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Aussie educators lifting spirits

“I believe that this is a time of significance for our sector, and for families attending early childhood services. We have the opportunity to influence, impact and encourage our families in a way that has never been done before.” Blake Stewart, Director of St Luke’s Preschool, in Dapto, NSW   While the world faces a […]

Remote teaching – how early educators in China and Italy are engaging with families

In some countries, early childhood education and care services have been closed for months. Many educators are running amazing remote learning sessions that are keeping children connected and giving isolated families hope, inspiration and a purpose to their day. In this week’s Amplify! We find out what it’s like teaching remotely in China and Italy, […]

Love makes a family – an inclusive practice project

By Kathryn Albany, Early Childhood Teacher (preschool room), Explore and Develop, Lilyfield In early 2019, educators at our long day care centre decided that we wanted to celebrate family diversity. This was partly to represent the different families in our centre, however we also wanted to model inclusion for all children and families. This is […]

Busting parent stereotypes – how to look beyond the helicopter, lawnmower and tiger parent

The Dictionary of Psychology (1999) defines stereotyping as an ‘over-generalised’ belief that people from a certain group will behave in a certain way. Our brains nurture stereotypes because they help us to rapidly respond to other people.  It’s a form of prediction: a temptation to think we can see a little into the future by […]

Amplifying reaching out to weather impacted communities and a curated list of helpful resources

Our nation has recently been exposed to catastrophic fire, drought, dust storms and hail the size of golf balls. These extreme weather conditions have impacted greatly on the health and wellbeing of many of our members, their local communities and the wider population. It’s important that you know that the CELA team is here to […]

Missed moments

It’s a common enough realisation: you’re standing at the end of year barbeque or concert, chatting to one of the regular parents you see in your service most weeks, while looking at a crowd of unfamiliar adult faces. Grandparents might be there, and aunties, uncles, older siblings… but most of all, there are  those parents […]

Learning about literacy

Literacy in the early years encompasses much more than reading, drawing and writing. Leonie Arthur explores early childhood educators’ critical role in supporting and extending children’s literacy learning. Contemporary definitions of literacy encompass viewing and creating visual and multimodal texts as well as the more traditional skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. In an […]

Beach safety competition

Unfortunately, our coastline can be a dangerous playground, so learning to educate children early on how to stay safe while enjoying our beautiful beaches is vital. In conjunction with Surf Life Saving Australia, Boyd Conrick has just published a second beach safety book for children aged 3-7 years. Following on from the first book, At […]

CELA’s 2019 Learning & Development calendar – exciting NEW sessions put theory into action

A different way of learning that puts theory into action Building your understanding of early learning theories is important but understanding how you can apply your learnings in everyday practice is what makes training truly rewarding. We’ve been giving a lot of thought to how we can make learning as effective as possible and we’re […]

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