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Get real about physical activity in early learning

Happy new year! We’re resuming publication with a story that is probably close to your heart right now: what makes an exercise or physical activity program really ‘stick’ so it goes beyond a new year’s resolution and becomes a daily part of your life. In this case, we’re talking about children’s programs and Amplify editor […]

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 […]

Be alert not alarmed about early childhood screentime, says Flinders Uni professor


Be alert not alarmed Fear of digital devices including iPads for young children is an ‘archetypal moral panic’, according to Professor Nicola Yelland, currently at Flinders University in South Australia and heading for the role of Professor of Early Childhood Studies at the University of Melbourne in 2019. Amplify editor Bec Lloyd interviewed Prof Yelland […]

Dan Tehan

A new Education Minister, Dan Tehan

What do we know about Dan Tehan MP? Amplify Editor Bec Lloyd put together this post as an overview of the man who will be sworn in as Education Minister for Australia this week, putting him in charge of billions of dollars worth of funding for early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary education. Australia’s newest […]

Early Learning Matters Week

Australia’s first ever Early Learning Matters Week

Australia’s first ever Early Learning Matters Week is happening from August 5 to 12. It’s a nation-wide initiative to show how early childhood education supports the wellbeing of children, families and society. Early childhood services around the country are inviting their local Federal Member of Parliament or Senator to visit them in Early Learning Matters […]

Services carry the load for JFF transition

Most of us need deadlines to take action, especially if that action requires tedious paperwork or a dreaded phone call to the myGov system. So the week leading up to July 2, 2018, was always going to see some panic from families who left their assessment for the new Child Care Subsidy to the last […]

NSW preschool reactions to 3yo funding news

The NSW Government says it will fund about 8000 more three-year-old children for places in a community preschool, but has the story raised more questions than it’s answered so far? For Australia’s most populated state to move towards additional preschool funding is great news – even with the current limits to the package. On the […]

Are you alive because of Red Nose Day?

If you’re 30 years old or less, you’ve never known an Australia without Red Nose Day, the highly visible annual fund raiser for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome* research, education and family support. Many thousands of young people are alive today because of the safe sleeping techniques that most of us now take for granted, but […]

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