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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • A Quick Guide to the Educational Leader Diary

    A Quick Guide to the Educational Leader Diary

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Crucial Roles of Directors and Nominated Supervisors in Early Childhood Education and Care

    The Crucial Roles of Directors and Nominated Supervisors in Early Childhood Education and Care

    In the intricate landscape of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), the roles of Directors and Nominated Supervisors are of paramount importance. These professionals serve as the linchpin of quality, compliance, and excellence in a field that revolves around nurturing young minds. In this article, we will delve into the responsibilities and significance of Directors and Nominated Supervisors.
  • Linking EYLF and MTOP Practices to Theorists

    Linking EYLF and MTOP Practices to Theorists

    Here's another quick reference guide. This time to help you link the EYLF and MTOP practices with Theorists in Early Childhood Development. Perfect for your programming, reflections, and learning stories!

  • Linking EYLF and MTOP Principles to Theorists

    Linking EYLF and MTOP Principles to Theorists

    Here is a quick reference guide to help you link the EYLF and MTOP principles with Theorists in Early Childhood Development. Perfect for your programming, reflections, and learning stories!

  • A Guide to Writing Observations in Early Childhood Education

    A Guide to Writing Observations in Early Childhood Education

    The practice of documenting observations is a cornerstone in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). These observations serve multiple purposes, from mapping a child's developmental milestones to identifying their interests and skills. Moreover, observations lay the groundwork for effective programming and are instrumental in maintaining quality as delineated by frameworks like the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standards (NQS).
  • Meeting vs Exceeding NQS

    Meeting vs Exceeding NQS

    Are you unsure about the difference between Meeting and Exceeding NQS? How is it decided where your service lands? The answer lies in the three Exceeding Themes.
  • NQF Changes Coming 1st of October 2023

    NQF Changes Coming 1st of October 2023

    We know... another change! These changes also come from the 2019 NQF review and are in addition to the changes we saw on 1 March 2023 and 1 July 2023. It feels impossible to keep up but don't worry, we've got you covered. Here is a summary of the NQF changes coming on the 1st of October 2023.
  • "Streamline practice and compliance": A Case Study

    "Streamline practice and compliance": A Case Study

    We asked our wonderful long term customers, Angel Tots Early Learning Centre, to share with us how Butler Diaries are used inside their service and they provided some amazing insights into compliance, streamlining practice, and creating tailored and individualised programs for the children in their care.
  • ACECQA OSHC Documentation Changes

    ACECQA OSHC Documentation Changes

    By now, you've probably heard about the changes to OSHC Documentation that came into effect as of 1 July 2023 for South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria (for Western Australia check legislation for commencement date). We know! So many changes to tackle in one year! But don't worry, we are here to support you and reduce compliance confusion.

  • NQF Changes to Know About

    NQF Changes to Know About

    So much has changed this year! Don't fall behind... Here is a recap of all the NQF changes to know about.
  • Early Childhood and Development: EYLF and NQS

    Early Childhood and Development: EYLF and NQS

    Early childhood development is a crucial period that lays the foundation for a child's future growth and success. During this period, children go through significant changes in their physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development. In this article, we will discuss the critical developmental milestones that children go through during early childhood, in the context of the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standards.

  • What's new: Diary and Resource Changes

    What's new: Diary and Resource Changes

    What a big start to 2023 with the introduction of the new Frameworks. We have redesigned our Diaries and introduced new resources to represent the new Early Years Learning Framework and My Time Our Place Framework. While redesigning, we also took a look at our current Diaries to simplify and make documentation clearer. Find out what's new at Butler Diaries!

  • Are Early Childhood Educators Mandatory Reporters?

    Are Early Childhood Educators Mandatory Reporters?

    Early childhood educators play an important role in the lives of young children. They are responsible for providing a safe and nurturing environment where children can learn and grow. However, with this responsibility comes the duty to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their children. One way they do this is by being mandatory reporters.
  • key-roles-in-early-education-and-care-services

    Key Roles in Early Education and Care Services

    The key roles in Early Education and Care Services act to drive leadership of the service to empower staff, support families, and provide quality care to children in Early Learning Services. Here are the key responsibilities of each position along with tools and resources to support staff in their roles.

  • critical reflection prompts for early childhood educators

    Critical Reflection Prompts for Early Childhood Educators

    As an educator in an early learning centre, you have the opportunity to impact the lives of young children and help shape their future. You are not just a teacher, but also a caregiver and role model for these children. With this great responsibility comes the need for critical reflection on your practice as an educator.

    Reflecting on your practice means taking time to critically examine your actions, thoughts, and feelings about your work with children. This process can help you identify areas where you can improve, as well as areas where you are doing well.

  • Early Childhood and Technology: The Role in Early Learning Centres

    Early Childhood and Technology: The Role in Early Learning Centres

    Technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, and it is inevitable that it will continue to play a significant role in shaping our future. The use of technology in early childhood education has become a topic of debate among parents, educators, and policy-makers. Some argue that technology should be integrated into early childhood learning, while others believe it can have negative effects on child development. In this article, we will explore the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standards and their recommendations for the use of technology in early childhood education.
  • MTOP and EYLF Planning Cycle Explained: V2.0

    MTOP and EYLF Planning Cycle Explained: V2.0

    Here we have another article from our EYLF and MTOP V2.0 Series that explains the MTOP and EYLF V2.0 Planning Cycle. As well as explaining the EYLF Planning Cycle, we break down the process and walk you through examples.

  • Changes to Assessment and Rating 2023: Are you Ready?

    Changes to Assessment and Rating 2023: Are you Ready?

    From 2023, there are changes coming to Assessment and Ratings that impact you and your service. The goal of the changes is continuous quality improve across children's education and care. The announcement was made by the Australian Children's Education and Care Authority (ACECQA). What's changing for Assessment and Rating in 2023?
  • The Evidence Behind the Culturally Responsive Calendar

    The Evidence Behind the Culturally Responsive Calendar

    Our Culturally Responsive Year is a monthly calendar designed to highlight the culturally competent and responsive practices carried out in the ECE Setting. It is a monthly reminder to actively involve children in cultural practices and activities as well as a record of the experiences for parents and assessors to view. It supports you to "build it in" rather than "bolt it on" to your program and practice. Write stories, draw pictures, or stick in photos to document your month and maintain a record of experiences for parents and assessors to view.
  • Tips for Reflecting on Intentional Teaching

    Tips for Reflecting on Intentional Teaching

    Intentional teaching involves "deliberate, purposeful and thoughtful" decisions in your environments, interactions and children's learning. The documentation you keep must show intentional teaching practices at its core. Here we break down Intentional Teaching Strategies and reflecting on these in your Weekly Programming and Reflection Diaries.
  • "Beautiful and Visually Appealing": A Case Study

    "Beautiful and Visually Appealing": A Case Study

    We love seeing the different ways educators are adding their own personality to their documentation. We checked out the Torquay Kids' teams Diaries and saw how educators are using different methods such as highlighting and photos to complete planning and reflections.
  • "It's doing your work for you" A Case Study

    "It's doing your work for you" A Case Study

    "I don't know where it has been all my life."

    Leanne is a veteran Educator in the industry for nearly 40 years. As a relief worker, she visits many centres with different philosophies and practices. When asked about her practice and method, she points to the Butler Method supporting her in her programming and practice. Leanne feels the Butler Method has simplified her documentation and helped her meet her obligations. She has described the diary as doing her work for her.

  • Print Ready Photo Evidence for your Weekly Programming and Reflection Child Educator Diary

    Print Ready Photo Evidence for your Weekly Programming and Reflection Child Educator Diary

    We have created print ready photo templates to make providing photo evidence easier. They are the perfect size to print and stick into your Weekly Programming and Reflection Diary. The Design is drag and drop friendly and works with Free Canva Accounts. Learn more...
  • Unpacking the New EYLF V 2.0 and MTOP V 2.0 Frameworks

    Unpacking the New EYLF V 2.0 and MTOP V 2.0 Frameworks

    Updates to the EYLF and MTOP have been released in 2023. The new Approved Learning Frameworks will be recognised alongside the 2012 Frameworks until early 2024 in which V2.0 will replace V1.0. Here we unpack the changes to support you in your planning, QIP and reflective discussions to get ready for the changes.
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