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Art when you’re not arty

Darren Brisbane is the author of many inspiring and insightful Amplify stories, often sharing lessons learned at the expense of his own preconceptions.  This story about how he took a complete turnaround on templates for children’s art activities is another example of his candid style.   While Darren works with school-aged children, this article will appeal […]

On your bike! Annie O’Sullivan shares lessons learned in risk

Annie O’Sullivan is an early childhood educator and mentor of 30 years experience who now shares her knowledge, with a colleague, as the Early Years Education Specialists. Annie lectures part time at Wollongong University and recently graduated from Macquarie University with a Master of Early Childhood. In today’s story, Annie celebrates her experience of embracing risky […]

Cuteness vs curiosity

Beth Sebesfi is an early childhood teacher and mother of three daughters aged 5, 3 and not-yet-1. From time to time she shares with us the professional insights arising from her personal experiences with children at work and home. Today’s story is a reflection on the impact of seeing children through a lens of ‘cuteness’.  […]

Parenting with a growth mindset

Mother’s Day is only a fortnight away and many educators are reflecting on how – or if – they should help children celebrate the occasion. Instead of craft templates, today we’re introducing you to Beth Sebesfi, an early childhood teacher and writer who also happens to be the ever-learning mother of three girls now aged […]

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 […]

Tales from a River Kindy

“She started drawing in the wet sand, placing her found items in just the right way. As she began, I walked away. This was not my experience, it was hers and it’s not my right to interpret what she is doing.” New Amplify guest writer Linda Tandy is a nature based educator with Inspired Family […]

Making observations more meaningful with video

Sarah Riddell, early childhood teacher and blogger, returns to Amplify with this consideration of technology in documentation. While some in the sector remain vexed about the use of image captures for documenting children’s learning stories, Sarah takes a strongly practical approach and examines how educators could make technology work harder for them. With most of […]

Safe bush kinder programs

Does ‘safe’ bush kinder lose meaning?

Amplify has often explored ways of thinking about outdoor education, with stories like this one on excursions, this one on nature and anxiety, and this one on children’s attitudes, among our most-read. We’ve also carried many reflections and provocations that point out the elephant in the room: trendy approaches that could do with deeper consideration, […]

Did you miss it? Top five from 2018

Welcome back to Amplify in 2019. We’re starting the year in traditional style, looking forward and back. Looking ahead, there’s a story tapping into the New Year resolutions many of you are making to improve your own and the children’s physical activity and guess what? Research is saying that improving educator and parent activity is […]

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 […]

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