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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 […]

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 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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STEM steps up

Early childhood educators in Australia need to be proactive about building STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – into their programs. What holds them back?  ‘Children are curious about things like why does ice-cream melt and why do rainbows form, these are things that affect them and their everyday lives.’ By Bec Lloyd and […]

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Who liked you today? Social media for educators

Provocative posts by Rebecca Thompson regularly make it onto Amplify Top Ten lists. An inclusion support professional, Rebecca has a wealth of experience in the sector and an active presence on social media both personally and with her business, Stone and Sprocket. Today she shares something a little different to her previous posts, with a reflection […]

Catch up with our special edition for the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend

Subscribe to Amplify If you’ve already re-subscribed, thank you! But if you haven’t yet can you please spare 60 seconds to  use our faster, more secure, subscribe page to confirm you want us each week? We’re on a little break, but you don’t have to miss out. With six of Australia’s states and territories enjoying the […]

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