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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 […]

Teapot music

Teaching in rhythm and rhyme – free PD plan in Rattler Magazine

Bring back the rhyme Think back to your earliest years of memory – at home, in preschool or in school. There’s a good chance that one of your most enduring memories will be in song. It might be a song your mother, grandfather, or bus driver sang, or a song from the end of year […]

This old step, St Stephen's Preschool, Normanhurst

This old step

It’s a mess.  Green, pink, red, yellow, blue and grunge-coloured splotches and drips cover its top and sides.  It could welcome an application of steel wool and some elbow grease, or perhaps a new coat of paint in a fashionably Scandinavian shade of white or ecru.

But as long as I’m director, that’s not going to happen.

Simple guide to glitter alternatives

Glitter alternatives, a CELA Simple Guide

Alternatives to glitter The Great Glitter Debate (or GlitterGate as we like to call it at CELA) has been around for years – so why bring it up again each time there’s a story about banning the tiny plastic sparkles in the media? For one thing, the discussion is worth having simply because of the turnover among […]

Bambini children with food dyes

Intentional approach to teaching the arts, a success

CELA writer Margaret Paton shares her interview with a centre director whose powerful belief in creative arts education had many positive outcomes this year. Creative arts What does it look like when you have a thriving creative arts program unfurling in your early childhood education setting? Bambini of Lilyfield, a long day care centre in […]

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