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Enrolment data released

1.3 million children, 900,000 families While the ALP has drawn sector attention with its record-breaking election commitment to the early childhood education sector, other news was released last week from Education Minister Dan Tehan’s office. If you’ve been using older national data for your reports or research, make sure you update your figures now. According to […]

Exploring schema to develop Fundamental Movement Skills

You might be aware of schema for infants – such as the schema that helps newborns to suck or grasp. Schemas continue on through a child’s development, and identifying and understanding children’s schemas can provide important information.  In this post, a new guest writer for Amplify, Casey Francis, of Gunning Early Learning Centre in rural […]

A promise worth keeping

Will 4/10/18 become a date that future early childhood students have to commit to memory? That’s the day when Labor promised to extend universal preschool access to every three and four year old child in Australian, permanently.  CELA CEO Michele Carnegie and Amplify Editor Bec Lloyd put this round up together for today’s edition. On […]

Real life RAP journey with Tyabb Village – part 4 of 4

Last month we shared learning specialist Kerrie Maguire’s expertise in developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Your responses made it clear that creating a RAP is a high priority for you and frequently linked to your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) goals. There’s nothing educators value more than learning from their colleagues’ experiences. We’re very fortunate […]

The Tribe

Early Childhood Australia’s biennial* conference was held in Sydney this year and Community Early Learning Australia, a long-time supporter of ECA, attended as an exhibitor. The experience of immersion among 2000 educators left CELA CEO Michele Carnegie pondering the nature of the early childhood and OSHC sector in Australia, and led to this reflection and […]

Real life RAP journey with Tyabb Village – part 3 of 4

We recently shared on Amplify the expertise of learning specialist Kerrie Maguire in developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Your responses confirmed that creating a RAP is still a high priority for you, frequently linked to your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) goals. There’s nothing educators value more than learning from their colleagues’ experiences. We’re very […]

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How handy is your handwashing policy?

Handwashing and drying might sound trivial to the uninitiated, but getting it right is a major action for reducing the spread of infectious diseases and staying healthy when working with children. This story is by CELA Writers Margaret Paton and Bec Lloyd Along with curriculum and ethics, work safety and inclusion, there’s another core topic […]

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A real life RAP journey with Tyabb Village, part 2 of 4

After we shared on Amplify the expertise of learning specialist Kerrie Maguire in developing an early childhood education service Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), your responses confirmed that creating a RAP is a high priority and linked to your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) goals. Since there’s nothing educators like more than learning from colleagues’ experiences and […]

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A real life RAP journey with Tyabb Village – part one of four

We recently shared on Amplify the expertise of learning specialist Kerrie Maguire in developing an early childhood education service Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). When we shared the story on the CELA Facebook page, your responses confirmed that creating a RAP is a high priority and linked to your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) goals. There’s nothing […]

Values education

Words boost happiness in this early learning service

Positive psychology, values education, character strengths: these terms are increasingly common in both schools and workplaces, but not yet mainstream in early learning settings. Victorian educator Lisa Baker talks about her research into character strengths and values in a Victorian early years service attached to a school. The program is, she says, boosting children’s wellbeing […]

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