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The school bus project: Explaining the value of process vs product

A reflection by Stephanie Lynn Stephanie Lynn is an experienced early educator who is passionate about promoting meaningful educational experiences for children. She recently created a presentation to help educate teachers and parents about the benefits of process art over product art. Stephanie has kindly agreed to let us share it with you so that […]

Love the outdoors – 6 play ideas for outdoor classroom day

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global initiative that promotes outdoor learning and love for the natural world. Children are spending more time indoors compared to previous generations, and academic learning is often prioritised over free play outside. Each year there are two dedicated outdoor classroom days. The next is on the 5th of November 2020, […]

Exhibition showcases the artistic expression of over 1,000 Sydney preschoolers

Many preschools hold art exhibitions within their own centres – it’s a great way to showcase the abilities of children and to build collaborative relationships with families. Miranda Kindergarten Director and CELA member Jenny Hind is a strong advocate for the power of arts in the early years. Together with 15 other members of the […]

9 ways to maximise outdoor play this winter

Early childhood educators understand the importance of outdoor play: fresh air, vitamin D, gross motor development and connecting with nature. Health precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic have made outdoor play even more desirable, but getting outside in the winter months can be challenging. Children benefit from being outdoors in all but the most extreme weather […]

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 […]

Granbuddies program provides vital social connections to the elderly

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many elderly residents of care homes have been left feeling more alone and isolated than ever – particularly those with no relatives to talk to via phone or digital devices. Research1 has found that perceived social isolation and loneliness are associated with depression, cognitive decline, poor sleep quality, a weaker immune system, and […]

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