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A bush yarn – how one preschool’s nature program reduced anxiety for both children and educators

Lyrebird Preschool Bush Program Earlier this year I observed our staff becoming more and more interested in sharing stories and resources about nature schools and forest schools in Australia and overseas.  This pattern of interest got us talking at a staff meeting about whether we could incorporate the outdoors even more in our program. We […]

Video resources: supporting school transition for children with developmental delays or disabilities

These videos and many more resources can be found at All videos are © 2017 ECIA NSW Transition to School Resource.  Read more about this aspect of transition to school programs in this post by guest writer Emma Pierce. Early planning   Getting ready to start school   Working together Early days of school   […]

Six top tips for helping children with delays or disabilities transition to school: Emma Pierce

Emma Pierce, an early learning inclusion specialist, returns to share more tried-and-tested resources for educators supporting children with developmental delays or disabilities transition to school.  Developed by ECIA NSW/ACT, the resources can be applied to any educational setting, anywhere, and are relevant to all educators. We have included the ECIA videos that relate to Emma’s […]

Is occasional child care Australia’s best kept education secret?

For many years now, policy makers have looked for solutions to quality education and care for children whose families don’t work standard hours. Nanny trials, extended hours options, and the new Jobs for Families package approach to sessional funding are just some of the means that have been, or will be, put forward. But is […]

Community engagement in a box: how the Little Free Libraries took off at Acacia Ridge

Acacia Ridge is a south-western suburb of Brisbane. It has a large industrial zone, an ice skating rink, and no public library.  About 20% of children were starting school in that area without the basic language skills they needed to do well. Read this story sent to Amplify by The Benevolent Society about how their early […]

How can we work better together on a Working Together Agreement? Emma Pierce returns with more NDIS insights

Early childhood educators know we need to collaborate to support inclusion for young children with developmental delay or disability, but it isn’t always easy. Emma Pierce’s last blog explained how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) relates to educators. In today’s post, Emma talks about some potential challenges that can emerge in the context of […]

Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange 2017 – opening and keynote

The biennial Australian Reggio conference is officially underway today (14 July) in Sydney, attracting around 1000 educators, academics and administrators to the International Convention Centre. CELA is here as a Gold Sponsor and when we aren’t talking to the wonderful delegates at our stand we will be bringing you updates like the ones below from […]

Keep Calm PJ Days

With all due respect… what’s professional about pyjamas? A new provocation from Molly Rhodin

With all due respect… This is how our latest guest writer Molly Rhodin began a Facebook post last weekend on the giant, public, EYLF/NQF Ideas and Discussions group. Molly questioned the early childhood service ‘institution’ of PJ Day, an event allowing educators and children to attend wearing their pyjamas.  Particularly popular in winter time, PJ Day is sometimes connected to […]

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