Recommended Reading

for educators

Knowledge is Power

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Every now and then there's a book, blog post or article that just hits the nail on the head.

 Here's some of our favourite 

Worldviews, Theories and Philosophies in Children's Services

  This audio-visual resource is a collection of conversations with academics, educators, policy makers and activists offering an insight into the wide range of worldviews, theories and philosophies that have helped to inform and define their everyday practice.

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Nature Play QLD - Peter Gray Forum Video Link


Peter Gray is an American psychologist and research professor in the Department of Psychology at Boston College. He is most well known for his research concerned with children's natural ways of learning and the role of play in children's development.

He is the author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life (Basic Books, 2013), author of Psychology, a highly regarded college textbook, and he writes a popular blog for Psychology Today magazine entitled "Freedom to Learn".  

Click on the image and you can find professor's presentation (split into 5 parts for convenience) MC'd by Sandi Phoenix with a panel discussion at the end.


FAQ “I’m so excited about the concept of innovative practices, sustained play and skilled intentional teaching (over not-jolly phonics, letter-landfill and flashcards during group times), but, where can I learn more?”

Here are a few of our favourite links to inform your pedagogical practice… (We’ve done the googling for you so just click on the bold text)

Anarchy and the EYLF pirates Plenty of fun read about contemporary thoughts from Early Education in Australia

Authentic Happiness - a hub of information about positive psychology. Do your VIS survey of Strengths here

Claire Warden – With an international reputation for pioneering work in education, Claire’s key areas of work have focused on motivational maths, consulting children, and children’s connection to the natural world. Her floor books concept explores the way in which we consult children in order to make our planning more relevant and effective.

Dr. Emmi Pikler – Dr Emmi Pikler knew that in order for babies to develop perfectly in the way that nature had intended, certain things must be heeded. Her work is inspiring and ahead of it’s time.

Early Childhood Resource Hub (ECRH) - The Early Childhood Resource Hub is your central repository of Australian early childhood resources, quality standards, support and forums.

Janet Lansbury – Elevating child care

Let the children play – A blog that celebrates the importance of play in the lives and education of our children

Maggie Dent – Maggie is a passionate advocate for the healthy, common sense raising of children


Marc Armitage – Independent play working consultant

Pennie Brownlee – Pennie is an inspirational teacher whose advocacy extends from play through to authentic respect for children.

Phoenix Support for Educators – (Of course)

Play Counts – Standing up for a child’s right to play and empowering early childhood professionals to give children the gift of PLAY.

Play Empowers

REAIE – Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange

RIE - Resources for infant educators

SNAICC – A national non-government peak body in Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families

Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School

Teachers Ink – EYLF Reflections. An Early Childhood Teacher and the EYLF & NQS and all that Jazz!

Teacher Tom – An inspirational blog about Teacher Tom’s teaching and learning from preschoolers.

Theorists in 140 – A comprehensive list of theorists and great links to further your research.

Tom Drummond – Tom is an emeritus educator of children and adults and a student of both… his work is amazing and his Learning Stories are beautiful.