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Learning about literacy

Literacy in the early years encompasses much more than reading, drawing and writing. Leonie Arthur explores early childhood educators’ critical role in supporting and extending children’s literacy learning. Contemporary definitions of literacy encompass viewing and creating visual and multimodal texts as well as the more traditional skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. In an […]

Gifted children need you too

What does giftedness look like in young children and how can early educators and parents work together to provide the best opportunity for these children to thrive? It is estimated that there is at least one gifted child in every early childhood service, but a recent study1 by psychologist and Clever Kids Consultancy founder Mimi […]

Lessons in cultural competence

Lessons in cultural competence

Early childhood programs should focus on cultural competence and inclusion as part of everyday practice, but how well do services manage cultural diversity of staff in early childhood settings? Adeline Teoh provides five ways to embrace cultural diversity in your service. The case for embracing cultural diversity is very clear, says Professor Tim Soutphommasane, human […]

Safe gardens for children

Grow safely this Spring There’s no doubt that many Australian services have a long tradition of gardening and natural surroundings for young children. Equally, there’s no doubt that through the 1990s and Noughties there was an explosion of ‘plastic fantastic’ outdoor areas for early childhood education, driven in part by a community-wide fear of insurance […]

Seven vertical projects turning play sideways

Has anyone recently asked you to look at things from a different point of view? Maybe you’ve been invited to think outside the box? How about turning your frown upside down? It’s occasionally unsettling, but more often refreshing and engaging, to change the way you view everyday activities. Even more so when you can apply […]

School readiness questions asked

School readiness. Are there two words more likely to provoke ‘lively discussion’ in any group of early childhood educators? Then if you bring some parents and school teachers into the group, and add another two words –  say, ‘standardised testing’ – that discussion will almost certainly escalate from ‘lively’ to ‘heated’. School readiness as a […]

Art when you’re not arty

Darren Brisbane is the author of many inspiring and insightful Amplify stories, often sharing lessons learned at the expense of his own preconceptions.  This story about how he took a complete turnaround on templates for children’s art activities is another example of his candid style.   While Darren works with school-aged children, this article will appeal […]

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 […]

On your bike! Annie O’Sullivan shares lessons learned in risk

Annie O’Sullivan is an early childhood educator and mentor of 30 years experience who now shares her knowledge, with a colleague, as the Early Years Education Specialists. Annie lectures part time at Wollongong University and recently graduated from Macquarie University with a Master of Early Childhood. In today’s story, Annie celebrates her experience of embracing risky […]

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