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AEDC 2018 state by state (a simple guide)

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) reports every three years on how Australian children have developed by the time they start school. It looks at five areas of early childhood development domains: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, and communication skills and general knowledge. The 2018 report is out […]

The path to reconciliation starts at our feet

Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week: many services duly enter them in their cultural celebration calendars and engage as best they can with the topics and their communities. Many services also genuinely endeavour to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in their programs in a more systemic way. They seek out connections with local indigenous […]

Belconnen

The journey to an inspired learning space at YMCA Belconnen ELC

The connections between environments and learning have been explored in many ways in the Amplify blog over the past year. Today we share a very direct connection as the YMCA Belconnen Early Learning Centre team-writes their journey from a dysfunctional work space to a Reggio inspired centre of learning and development.  The secret was not […]

Australian Capital Territory

Transition to School Around Australia – cross the finish line in Canberra.

Our Transition to School Around Australia series crosses the finish line in the home of our nation’s capital, the Australian Capital Territory. CELA Writer Cath Fowler winds up her review of the issues in transition in each jurisdiction by looking at the multiple program approach the ACT is taking to improving transition to school from […]

Belittlement isn't what we teach children

‘How do we rebound from this?’ Life in the regulatory naughty corner

Recently we shared information about how the publication of enforcement actions – based on the public’s right to know about major compliance breaches and prosecutions – can differ from state to state. While Section 270 of the National Regulation says each regulatory authority may publish information, not all choose to do so. Currently the ACT […]

Publishing enforcement actions- Around Australia snapshot

Compliance breaches and the public right to know

As the fifth year of the National Quality Framework draws to a close, it’s reasonable to expect most of the big differences between states and territories are gone or on their way out soon, right? Getting closer There’s no doubt we are getting closer to national consistency with the most recent tranche of reforms, but […]

national children's week 2017

National Children’s Week 2017

No matter where you will celebrate Children’s Week (October 21-29 2017), we’ve got you covered. This year’s Children’s Week National Theme is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 29 Education should develop each child’s personality and talents to the full. It should encourage children to respect their parents, their cultures and […]

Immunisation

When two policies collide: vaccination and universal access across Australia

The story so far… In March this year, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote to all state and territory governments asking them to exclude children from any early childhood service or preschool unless they were immunised against preventable diseases or had a valid medical exemption. The intention was to close the ‘loophole’ present in many […]

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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