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No way will a snow day stop the play

  ‘Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlig klær!’ (Norwegian saying: There is no bad weather only bad clothes) Baby, it’s cold outside, so we’re playing indoors until spring is sprung, right? Why would you risk colds and flus, grizzly children, wet clothing, and perhaps anxious educators and unhappy parents? We might love those images […]

That special something...

That special something – a reflection

Darren Brisbane, program manager at Sherpa Kids St Pauls, returns to share a story that began as an article about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in OSHC for Science Week this week, but it became something more – something quite special. This is a reflection on the way one staff member’s passions can change a […]

Early Learning Matters Week

Australia’s first ever Early Learning Matters Week

Australia’s first ever Early Learning Matters Week is happening from August 5 to 12. It’s a nation-wide initiative to show how early childhood education supports the wellbeing of children, families and society. Early childhood services around the country are inviting their local Federal Member of Parliament or Senator to visit them in Early Learning Matters […]

superannuation

The $120,000 superannuation gap between ECTs and primary teachers

Last month we shared a story on the startling $30,000 pay gap that exists between teachers who have the same kinds of degrees and same kinds of responsibilities: early childhood teachers, after 10 years of work, can expect to earn $30K less than their colleagues in primary schools. Clearly, it struck a chord.  The article shot instantly […]

Learning Links

Practice and philosophy at a preschool for all children

An inclusive preschool, Learning Links, of Peakhurst NSW, reveals to CELA writer Margaret Paton how it goes about welcoming children of all abilities into its service. ‘It’s all in the welcome.’ Member profile: Learning Links Preschool, Do you talk with your hands? How about signing? Welcome to Learning Links, an early learning service where all […]

social justice in early learning

 Children as citizens – social justice in the early years

Philanthropy: the desire to promote the welfare of others Inspired by social justice and educator research projects centred on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the education team at Wellbank Children’s Centre explored the question: How can we better advocate the philanthropic participation of children within the wider community? Elesha Nounnis, […]

With a leap in his OSHC service's senior student numbers this year, Darren Brisbane's team had to get creative.

The importance of playing up

Darren Brisbane returns to Amplify with another practical, thoughtful post addressing a major pain-point in outside school hours care (OSHC): how do you keep senior students occupied? With a leap in his service’s senior student numbers this year, Darren’s team had to get creative. 2018 has been an interesting year for Sherpa Kids St Paul’s. […]

pay gap

The $30,000 pay gap question

 With the same degree, the same responsibilities, but often shorter holidays and less professional support, why are early childhood teachers paid so much less than their primary school colleagues? Amplify editor Bec Lloyd looks at a pay gap that starts around $16,000 and doubles in less than 10 years, and hears from the Independent Education […]

STEM

STEM steps up

Early childhood educators in Australia need to be proactive about building STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – into their programs. What holds them back?  ‘Children are curious about things like why does ice-cream melt and why do rainbows form, these are things that affect them and their everyday lives.’ By Bec Lloyd and […]

social media

Who liked you today? Social media for educators

Provocative posts by Rebecca Thompson regularly make it onto Amplify Top Ten lists. An inclusion support professional, Rebecca has a wealth of experience in the sector and an active presence on social media both personally and with her business, Stone and Sprocket. Today she shares something a little different to her previous posts, with a reflection […]

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