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Get real about physical activity in early learning

Happy new year! We’re resuming publication with a story that is probably close to your heart right now: what makes an exercise or physical activity program really ‘stick’ so it goes beyond a new year’s resolution and becomes a daily part of your life. In this case, we’re talking about children’s programs and Amplify editor […]

G20 and red tape

Australia vs the G20 on early childhood education’s value

Jennifer Ribarovski recently took a break from her 2018 Australian work travels and headed to Italy where she visited Reggio Emilia, and, among other things, had time to follow international news on the recent G20 summit. Her observations, penned in a transit lounge in Doha, are that Australia remains sadly out of step with other developed […]

Family Matters Report 2018

CELA is a supporter of Family Matters and a signatory to the Family Matters Statement of Commitment Support the Family Matters Report 2018 As a national community of voters, educators, parents and carers, many of us remain sadly ignorant of the crisis continuing in removal of Indigenous children from their families. While the Stolen Generations […]

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 […]

Enrolment data released

1.3 million children, 900,000 families While the ALP has drawn sector attention with its record-breaking election commitment to the early childhood education sector, other news was released last week from Education Minister Dan Tehan’s office. If you’ve been using older national data for your reports or research, make sure you update your figures now. According to […]

Exploring schema to develop Fundamental Movement Skills

You might be aware of schema for infants – such as the schema that helps newborns to suck or grasp. Schemas continue on through a child’s development, and identifying and understanding children’s schemas can provide important information. In this post, a new guest writer for Amplify, Casey Francis, of Gunning Early Learning Centre in rural […]

Real life RAP journey with Tyabb Village – part 4 of 4

Last month we shared learning specialist Kerrie Maguire’s expertise in developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Your responses made it clear that creating a RAP is a high priority for you and frequently linked to your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) goals. There’s nothing educators value more than learning from their colleagues’ experiences. We’re very fortunate […]

Real life RAP journey with Tyabb Village – part 3 of 4

We recently shared on Amplify the expertise of learning specialist Kerrie Maguire in developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Your responses confirmed that creating a RAP is still a high priority for you, frequently linked to your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) goals. There’s nothing educators value more than learning from their colleagues’ experiences. We’re very […]

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