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The maths and science of puddles

Annie O’Sullivan returns to Amplify with a wonderful (and wonder-full) contemplation on intentional teaching, play-based learning, mathematics, sciences, and puddles. Not sure how all of that comes together? Read on! Annie’s story covers theory and practice around connections with children and makes use of the puddles that naturally occur in many children’s services and schools […]

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 […]

How handy is your handwashing policy_

How handy is your handwashing policy?

Handwashing and drying might sound trivial to the uninitiated, but getting it right is a major action for reducing the spread of infectious diseases and staying healthy when working with children. This story is by CELA Writers Margaret Paton and Bec Lloyd Along with curriculum and ethics, work safety and inclusion, there’s another core topic […]

Hands on environmental education in bushcare

  Outdoor education is a priority for many early learning services. The rich experiences can make remarkable differences in the way children learn even after they are back under a ceiling. This week we hear from a service that asked the children how to embed sustainability education into its program.  CELA writer Margaret Paton spoke to […]

Wilma Murdoch

Rethinking and engaging in sustainability education

Has sustainability education lost its impact? Is it an over-used term now, with its meaning muddied beyond worm farms and recycled craft paper? Wilma Murdoch, adjunct lecturer at CSU and board member at Seed Harvest Spoon, considers the question for Amplify this week and explains her answer, “Yes, no, don’t give up”. Wilma brings 25 […]

Bella the Bunny

Is your service’s fourth educator scratching at the door?

Pets can be the fourth educator in early childhood settings, as Victoria Avenue Children’s Centre shows with its Tiny Tails program. Scroll to the end for more helpful links. By Margaret Paton, CELA Writer Can animals be the ‘fourth educator’ in early childhood settings? That’s the case Monash University educator Jane Bone made in her research […]

Danielle Layton and children

Spotlight on a sea change director: Danielle Layton, Byron Bay

Do you daydream about your ideal work and home location? Have you already made a sea change or tree change, or moved from the country to a city life?  This week we share an interview with Danielle Layton, and hear the outcome of her move to Australia’s easternmost town: Byron Bay. Use the blog comments […]

Juvenile stick insects, or nymphs. Image credit: Gaby Flavin

I like big bugs and I cannot lie! A sticky (insect) tale from Gaby Flavin

Gabrielle (Gaby) Flavin is a new contributor to Amplify and brings us a six-legged story of bug-care in early and middle years services. A multi-talented and experienced educational leader, Gaby has a particular passion for animal welfare and, as you will read, her exposure to animal-keeping has had a firm effect on her approach to […]

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