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What is the self assessment tool, and is it mandatory?

One of CELA’s top 10 Assessment and Rating queries is around the self-assessment process and self-assessment tool. In this series of Amplify articles, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about self-assessment, with a view to giving you clarity and confidence around how it fits within the A&R process. Today we answer the […]

Future Tracks takes mentoring to the next level

Future Tracks is a ‘social enterprise’ which aims to support the next generation of early childhood educators with a new and unique approach to mentoring.* “Future Tracks was created to shine a light on the value of the early childhood workforce, and the importance of Early Childhood Education in maintaining a quality future workforce,” says […]

Becoming an Early Childhood Teacher – what to look for and why it’s worthwhile

Some would say that there has never been a better time to become a degree qualified early childhood teacher (ECT). There’s a broad range of courses on offer to meet increased demand due to the sector’s growing needs for preschool teachers, but how do you choose the right course and what are the benefits of […]

Upskilling in early education

On Wednesday 11 September Future Tracks, a social enterprise committed to attracting and supporting the next generation of teachers and leaders in early childhood education, released their research report on Upskilling in early childhood education. The report provides interesting insights into the barriers and opportunities to grow the ECEC workforce. The report was commissioned to […]

Returning to study

Educators need education. The focus on both entry level and ongoing professional development is a fundamental requirement of participation in the National Quality Framework and, more generally, one of the hallmarks of a true profession in the modern world. But sometimes it’s easier said than done. Time, money, confidence, employment, location and awareness can all […]

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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 […]

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A real life RAP journey with Tyabb Village – part one of four

We recently shared on Amplify the expertise of learning specialist Kerrie Maguire in developing an early childhood education service Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). When we shared the story on the CELA Facebook page, your responses confirmed that creating a RAP is a high priority and linked to your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) goals. There’s nothing […]

STEM

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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Teaching in rhythm and rhyme – free PD plan in Rattler Magazine

Bring back the rhyme Think back to your earliest years of memory – at home, in preschool or in school. There’s a good chance that one of your most enduring memories will be in song. It might be a song your mother, grandfather, or bus driver sang, or a song from the end of year […]

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