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Inspiring Environmental Sustainability – NSW SPROuts Awards Pt 1

When we think about early learning for environmental sustainability the first things that come to mind for many are improving recycling, reducing waste and setting up a compost bin or worm farm. But there’s so much more that can be done. Since 2005 the NSW Early Childhood Environment Educators Network (ECEEN) has encouraged services taking […]

Unpacking the theme for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day 2020

We are the Elders of Tomorrow: Hear our Voice By Deborah Hoger On 4 August 2020 each year, we celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day). This is our national day dedicated to celebrating our children; who they are individually, but also who they represent as a collective, as the future […]

What is cultural appropriation and how do we avoid it?

By Deborah Hoger Cultural appropriation is when a dominant culture takes something from another culture that is experiencing oppression. In Australia, it usually refers to when a non-Indigenous person/organisation/group/business takes an element of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture and uses it without permission, cultural respect or any form of reciprocity or payment. In the […]

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 […]

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