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Avoiding the trap of cultural tokenism

NAIDOC week (originally scheduled for 5-12 July) may have been postponed for now, but celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is something early education services should be doing every day. Finding ways to celebrate in culturally respectful ways can sometimes be a difficult space to navigate.  Educators may […]

How we can demonstrate reconciliation in action

From 27 May to 3 June we celebrate National Reconciliation Week. This week marks two significant dates in our history; the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision. In the early childhood context, it is a time to celebrate and highlight the achievements of Australians in coming together and contributing towards the reconciliation […]

Creating and sustaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships in ECEC

‘In this together’, the theme for National Reconciliation Week 2020 (27 May – 3 June), encourages all Australians to reflect on the part they play on our journey towards reconciliation. Fostering an understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander cultures can have a profound and positive effect on children’s future attitudes towards cultural […]

International Mother Language Day – Saving Indigenous languages

International Mother Language Day, which will be observed on Friday 21 February, celebrates linguistic and cultural diversity and draws attention to the loss of languages – 43% of the world’s 6000 languages are considered ‘endangered’, and we lose another language every fortnight. The United Nations declared 2019 The Year of Indigenous Languages in order to […]

New children’s book teaches about the magic of Aboriginal songlines

Author Jasmine Seymour and artist Leanne Mulgo Watson have teamed up to release Cooee Mittigar this month, a beautiful book that aims to teach children about Aboriginal songlines. While the book was written with primary school children in mind, it’s also a great tool for introducing Aboriginal words and culture to preschool children. A songline […]

The solution is clear: Family Matters 2019 report

‘Without substantial efforts to refocus policy and investment on prevention and early intervention, children will continue to be at risk of separation from their families, communities and cultures.’ CELA covers the key points raised in the annual Family Matters Report for 2019, which focuses on ways to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait […]

The maths and science of puddles

Annie O’Sullivan returns to Amplify with a wonderful (and wonder-full) contemplation on intentional teaching, play-based learning, mathematics, sciences, and puddles. Not sure how all of that comes together? Read on! Annie’s story covers theory and practice around connections with children and makes use of the puddles that naturally occur in many children’s services and schools […]

Grounded in truth – National Reconciliation Week 2019

From 27 May to 3 June, National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to reflect and act on ways we can connect with and respect Aboriginal culture and community. This year’s theme is Grounded in truth, Walk together in Courage, watch the video to understand more, and scroll down for some excellent resources we’ve identified specifically […]

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National Early Childhood Election Forum

National Early Childhood Election Forum report The forum held in Melbourne last week was sponsored by some of the partners behind Early Learning: Everyone Benefits – CELA, ECA-Victoria, ELAA, Goodstart, CELA, KU Children’s Services, and Playgroups Australia. CELA CEO Michele Carnegie and Research Adviser Megan O’Connell attended the event. Interesting viewing Last week’s National Early […]

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Labor promises urgent review of BBF funding

Square pegs in a round hole Vicki Olds is an early childhood teacher, but lately she’s wondering why. For years she’s delivered specialised and responsive early childhood education programs to some of Australia’s most remote and vulnerable families as part of the Broken Hill Outback Mobile Resource Unit, a BBF (budget-based funding) service that covers […]

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