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How we can really make a difference this Harmony Week

“Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.” Harmony.gov.au We know that educators want to do much more than paper chains and hand prints when it comes to celebrating Harmony Week. So, how can educators go beyond throwaway craft to do something really meaningful with children […]

Multiple benefits of being Eco Smart – NSW SPROuts Awards Pt 2

Striving to be ‘greener’ has led three award-winning services on very different journeys that have improved other learning and development outcomes. In Part 2 of our focus on Education for Sustainability we find out how KU Children’s Services are embracing environmental sustainability, which led to two services winning SPROuts (Sustainable Projects Recognising Outstanding Practice) awards […]

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Wearing masks in ECEC – is it time to reframe our thinking?

As the COVID-19 resurgence continues in Victoria, and with cases appearing across parts of New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland, the issue of wearing face masks is again a focus of discussion. Masks have been compulsory in Victoria for educators when greeting parents and working away from children, but are not currently mandated when […]

Let’s talk about comfort – A Critical Reflection

What was your childhood comfort item? For ECE Operations Manager Liz Pennings’ son Logan, it was his single bed-sized blanket. “Logan carried his single bed-sized blanket into the sandpit, around the classroom and even into the bathroom in his early learning setting. In his own time, he began leaving it behind. This was once he […]

Budgeting for bunnies, and other reasons to think twice about a rabbit for Easter!

Gaby Flavin is an early childhood teacher and an animal advocate. With Easter around the corner she penned a set of articles around one of the most commonly considered ECE ‘pets’ – rabbits. Beware, it’s a cautionary tale based on Gaby’s 15 year love affair with fluffy bunnies, her even longer experience working in early […]

Rabbits in early learning, a hot crossed issue.

Gabrielle (Gaby) Flavin is an early childhood teacher and an animal advocate. With Easter around the corner she penned a set of articles around one of the most commonly considered ECE ‘pets’ – rabbits. Beware: it’s a cautionary tale based on her 15 year love affair with fluffy bunnies, her even longer experience working in […]

Trauma in early childhood

What does it mean to support a child who’s experienced trauma?

Sarah Riddell returns to Amplify this week to share her understanding of the causes, signs and support actions for children who have experienced some form of trauma. As Sarah says, the first thing to accept is that this is a complex area, but her guide and suggestions will simplify your professional role and this article […]

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Preschool graduation days, part two

Preschool Graduation Last week, Danielle Bopping shared part one of this two-part reflection + advice article about the practice of early learning graduation ceremonies. In the first part, Danielle set the context for graduations through the ages and the dressing up – for adults and children – that accompanies them. That article looked at the […]

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Preschool graduations – who are they really for?

‘Tis the season to graduate preschool, or move ‘up’ a room… Danielle Bopping is one of Amplify’s original contributors and we’re always glad when she has time to put fingers to keyboard and share her thoughts. This is part one of a two-part reflection + advice article about the practice of early learning graduations. Are […]

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