The latest issue of the early education and care sector’s favourite magazine is here. And as always, it’s a cracker! Published by Community Child Care Co-operative (NSW), and produced by ARMEDIA, the latest issue of Rattler features pirates, seals and a myth-busting brigade of early education and care experts – this edition breaks down barriers to understanding best practice, promote debate and inspire you to go wild in your service!

Hitting desks just after the closing date for submissions to the Productivity Commission inquiry on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, this issue highlights the importance of putting children first through providing quality education and care. Some of the sector’s finest minds give their opinion on the best possible outcome for the inquiry, with quality at the heart of the debate.

And in her editorial, Leanne Gibbs, Community Child Care Co-operative (NSW) CEO, says she hope the Commission’s recommendations, due in October this year, keep children firmly in view. “By keeping community and child wellbeing and learning central, the recommendations and resulting action will have the right foundations and driving values.”

Which brings us to Anarchy and the EYLF Pirates, the swashbuckling female mariners (with pseudonyms like Grainne O’Malley, Awilda Longstocking and Jeanne de Clisson) navigating the NQF and EYLF seas. Their mission? Refuse. Resist. Rebuild. Anarchy. Theirs, me hearties, promises to be a tale to provoke rebellion!

In the same vein, Rattler’s second instalment of the Myth Busters series brings together experts and educators to debunk popular myths, challenge the status quo and paint a clearer picture of quality service delivery.

Going further, Rattler brings together case studies of standout services that are sure to inspire, including Mia Mia Child and Family Study Centre (at Macquarie University), and Barrack Heights Preschool, Shellharbour, who took a once-in-a-lifetime (virtual) journey to Antarctica.

There’s plenty more, and the ARMEDIA team thinks it’s the best issue yet. But don’t take our word for it. Take a sneaky look for yourselves… (And don’t forget to subscribe to get Rattler delivered every quarter.)

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