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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 […]

graduation day part two

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 […]

preschool graduation part one

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 […]

Handprint art - craft or craptivity?

Do you stand by the hand (print)?

Creative craft activity or craptivity? Another season, another round of educators vigorously sharing ‘so cute’ handprint craft activities in online professional groups, with an equally vigorous howling down from those opposing the practice as adult-directed and anti-children’s agency. It seems like a simple enough argument but the complications include this kicker frequently used by defenders of […]

Amplify article by Bec Lloyd

The problem with mud kitchens is…

Nobody else but the rosebush knows How nice mud feels Between the toes. From the short poem Mud, by Polly Chase Boyden Mud, mud, glorious mud, goes the old music hall song*, and mud play in mud kitchens has become a standard feature of many early childhood services. ACECQA’s document for the Early Years Learning […]

Values education

Words boost happiness in this early learning service

Positive psychology, values education, character strengths: these terms are increasingly common in both schools and workplaces, but not yet mainstream in early learning settings. Victorian educator Lisa Baker talks about her research into character strengths and values in a Victorian early years service attached to a school. The program is, she says, boosting children’s wellbeing […]

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