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AEDC 2018 state by state (a simple guide)

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) reports every three years on how Australian children have developed by the time they start school. It looks at five areas of early childhood development domains: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, and communication skills and general knowledge. The 2018 report is out […]

Following James the Adventurer

The source of some of Amplify’s most popular articles on excursions, Su Garret of Explore and Develop Annandale, returns with a story about taking the children on bird watching excursions from their inner Sydney service all the way to Central Australia, without even needing a permission slip! Read Su’s story now to find out how […]

Belittlement isn't what we teach children

‘How do we rebound from this?’ Life in the regulatory naughty corner

Recently we shared information about how the publication of enforcement actions – based on the public’s right to know about major compliance breaches and prosecutions – can differ from state to state. While Section 270 of the National Regulation says each regulatory authority may publish information, not all choose to do so. Currently the ACT […]

Starting Early for a Better Future

Transition to school series reaches the Northern Territory

We continue our Around Australia Transition to School series by heading this week to the Top End. The region’s remoteness, low early childhood education attendance rates, and high proportion of developmentally vulnerable children brings with it unique challenges. In 2015, 37.2 per cent of Northern Territory children were developmentally vulnerable compared to 22.0 per cent […]

Starting Early for a Better Future

Hats off to the Northern Territory

You know what doesn’t make sense? Policies for children’s education and wellbeing that only plan two or three years into the future. So today we’re taking our wide-brimmed hats off to the Hon Nicole Manison MLA, the Northern Territory’s Minister for Children, for releasing a draft 10 year plan, Starting Early for a Better Future, which aims […]

national children's week 2017

National Children’s Week 2017

No matter where you will celebrate Children’s Week (October 21-29 2017), we’ve got you covered. This year’s Children’s Week National Theme is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 29 Education should develop each child’s personality and talents to the full. It should encourage children to respect their parents, their cultures and […]


When two policies collide: vaccination and universal access across Australia

The story so far… In March this year, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote to all state and territory governments asking them to exclude children from any early childhood service or preschool unless they were immunised against preventable diseases or had a valid medical exemption. The intention was to close the ‘loophole’ present in many […]

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