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vulnerable parents

Educators trusted by vulnerable parents: analysis shows.

“Just how much a child is put at risk by their parent’s mental health difficulties depends on how much support the family has.” A new analysis shows early childhood educators are especially valued by parents with mental health difficulties, who are less likely to have other trusted adults to turn to for advice about their […]

Safe bush kinder programs

Does ‘safe’ bush kinder lose meaning?

Amplify has often explored ways of thinking about outdoor education, with stories like this one on excursions, this one on nature and anxiety, and this one on children’s attitudes, among our most-read. We’ve also carried many reflections and provocations that point out the elephant in the room: trendy approaches that could do with deeper consideration, […]

Values education

Words boost happiness in this early learning service

Positive psychology, values education, character strengths: these terms are increasingly common in both schools and workplaces, but not yet mainstream in early learning settings. Victorian educator Lisa Baker talks about her research into character strengths and values in a Victorian early years service attached to a school. The program is, she says, boosting children’s wellbeing […]

Westgarth bush kinder

Lighting a fire. The risk at play debate

As autumn weather arrives, many ECE and OSHC services will be looking to head outdoors to take advantage of the not-too-hot, not-too-cold season. How they approach the outdoors, however, is another question. Risk during play in early childhood services is a balance between keeping children as as safe as necessary rather than possible. Westgarth Kindergarten […]

Let’s hear it for the men of MENu

A hard call Last week we chose the winners of our scholarship to the MENu conference in Adelaide in February.  With so many entrants via our Facebook page and website, judging was very difficult. In fact, our judges were so impressed with the quality of applications that instead of awarding two scholarships they chose three. […]

Nugel

Educators must recognise trauma in Aboriginal children in care

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are advised that this story contains images of people who are now deceased. It’s hard not to get emotional watching this video… In an Australian first, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has commenced transferring Guardianship of Aboriginal Children on Children’s Court Protection Orders to the CEO […]

vaccines and natural medicine

When facts aren’t enough: appealing to anti-vax families

A new study led by a researcher from The University of Western Australia has analysed the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by parents who reject some or all vaccines for their children. While the study didn’t find a causal link between the two practices, it did find a connection that might help ECE […]

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