYLF Information for Families: Free EYLF Portfolio Information for Families

    Providing EYLF Information for Families: Free EYLF Portfolio Information for Families

    At Butler Diaries, we understand the importance of making complex topics accessible, so we've created an EYLF Portfolio Information Pack for Families that you can include in the front pages of children's Portfolios. The Pack includes the purpose of a child's portfolio and explanations of linking to EYLF, how it works, the importance of play, children's progress, and working together. We've also included a bonus Elements of the Early Years Learning Framework Summary Page to help make it clear.
  • Where to find Program inspiration?

    Where to find Program inspiration?

    Are you stuck? Feel like you've fallen into the cycle of the same thing over and over and want to start the year off fresh? Maybe still stuck in Christmas mode? Here are all the places you can find program inspiration this year!
  • Earn Money with Butler Diaries

    Earn Money with Butler Diaries

    We wanted to continue to give back to the wonderful community we have so we have created a range of ways you can save AND earn with Butler Diaries.
  • FAQs on the Weekly Programming and Reflection Child Educator Diary

    FAQs on the Weekly Programming and Reflection Child Educator Diary

    Have some questions on how the Weekly Programming and Reflection Diary can best be used to show the cycle of planning and children's goals? Wondering how to use it and show evidence for Assessment and Rating... all your information is here.
  • Updated Food Standard Code and Expectations for ECEC

    Updated Food Standard Code and Expectations for ECEC

    You are most likely aware of the updated Food Standard Code 3.2.2A that came into effect on the 8th of December. Since its almost been a month and you may have been busy in the lead up to Christmas, here is a summary to make sure you're on track and ready for 2024.
  • Bookkeeping Tips for Tradie Businesses in Australia

    Bookkeeping Tips for Tradie Businesses in Australia

    Accurate bookkeeping is the compass that guides your business toward financial success. Whether you're a plumber, electrician, carpenter, or any other tradesperson, managing your finances effectively is crucial for sustainable growth. In this article, we will explore some essential bookkeeping tips tailored to the unique needs of tradie businesses in Australia.
  • $1 from Every Diary to go to Barnardos Australia: Sharing the Christmas Spirit

    $1 from Every Diary to go to Barnardos Australia: Sharing the Christmas Spirit

    For our special this December, we have decided to wrap a child in care this Christmas. $1 of every purchase will be donated to Barnardos Children's Charity.
  • Essential Tips for Wrapping up the Year and Preparing for Next in ECEC

    Essential Tips for Wrapping up the Year and Preparing for Next in ECEC

    Let's dive straight into the essential tips for wrapping up the year and preparing for the next in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC).
  • What's the role of Jottings in ECEC?

    What's the role of Jottings in ECEC?

    In Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), jottings play a crucial role as a form of observation and documentation. Jottings are concise, brief notes or records made by educators to capture significant moments, behaviours, or interactions of children in their care. These observations are integral to the EYLF, as they support the principles and practices of the framework, emphasising the importance of understanding and responding to children's interests, strengths, and learning styles.
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