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Take a look at your book nook

We’ve reflected on at mud kitchens lately with fascinating results, so how about another must-have feature of the modern early childhood education service: the book nook? Like water play, quiet reading areas have been around for decades. But just as water play now often presents itself within the hip recycled timbers of a mud kitchen, for […]

Trauma in early childhood

What does it mean to support a child who’s experienced trauma?

Sarah Riddell returns to Amplify this week to share her understanding of the causes, signs and support actions for children who have experienced some form of trauma. As Sarah says, the first thing to accept is that this is a complex area, but her guide and suggestions will simplify your professional role and this article […]

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Preschool graduation days, part two

Preschool Graduation Last week, Danielle Bopping shared part one of this two-part reflection + advice article about the practice of early learning graduation ceremonies. In the first part, Danielle set the context for graduations through the ages and the dressing up – for adults and children – that accompanies them. That article looked at the […]

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Preschool graduations – who are they really for?

‘Tis the season to graduate preschool, or move ‘up’ a room… Danielle Bopping is one of Amplify’s original contributors and we’re always glad when she has time to put fingers to keyboard and share her thoughts. This is part one of a two-part reflection + advice article about the practice of early learning graduations. Are […]

Handprint art - craft or craptivity?

Do you stand by the hand (print)?

Creative craft activity or craptivity? Another season, another round of educators vigorously sharing ‘so cute’ handprint craft activities in online professional groups, with an equally vigorous howling down from those opposing the practice as adult-directed and anti-children’s agency. It seems like a simple enough argument but the complications include this kicker frequently used by defenders of […]

Amplify article by Bec Lloyd

The problem with mud kitchens is…

Nobody else but the rosebush knows How nice mud feels Between the toes. From the short poem Mud, by Polly Chase Boyden Mud, mud, glorious mud, goes the old music hall song*, and mud play in mud kitchens has become a standard feature of many early childhood services. ACECQA’s document for the Early Years Learning […]

The Tribe

Early Childhood Australia’s biennial* conference was held in Sydney this year and Community Early Learning Australia, a long-time supporter of ECA, attended as an exhibitor. The experience of immersion among 2000 educators left CELA CEO Michele Carnegie pondering the nature of the early childhood and OSHC sector in Australia, and led to this reflection and […]

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A real life RAP journey with Tyabb Village, part 2 of 4

After we shared on Amplify the expertise of learning specialist Kerrie Maguire in developing an early childhood education service Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), your responses confirmed that creating a RAP is a high priority and linked to your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) goals. Since there’s nothing educators like more than learning from colleagues’ experiences and […]

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A real life RAP journey with Tyabb Village – part one of four

We recently shared on Amplify the expertise of learning specialist Kerrie Maguire in developing an early childhood education service Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). When we shared the story on the CELA Facebook page, your responses confirmed that creating a RAP is a high priority and linked to your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) goals. There’s nothing […]

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