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Get ready for Harmony Week 2019

17-23 March 2019 Almost 50% of all Australians were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas, a fact that the organisers of Harmony Week 2019 are keen to share this year. That’s right: Harmony Week. This year is the first time organisers (currently the Australian Department of Home Affairs) have extended […]

Epigenetics evidence for early learning experiences

Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child has released an information package including the below infographic explaining the emerging science of epigenetics (not to be confused with eugenics). Epigenetics sounds very complicated and science-y, and indeed it is, but we decided to share this research package because it is a field that’s starting to shed fascinating light on the impact of […]

Check out ECA’s top resource shares from Early Learning, Everyone Benefits

“Thank you for opening up a productive discussion in Amplify about how early childhood educators can use a range of resources to talk to colleagues and parents about the importance of the first five years.” We loved receiving this message from Carolin Wenzel and the team at Early Childhood Australia after we invited contributions of […]

Get real about physical activity in early learning

Happy new year! We’re resuming publication with a story that is probably close to your heart right now: what makes an exercise or physical activity program really ‘stick’ so it goes beyond a new year’s resolution and becomes a daily part of your life. In this case, we’re talking about children’s programs and Amplify editor […]

Parent communication tools for your QIP

Element 6.1.3 Families are supported Current information is available to families about the service and relevant community services and resources to support parenting and family wellbeing What does Element 6.1.3 mean at your service? Is it the brochure rack in reception with pamphlets for nappy services, swimming classes, and the local medical centre? Is it […]

Poppies on Armistice Day

Talking to young children about Remembrance Day

This Saturday is Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day. While few children’s services will be open, many children will have seen poppy badges being sold on street corners, or be aware of older siblings participating in commemoration ceremonies at school on Friday. They may wonder, on the weekend, why adults around them suddenly go […]

Video resources: supporting school transition for children with developmental delays or disabilities

These videos and many more resources can be found at www.transitiontoschoolresource.org.au. All videos are © 2017 ECIA NSW Transition to School Resource.  Read more about this aspect of transition to school programs in this post by guest writer Emma Pierce. Early planning   Getting ready to start school   Working together Early days of school   […]

Six top tips for helping children with delays or disabilities transition to school: Emma Pierce

Emma Pierce, an early learning inclusion specialist, returns to share more tried-and-tested resources for educators supporting children with developmental delays or disabilities transition to school.  Developed by ECIA NSW/ACT, the resources can be applied to any educational setting, anywhere, and are relevant to all educators. We have included the ECIA videos that relate to Emma’s […]

Community engagement in a box: how the Little Free Libraries took off at Acacia Ridge

Acacia Ridge is a south-western suburb of Brisbane. It has a large industrial zone, an ice skating rink, and no public library.  About 20% of children were starting school in that area without the basic language skills they needed to do well. Read this story sent to Amplify by The Benevolent Society about how their early […]

How can we work better together on a Working Together Agreement? Emma Pierce returns with more NDIS insights

Early childhood educators know we need to collaborate to support inclusion for young children with developmental delay or disability, but it isn’t always easy. Emma Pierce’s last blog explained how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) relates to educators. In today’s post, Emma talks about some potential challenges that can emerge in the context of […]

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