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  • 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.
  • STEM Experiences for Science Week

    STEM Experiences for Science Week

    We love Science Week! What a great excuse to get dirty, ask questions, enjoy being wrong, and learn something new! Here are awesome STEM experiences you can try for Science Week.
  • 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.
  • NAIDOC Week and Beyond

    NAIDOC Week and Beyond

    NAIDOC Week is a significant event in Australia that celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For educators in early childhood education, this annual observance offers a valuable opportunity to engage young children in learning about Indigenous cultures, fostering respect, and promoting reconciliation. In this article, we explore NAIDOC Week using a EYLF lens and provide program suggestions and examples. Download your Free Programming Spread Example here.

  • 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.

  • 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.
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    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.
  • Composting in Early Childhood

    A Guide to Setting Up Compost in your Early Learning Centre

    By participating in the composting process, children can develop a sense of responsibility and ownership over their environment, as well as a deeper appreciation for the natural world. Additionally, composting can be used as a way to teach children about the interconnectedness of living systems and the importance of conservation and stewardship of natural resources. 
  • 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?
  • Updated EYLF and MTOP V2.0 Learning Outcomes for your Weekly Programming and Reflection Diary

    Updated EYLF and MTOP V2.0 Learning Outcomes for your Weekly Programming and Reflection Diary

    Your Programming and Reflection Pack just got bigger! Not only does it include Print-Ready Photo Evidence for your Weekly Programming and Reflection Diary, but it now also includes an Updated EYLF and MTOP V2.0 Learning Outcome template so you can start using the V2.0 Frameworks now. Yes, we are continuing the goal of no more sticky fingers!

  • 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.

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    The Importance of Critical Reflection in Early Childhood Education

    Critical reflection – the process of carefully evaluating the outcomes of our actions – can help us to improve our educational methods, and thus to better meet the needs of the children in our care. Critical reflection is a skill that comes with time and experience, but it’s well worth putting in the effort to hone it, as it will help you to continuously learn and improve your practice over time. Read on to find out more about how you can apply critical reflection in your early childhood education centre.
  • 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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    Compliance Information and Butler Diaries for your Childcare Service

    In Early Childhood Education and Outside School Hours Care Services, you are obligated to comply with regulations, laws, and be governed by best practice. This can easily lead to compliance confusion and leave you unsure of how to best meet your obligations as a service provider in Australia. Butler Diaries is here to support you in simplifying your compliance documentation to minimise confusion and provide you with a simple to use system for staying compliant with your documentation.

  • Rated Exceeding "The Department Love It": A Case Study

    Rated Exceeding "The Department Love It": A Case Study

    We were lucky enough to be invited into Brady Bunch at Hervey Bay. This is one of their three Queensland centres with another three down South. The absolutely wonderful team took us through their service and how they achieved an Exceeding Rating. Brady Bunch completely flipped their planning and programming method and introduced the Butler Method is 2021.
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    Compliance in Early Childhood Education and Care

    All education and care services approved under the National Law are required to keep a record of their compliance.

    Our resources are designed for your service and educators to keep records which are required under the NQS. Streamline your documentation and succeed at exceeding with Butler Creative Childcare Resources.

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    EYLF in Practice: Belonging, Being and Becoming

    Fundamental to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) are the three pillars Being, Belonging, and Becoming. These values guide the framework and our practice as Early Childhood Educators. This includes our mission, vision, and actions as well as our day-to-day operations. This article takes you through the three pillars of the EYLF.
  • Sustainability in Practice for ECEC

    Sustainability in Practice for ECEC

  • Butler Creative Childcare Resources Game changer

    A game changer for early childhood professionals

    As any early childhood or teaching professional will tell you, dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s in the form of observation, progress tracking and achieving educational outcomes is pretty much a full time job.
  • Thinking outside the box but within the NQS

    Thinking outside the box but within the NQS

    I was a family day care educator when my children were little. The industry was not as regulated back then and there were certainly not the resources available today that would enable you to stay within the regulatory guidelines.
  • Managing change in a positive way

    Managing change in a positive way

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