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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 […]

Little town packs a big impact in quality early learning

Blayney Early Learners is based in a town of 3,500 people in Central West NSW. CELA writer, Margaret Paton, spoke to Director Georgie Hobby at a time when the service is updating its philosophy and preparing to engage in an international research program – exciting times that will resonate with many educators and directors no […]

There’s a track winding back from the outback box that inspired this street library

We love a good library story here at Amplify, and we were happy to publish this story from Sue Motley and Leigh Best, CELA members from Armidale Community Preschool, sharing the experience of installing a street library at their community preschool in northern NSW. Outback boxes The idea for a Street Library was sparked during a […]

Danielle Layton and children

Spotlight on a sea change director: Danielle Layton, Byron Bay

Do you daydream about your ideal work and home location? Have you already made a sea change or tree change, or moved from the country to a city life?  This week we share an interview with Danielle Layton, and hear the outcome of her move to Australia’s easternmost town: Byron Bay. Use the blog comments […]

Bambini children with food dyes

Intentional approach to teaching the arts, a success

CELA writer Margaret Paton shares her interview with a centre director whose powerful belief in creative arts education had many positive outcomes this year. Creative arts What does it look like when you have a thriving creative arts program unfurling in your early childhood education setting? Bambini of Lilyfield, a long day care centre in […]

vaccines and natural medicine

When facts aren’t enough: appealing to anti-vax families

A new study led by a researcher from The University of Western Australia has analysed the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by parents who reject some or all vaccines for their children. While the study didn’t find a causal link between the two practices, it did find a connection that might help ECE […]

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 […]

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