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Anzac Day in the early years

While Easter occupies many early childhood educators’ thoughts and programs at present, this year Anzac* Day is less than a week after Good Friday. Will your service be commemorating both events? Neither? One but not the other? Let us know in the comments or on CELA’s social media accounts. In the meantime we’ve put together […]

What’s your rank? We look at how ECE fares in Australia’s cabinets

With a significant cabinet announcement for ECE in NSW, we take a spin around the nation to see how each state and territory treats early childhood education in Cabinet Minister rankings. How does your jurisdiction stack up?  New South Wales The NSW Premier has elevated her Early Childhood Education Minister, Sarah Mitchell, to the state’s […]

Prepare for World Poetry Day

Early childhood and early primary years educators are quite possibly the most active poetry readers in Australia.  Don’t laugh: it’s true! Regardless of whether you have sonnets by your bedside, or you don’t know your iambic from your pentameter, chances are that you read aloud from a book of poetry nearly every day at work. Poetry […]

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 […]

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 […]

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