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Family and educator resources for early childhood trauma

Last week’s article from Sarah Riddell explored what it means to support a child with trauma and suggested actions including building your knowledge of referrals for families to help their children. If you have these contact numbers accessible all of  the time, and ideally the name of someone within that support service, you can more […]

Argh! Why won’t they just sit still?

Sarah Riddell is an early childhood teacher with a passion for inclusion and a current career goal of sharing her experience and knowledge with colleagues and other peers in the sector. Her first article for Amplify looks at the effects of ‘fidget’ behaviours on children, educators, and of course, the fidgeter themselves. Is the fiddling […]

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 […]

Getting started and creating your RAP

We continue sharing stories to help your early learning service compile its Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP). Writer Margaret Paton spoke to CELA’s Learning and Development Specialist, Kerrie Maguire, who offers starting points for services to begin to acknowledge and respect Aboriginal Australia. This article is presented in Kerrie’s words, shared directly with you. Begin the […]

No way will a snow day stop the play

  ‘Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlig klær!’ (Norwegian saying: There is no bad weather only bad clothes) Baby, it’s cold outside, so we’re playing indoors until spring is sprung, right? Why would you risk colds and flus, grizzly children, wet clothing, and perhaps anxious educators and unhappy parents? We might love those images […]

That special something...

That special something – a reflection

Darren Brisbane, program manager at Sherpa Kids St Pauls, returns to share a story that began as an article about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in OSHC for Science Week this week, but it became something more – something quite special. This is a reflection on the way one staff member’s passions can change a […]

Learning Links

Practice and philosophy at a preschool for all children

An inclusive preschool, Learning Links, of Peakhurst NSW, reveals to CELA writer Margaret Paton how it goes about welcoming children of all abilities into its service. ‘It’s all in the welcome.’ Member profile: Learning Links Preschool, Do you talk with your hands? How about signing? Welcome to Learning Links, an early learning service where all […]

Won't you be my neighbour

Won’t you be my neighbour? What Mr Rogers might teach Australians about talking to children

Most Australians wouldn’t look to American television as a leader in communication with children, but we might be missing something truly wonderful in the science and discipline the late Fred Rogers brought to his show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Amplify’s editor Bec Lloyd shares her appreciation of the writing craft behind the man, and finds some […]

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 […]

Happy birthday Amplify!

Amplify celebrates one year – thanks to you!

Comment: A fabulous article Dani … one that we can all share as well as reflect upon! Vivienne, response to Does style triumph over substance by Danielle Bopping On April 27 2018 Amplify is one year old, and what a wonderful experience our contributors and readers have made the past 12 months. Your clicks, shares, comments […]

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