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Children and chooks

Children and chooks

If animals can be a child’s fourth educator, have you thought about a two legged beastie becoming a bestie for children at your service? We’re looking at hens this week, one of the closest living relations of dinosaurs and yet also one of humanity’s longest running domestic animal companions. Amplify editor Bec Lloyd checks out […]

learning goals

An 8 step plan to kick your learning goals in 2019

Goals for the year ahead The year ahead is full of promise for improvement. Your diary is still crisp and clean. Your calendar still has potential for meaningful development time for your room, team or organisation. You even have a bit of budget to work with…So why haven’t you set your professional development goals yet? […]

conversations

Five ways to better conversations with children

Great conversations make us feel good about ourselves and our place in the world, no matter how old we are.  Orders, directions, and demands for information, on the other hand, make us feel at best dutiful and at worst, resentful and annoyed.  Often we fall into a pattern of verbally directing and demanding without intending […]

Parent communication research reaps benefits for educators too

Every once in a while a piece of research emerges which is not only outstanding in its content, but also beautifully practical. This description covers the package of research and tools from a recently released FrameWorks Institute report, Talking about the Science of Parenting, developed in partnership with Australia’s Parenting Research Centre. We will bring […]

New research trial on back sleeping for pregnant women

The Red Nose organisation has long been a reliable source for early childhood services, as well as families all over Australia.  Instrumental from its earliest days in research to prevent ‘cot death’, Red Nose continues to fund life-saving research, advocacy and public education about all forms of sudden, unexpected deaths in infancy.  The most recent […]

Family and educator resources for early childhood trauma

Last week’s article from Sarah Riddell explored what it means to support a child with trauma and suggested actions including building your knowledge of referrals for families to help their children. If you have these contact numbers accessible all of  the time, and ideally the name of someone within that support service, you can more […]

Exploring schema to develop Fundamental Movement Skills

You might be aware of schema for infants – such as the schema that helps newborns to suck or grasp. Schemas continue on through a child’s development, and identifying and understanding children’s schemas can provide important information.  In this post, a new guest writer for Amplify, Casey Francis, of Gunning Early Learning Centre in rural […]

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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 […]

No way will a snow day stop the play

  ‘Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlig klær!’ (Norwegian saying: There is no bad weather only bad clothes) Baby, it’s cold outside, so we’re playing indoors until spring is sprung, right? Why would you risk colds and flus, grizzly children, wet clothing, and perhaps anxious educators and unhappy parents? We might love those images […]

social justice in early learning

 Children as citizens – social justice in the early years

Philanthropy: the desire to promote the welfare of others Inspired by social justice and educator research projects centred on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the education team at Wellbank Children’s Centre explored the question: How can we better advocate the philanthropic participation of children within the wider community? Elesha Nounnis, […]

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