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Rattler 116, Summer 2015

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Rattler 116

Here is your final Rattler for 2015, and once again we’re left asking where the year has gone and what has really happened.

It’s been a year packed with activity for early childhood education and care. The stepping-off point for the sector was when Scott Morrison was named as our new Minister, and early childhood education was corralled into the federal Social Services portfolio. There were new government logos, new proposed programs following the Productivity Commission report, and announcements of program closures.

Now, here we are at the conclusion of the year; we’re back in the federal education portfolio with another new Minister (Senator Simon Birmingham), with new hope and optimism to boot!

It’s been a year full of change for our policy and decision makers, yet Community Child Care Co-operative’s mission to uphold every child’s right to a high quality early childhood education has not wavered. This mission is carried by a dedicated and committed sector, people who use their innovation and creativity every day to inspire their teams and to deliver great programs. Once again, this issue of Rattler highlights this amazing work that educators, managers and leaders undertake every day.

As is customary at this time of year, the Rattler and Community Child Care teams wish you an exciting end of the year and a wonderful start to 2016. We applaud you and your teams, as you watch the children you work with move rooms, go off to school and continue learning on your watch. And we wish you much happiness for the end of the year, as you observe your religious and cultural celebrations, spend time with family and, hopefully, take a break. We’ll be back next year taking more steps on the early childhood education and care journey with you, and shining a light on the work and dedication of the sector.

Best wishes,

Leanne Gibbs, CEO Community Child Care Co-operative (NSW)


  • The Lowdown | Your guide to what’s up, who’s where, and how you can get involved.
  • Reimagining education | A new approach to education has helped children (and families) re-engage with learning in a disadvantaged South Australian school.
  • Special feature | Our current systems of funding for Aboriginal children are unsustainable and just don’t work. So how do we get it right?
  • Kimberley Diary | One educator’s story of the challenges and rewards of managing a service in remote Western Australia.
  • Family Dynasty | Growing up in and around the sector has fostered a passion for the early years that spans three generations.
  • Vox Pops | Teachers and stakeholders discuss the upcoming teacher accreditation system.
  • Don’t be too careful! | A philosophy of embracing risk is setting children up for life at Dorothy Waide Centre for Early Learning.
  • Face2Face | Dr Marina Papic shares her passion for mathematics and improving numeracy in the early years.
  • It takes a village | Raising Children Network offers valuable tools for services to help build relationships with families.
  • Bookworm | A preview of what’s new on the shelves.

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