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What’s your rank? We look at how ECE fares in Australia’s cabinets

With a significant cabinet announcement for ECE in NSW, we take a spin around the nation to see how each state and territory treats early childhood education in Cabinet Minister rankings. How does your jurisdiction stack up?  New South Wales The NSW Premier has elevated her Early Childhood Education Minister, Sarah Mitchell, to the state’s […]

Fact: children are too important for politics

Children are too important for politics One third of Australia faced an election last weekend. We’ve been bringing you the NSW issues in some detail because, more than usual, this state contest and the Victorian election before it, have featured promises with national implications. The re-elected Premier promised NSW “could have it all”  – and […]

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Our Voice Is Loud

This is a big year for elections and even though NSW will be voting this Saturday, the campaigning is far from over as the Australian election is expected before the end of May.  Neither election has a certain outcome, although unlike Victoria’s landslide to Labor last year, pundits are generally predicting much closer results in NSW […]

NSW votes on early learning: the Minister’s response

Election countdown As we’ve previously shared, the NSW election has raised early learning and OSHC issues to a higher level than we’ve seen in many years. The inclusion of Federal Labor in the state-based promises is also sending signals to educators across Australia about what an ALP Commonwealth government might have in store following the […]

Check out ECA’s top resource shares from Early Learning, Everyone Benefits

“Thank you for opening up a productive discussion in Amplify about how early childhood educators can use a range of resources to talk to colleagues and parents about the importance of the first five years.” We loved receiving this message from Carolin Wenzel and the team at Early Childhood Australia after we invited contributions of […]

Focus on first five

Five first five videos

First five Back when the National Quality Framework was new and the world was young, there was a buzz in government and sector circles around one particular project being developed to help parents understand why quality education and care mattered so much to Australia’s children.  It went by various names over a two or three […]

Qualifications lead to quality

When we talk about quality early childhood education, one of the commonly accepted prerequisites is qualified educators. It’s a pillar of the National Quality Framework and the NQF’s support of higher levels of qualification for all people working with children has had a life-altering effect on many in the sector. Amplify’s editor Bec Lloyd spoke […]

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Five ways to better conversations with children

Great conversations make us feel good about ourselves and our place in the world, no matter how old we are.  Orders, directions, and demands for information, on the other hand, make us feel at best dutiful and at worst, resentful and annoyed.  Often we fall into a pattern of verbally directing and demanding without intending […]

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 […]

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 […]

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