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Qualifications lead to quality

When we talk about quality early childhood education, one of the commonly accepted prerequisites is qualified educators. It’s a pillar of the National Quality Framework and the NQF’s support of higher levels of qualification for all people working with children has had a life-altering effect on many in the sector. Amplify’s editor Bec Lloyd spoke […]

Megan O’Connell joins CELA as a policy and research consultant

Megan O’Connell joins CELA as a policy and research consultant

We’re delighted to announce that Megan O’Connell, former Director of independent education policy think tank Mitchell Institute, has joined CELA as a policy and research consultant. CELA has held Megan’s work at the Mitchell Institute in high regard and we are looking forward to integrating her insights and expertise as we champion early learning’s value […]

learning goals

An 8 step plan to kick your learning goals in 2019

Goals for the year ahead The year ahead is full of promise for improvement. Your diary is still crisp and clean. Your calendar still has potential for meaningful development time for your room, team or organisation. You even have a bit of budget to work with…So why haven’t you set your professional development goals yet? […]

Safe bush kinder programs

Does ‘safe’ bush kinder lose meaning?

Amplify has often explored ways of thinking about outdoor education, with stories like this one on excursions, this one on nature and anxiety, and this one on children’s attitudes, among our most-read. We’ve also carried many reflections and provocations that point out the elephant in the room: trendy approaches that could do with deeper consideration, […]

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 […]

G20 and red tape

Australia vs the G20 on early childhood education’s value

Jennifer Ribarovski recently took a break from her 2018 Australian work travels and headed to Italy where she visited Reggio Emilia, and, among other things, had time to follow international news on the recent G20 summit. Her observations, penned in a transit lounge in Doha, are that Australia remains sadly out of step with other developed […]

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 […]

New research trial on back sleeping for pregnant women

The Red Nose organisation has long been a reliable source for early childhood services, as well as families all over Australia.  Instrumental from its earliest days in research to prevent ‘cot death’, Red Nose continues to fund life-saving research, advocacy and public education about all forms of sudden, unexpected deaths in infancy.  The most recent […]

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