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8 sensory activities for babies and toddlers

Sensory play helps babies and toddlers learn about the diverse and complex world around them. Educators can plan activities that encourage young children to use their five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Popular sensory activities include finger painting and bubbles. Here are eight more activities, including their learning outcomes and links to the […]

How we can help young children to build self-confidence and value what’s really important​

Children are growing up in a world where anxiety levels have increased, self-confidence has dropped and views on healthy body image have been distorted. How can we inspire young children to have the confidence in themselves to be smart, strong and kind on their own terms and plant the seeds of valuing the things that […]

Supporting all children to Thrive by Five

CELA is pleased to support Thrive by Five, a new community movement sponsored by the Minderoo Foundation. Thrive by Five calls for an accessible, quality early childhood education system. The aim of the movement is to create momentum to drive change in early childhood development as we have seen in the disability sector. Thrive by Five […]

“How many ways can you talk?” AUSLAN creates opportunities for inclusion and joy

Auslan is short for Australian sign language. It’s a visual form of communication that uses hand, arm and body movements to convey meaning. While it was originally created for the hearing impaired, its incorporation in an early learning environment creates many exciting opportunities for engagement, inclusion and a richer shared culture. Christine Tsang, Director of […]

How we can put children first in early education and care

National Child Protection Week runs from September 6-12. This year, event host National Association for Prevention of Child abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) celebrates 30 years of National Child Protection Week with the theme ‘Putting children first’. Early childhood consultant and child advocate Nicole Talarico shares how we can embrace putting children first, and what we […]

Why fine motor skills are vital for learning to write

Fine motor skills are essential for handwriting, as they allow children to make small movements using the muscles in their hands. Educators can support preschoolers in learning to write by including a wide range of fine motor experiences throughout their program. We spoke with paediatric occupational therapist Margaret Olney to find out how early educators […]

Early Childhood Education and care’s ever-increasing value to families

The Front Project’s latest survey of over 1000 parents and carers highlights how COVID-19 has reinforced the value of early childhood education and care in families’ minds. The latest survey results show that 80% of respondents say early childhood education and care is very important to their family. Parents commented on the challenges of juggling […]

New app helps parents to support children’s brain development

The Bright Tomorrows app, which is free to download, has been designed to help parents and carers to support children’s brain development. Developed by Telethon Kids Institute and Minderoo Foundation through their CoLab partnership, the app translates groundbreaking early years research into tailored tips for parents and carers of children under five. According to CoLab […]

Bambini of Lilyfield solidifies focus on the arts, plus how you can set up your own art space

Back in 2017, Amplify shared an interview with Bambini of Lilyfield centre director Anmol Lohia, whose powerful belief in creative arts education had led to many positive outcomes for the children at the centre, and the local community. This included a fundraising event where artworks created by the children helped to raise thousands of dollars […]

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