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Nancy Chang explains the new NSW Quality Ratings Guide

In brief: NSW services must display new quality ratings graphic from July 2020 Changes motivated by two key research studies showing lack of family understanding and National Quality Review feedback Impact of the graphic to be evaluated with independent parent research NSW RA confirms cultural shift to ‘strength-based’ A&R approach $13 million fund to expand […]

Jodie Harrison returns to NSW Shadow ECE portfolio

It’s always a positive when a politician appointed to an educational post brings with them some knowledge and, ideally, practical experience of the portfolio. So in NSW, home to one-third of Australia’s children, it’s a welcome back to the new ALP Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning, Jodie Harrison, who previously held the role from […]

First release of OSHC survey results

The recent NSW election saw the re-elected Liberal government committing $120 million to a set of promises to help Outside School Hours Care (OSHC, or more commonly ‘OOSH’ in NSW). We rounded up the commitments in a post-election story, and launched a national survey (now closed) to help policy makers better understand the nature of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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