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Respectful Water Play

There are many benefits to introducing water play both in connecting children to a natural element and opportunities for learning. However, the current drought and water restrictions across much of Australia mean early childhood services need to be especially careful about how they set up water play. The crucial question is, “How can early childhood […]

Exciting Recycling and other Rs PART 2 – children engage Qantas CEO to reduce waste

What do plastic lids, bees wax and Qantas CEO Alan Joyce have in common? They were all involved in exciting waste reduction initiatives driven by young children and their educators. Last week was Recycling Week and we profiled the first of a number of services who have embraced environmental protection with projects that have engaged […]

Exciting Recycling and other Rs PART I – how children are forging the way in waste reduction

What do plastic lids, bees wax and Qantas have in common? They were all involved in exciting waste reduction initiatives driven by young children and their educators. Since showing respect for the environment became embedded in Outcome 2 of the Early Years Learning Framework (Children are connected with and contribute to their world), services and […]

Safe gardens for children

Grow safely this Spring There’s no doubt that many Australian services have a long tradition of gardening and natural surroundings for young children. Equally, there’s no doubt that through the 1990s and Noughties there was an explosion of ‘plastic fantastic’ outdoor areas for early childhood education, driven in part by a community-wide fear of insurance […]

Seven vertical projects turning play sideways

Has anyone recently asked you to look at things from a different point of view? Maybe you’ve been invited to think outside the box? How about turning your frown upside down? It’s occasionally unsettling, but more often refreshing and engaging, to change the way you view everyday activities. Even more so when you can apply […]

The maths and science of puddles

Annie O’Sullivan returns to Amplify with a wonderful (and wonder-full) contemplation on intentional teaching, play-based learning, mathematics, sciences, and puddles. Not sure how all of that comes together? Read on! Annie’s story covers theory and practice around connections with children and makes use of the puddles that naturally occur in many children’s services and schools […]

Taking a chance on risky play – part two

We introduced you to Linda’s family day care (FDC) and some ideas on risky play with an Amplify article featuring her ‘River Kindy’. If you missed it, catch up here. Last week we began a new piece from Linda, sharing the thought processes and experiences that led to her adoption of such a strong nature play […]

Image credit: Sunshine and Puddles FDC, Linda Tandy

Taking a chance on risky play – part one

We introduced you to Linda’s family day care (FDC) and some ideas on risky play with an Amplify article featuring her ‘River Kindy’. If you missed it, catch up here, and if you’re one of the people who then asked to find out more about risky and natural play, you’re in for a treat today. […]

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