‘Belonging’ in Australian early childhood education and care curriculum and quality assurance: Opportunities and risks

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This article considers opportunities and risks arising from the prominence of the belonging motif in Australia’s Early Years Learning Framework and, more implicitly, in the National Quality Standard, against which the quality of the early childhood education and care services is assessed. A vignette constructed from case study data generated in the babies’ room in an early childhood centre in an Aboriginal community in rural Queensland is used to illuminate some of these opportunities and risks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-355
Number of pages16
JournalContemporary Issues in Early Childhood
Issue number4
Early online date03 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2018


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