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Remote teaching – how early educators in China and Italy are engaging with families

In some countries, early childhood education and care services have been closed for months. Many educators are running amazing remote learning sessions that are keeping children connected and giving isolated families hope, inspiration and a purpose to their day. In this week’s Amplify! We find out what it’s like teaching remotely in China and Italy, […]

To queue or not to queue?

In many cultures, queuing is a crucial act of social organisation and courtesy. Considered by some to be a basic preschool skill, others say there’s no need for young children to wait in line before meals, outdoor play, or even on excursions. Is there an argument – for safety, or school-readiness – that young children […]

New allies for ECT

The Australian Council of State School Organisations, or ACSSO, is one of Australia’s longest operating peak bodies for education. Formed in 1947, ACSSO represents the families of more than 2.4 million children in government schools around the country. While traditionally focused on primary and secondary school aged children, in the past 18 months ACSSO has […]

International ECEC workforce survey results

First ever international early childhood workforce survey released – Australia is not alone in its challenges! The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has released its first ever international Teaching and Learning survey focused on the Early Childhood Education and Care workforce. The findings provide interesting parallels for Australian early childhood education and care providers, […]

We hear you – the National Partnership for Universal Access

We hear you – the National Partnership for Universal Access has worked, and funding must continue! The Commonwealth Government is reviewing the national funding agreement that supports all Australian children to attend 15 hours of quality early childhood education in the year before they start school. The Universal Access National Partnership funding is crucial to […]

Upskilling in early education

On Wednesday 11 September Future Tracks, a social enterprise committed to attracting and supporting the next generation of teachers and leaders in early childhood education, released their research report on Upskilling in early childhood education. The report provides interesting insights into the barriers and opportunities to grow the ECEC workforce. The report was commissioned to […]

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 […]

Early Learning Matters Week

Educators and politicians embrace #EarlyLearningMatters Week

More than forty MPs and senators from across the political spectrum are visiting early childhood services in every state and territory this week to show their support and learn more about the benefits of quality early learning for children, families and communities. Early Learning Matters Week—an initiative of the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign—is being […]

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