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New audio PD series – Exploring the NQS

I don’t do as much writing on this website as I used to, as I spend a lot of time talking about early education on The Early Education Show, and writing about it on The Framework. I wanted to add a quick post here though about a new project that I’ve really enjoyed putting together, and is out in the wild from today.

It’s an audio/podcast series called Exploring the NQS, and it looks at every element of the National Quality Standard, once a week, one element at a time. It’s a show idea I’ve been kicking around for most of the year, and I have to say a big thanks to my podcast co-hosts Lisa and Leanne for letting me go off an do it.

As someone who works in the professional development space in the sector, I don’t think we spend enough time just going back to basics – actually looking through and discussing the key documents of the sector. That’s what I’m hoping Exploring the NQS will do. These 10-15 episodes are easy to access, and will be great for professional development, updating your QIP and starting conversations in your service.

Exploring the NQS is available exclusively for supporters of The Early Education Show on Patreon, as a big thanks for the support for the main show. The main show will always be completely free, but we also wanted to make sure we were thanking those listeners who were supporting us financially.

It’s really cheap to subscribe – you can choose any amount from $1/month upwards. More subscriptions means we can do more of these kinds of things, if people think they’re useful. I’d definitely love to do more!

So please consider subscribing on Patreon here, and sharing out with colleagues if you think the project is worthwhile.

New episodes will arrive every Tuesday, and the first one on Element 1.1.1 Approved learning frameworks is available right now.


By Liam McNicholas

I am an experienced early childhood teacher, writer and advocate. As well as managing community not-for-profit early childhood operations in a variety of roles, I have advocated for children's human rights; the need for investment in early childhood education; and for professional recognition and wages for those working in early childhood education and care.

I am available to be commissioned for freelance writing, editing, event speaking and consulting work.

2 replies on “New audio PD series – Exploring the NQS”

As a fellow purveyor of professional learning Liam, I spend lots of time with educators returning to the fundamentals of our work. I think there is a growing realisation that while we can climb the heights of pedagogy we must take care to attend to the basics, the practicalities, the core elements. I think we can do this, in fact, many are – which is good news!!

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