By CELA 26 Jan, 2023

Four benefits of singing with young children

You don’t need to be Beyonce to include singing as part of your program. Whether you are a confident singer or otherwise, the tunes you sing could be having a much bigger impact on the children than you realise. Warm up your vocal cords as we explore the benefits of singing in an early childhood setting. 

By Deborah Hoger 15 Dec, 2022

What it means to be visibly culturally capable

Deborah Hoger explores what it means to be visibly culturally capable to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, and why a parent should not have to dig too deeply to find out how an early education and care service is incorporating First Nations culture respectfully.  

By Darren Halim 14 Dec, 2022

Why we need to refresh our appreciation of reading aloud

“We let down our guard when someone we love is reading us a story. We exist together in a little patch of warmth and light.” – Kate DiCamillo 

Research shows that reading to children has a significant positive effect on their development and can be beneficial for adults too. Yet, Early Childhood Teacher Darren Halim has found that reading aloud is often underestimated as a learning experience in early education and care settings.  

Darren explores what the research says about the benefits of reading aloud to children and why it’s so much better for children to listen to people reading, rather than listening to reading on devices. 

By CELA 8 Dec, 2022

How you can help to develop a vision for the future of early learning

The future of early learning is on the national agenda. This year, the new Government signalled a strong commitment to ECEC policy, with record investments at a federal level and in some states and territories. These strategies, as well as the enquiries planned for 2023, aim to deliver better outcomes for children and families across Australia. 

CELA CEO Michele Carnegie is a member of the Front Project's Apiary Fellowship, which is developing a vision for the future of early education. The Apiary Fellowship are calling for input from children across Australia: here’s how you can get involved.  

By Megan Black 7 Dec, 2022

How Futuro Childcare and Education were inspired to try an innovative leadership approach

When the management team at soon-to-be-opened Futuro Childcare & Education advertised for educators to join their new service, they didn't expect to receive so many exceptional applications. Rather than turn quality educators away during such a challenging time for recruitment, they decided to look for ways to offer great opportunities to as many applicants as possible. 

After seeing our recent Amplify! article on distributed leadership at Euroka Children's Centre, the Futuro team decided to contact Euroka's Director Lorriene Bullivant to further explore the model. Find out how the Futuro team managed to attract such a great group of educators, what they learned from the team at Euroka, and what they are planning moving forward. 

By Stephanie Seidler 1 Dec, 2022

Overcome celebration apprehension with author Stephanie Seidler

Do you sometimes struggle to know how to talk about holidays and celebrations in a mindful and inclusive manner? 

Stephanie Seidler is a New York based early educator and published author who is passionate about promoting meaningful and inclusive educational experiences for children. She has just published a book called Celebration Babies, aimed at giving early educators a simple way to talk about and share diverse holidays with young children.  

In this Amplify! article, Stephanie tells us about the inspiration behind her book and how we can embrace all celebrations in an enthusiastic way.  

By CELA 28 Nov, 2022

Regulator spotlight: Important changes for services to be aware of

Education and care services should be aware of two important changes recently made to NSW and Commonwealth Government policies:

  1. The NSW Minister for Education and Early Learning has released a Minister’s Statement of Expectations. It means all education and care services can expect a visit from the regulator at least once each year. 

  1. The Commonwealth Government has changed the rules about inducements—it means iPads and other financial incentives to encourage families to enrol at a service are not permitted from January 2023. 

Read on to find out the detail about these new changes and how they could impact your service.  

By CELA 18 Nov, 2022

Celebrating Maria Pender's lifelong career in early childhood education

Recently, Maria Pender retired from CELA's board after a lifetime career in early childhood education.

Maria Pender is a woman who believes that if you can do something to make a difference, then that’s what you should do. Over her long and respected career as an early childhood educator, Maria made a difference in the lives of many children, educators and families. 

We celebrate Maria's career highlights and share how she went from working in a local kindergarten aged 11, to championing sustainability and innovation as the Director of Clovelly Child Care Centre and setting up programs at Macquarie University that enabled Indigenous students to become early childhood teachers. 

By Meg Anastasi 14 Nov, 2022

Tips for communicating respectfully with children

Children learn a lot about conversations from speaking with adults. Speaking respectfully with children will help them learn how to speak respectfully with friends and adults, contributing to their social and emotional development.

Early Childhood Teacher Meg Anastasi shares some tips and ideas about how to speak respectfully with children in various early childhood education situations. 

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