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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 […]

Fact: children are too important for politics

Children are too important for politics One third of Australia faced an election last weekend. We’ve been bringing you the NSW issues in some detail because, more than usual, this state contest and the Victorian election before it, have featured promises with national implications. The re-elected Premier promised NSW “could have it all”  – and […]

Prepare for World Poetry Day

Early childhood and early primary years educators are quite possibly the most active poetry readers in Australia.  Don’t laugh: it’s true! Regardless of whether you have sonnets by your bedside, or you don’t know your iambic from your pentameter, chances are that you read aloud from a book of poetry nearly every day at work. Poetry […]

Did you miss it? Top five from 2018

Welcome back to Amplify in 2019. We’re starting the year in traditional style, looking forward and back. Looking ahead, there’s a story tapping into the New Year resolutions many of you are making to improve your own and the children’s physical activity and guess what? Research is saying that improving educator and parent activity is […]

Family Matters Report 2018

CELA is a supporter of Family Matters and a signatory to the Family Matters Statement of Commitment Support the Family Matters Report 2018 As a national community of voters, educators, parents and carers, many of us remain sadly ignorant of the crisis continuing in removal of Indigenous children from their families. While the Stolen Generations […]

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