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ECE in the election

In person or online, you can join the 2019 National Early Childhood Election Forum presented by the Early Learning Everyone Benefits Campaign Thursday 2 May, from 6.30-8pm Confirmed speakers so far: Amanda Rishworth (ALP) and Janet Rice (Greens) Wheeler Centre, Melbourne OR livestream from the Early Childhood Australia Facebook page on any device Tickets are free. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Easy framework for hard conversations

Amplify editor Bec Lloyd writes about her E-E-E-Easy to remember guide for preparing to have a difficult conversation. Gut-wrenching Your stomach is churning, your pounding temples are pulling your eyes back into your skull, your shoulders are tightly wedged under your ears, and you just realised you’ve been tapping your pen so long that it’s […]

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 […]

Use infant mental health strategies 5 ways for sleep settling

Use infant mental health strategies five ways to settle infants and toddlers to sleep

With Infant Mental Health Awareness Week around the corner(11-17 June 2018), this article from Cindy Davenport is a timely reminder of the importance of having an infant mental approach to sleep and settling the children in your care.  Under ACECQA’s NQF revisions, every service must have a policy on sleep for children, but not all […]

Keep calm and meet the assessor

Keep calm and QIP it! The story of an unexpected R&A inspection

What would you do if your service only had one business day to submit your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) and just eight business days to prepare for an assessment and rating by the NSW regulatory authority? This happened to Emma Armitage, Centre Coordinator of Victoria Avenue Children’s Centre, a 47-place long-day care service managed by the City of Canada Bay, Sydney, when their written notification was lost in the mail. Emma’s been at the three-year-old service since day one and built her team from the ground up. Here’s their story, as told to CELA writer Margaret Paton.

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