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There’s a track winding back from the outback box that inspired this street library

We love a good library story here at Amplify, and we were happy to publish this story from Sue Motley and Leigh Best, CELA members from Armidale Community Preschool, sharing the experience of installing a street library at their community preschool in northern NSW. Outback boxes The idea for a Street Library was sparked during a […]

Santa beach

An educator is for every day, not just for Christmas

Reflection I have been seeing all these beautiful stories of Santas going above and beyond the call of duty for children. Signing for a deaf child, getting on the floor with autistic children, praying with hurting children and more.  These Santas are only in these children’s lives for 5 to 10mins but can have a […]

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A simple guide to really enjoying your end of year party

Whether your service closes down for the Christmas break or not, most workplaces will have a function of some kind to mark the end of the year. For some people this is their annual highlight. Others view with dread the mandatory ‘fun’ at a frantic time of year. We consulted our CELA team and some other wise heads […]

Poppies on Armistice Day

Talking to young children about Remembrance Day

This Saturday is Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day. While few children’s services will be open, many children will have seen poppy badges being sold on street corners, or be aware of older siblings participating in commemoration ceremonies at school on Friday. They may wonder, on the weekend, why adults around them suddenly go […]

Halloween in Australia

Halloween in Australia – love it or loathe it?

In an article a few years ago, the Sydney Morning Herald described the opposition of the Catholic Church to the rise of Halloween as a family activity, reporting: The Vatican issued a warning to parents, saying they should not allow children to dress up as witches or ghosts for an ”anti-Christian” celebration of ”terror, fear […]

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