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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 […]

Bambini children with food dyes

Intentional approach to teaching the arts, a success

CELA writer Margaret Paton shares her interview with a centre director whose powerful belief in creative arts education had many positive outcomes this year. Creative arts What does it look like when you have a thriving creative arts program unfurling in your early childhood education setting? Bambini of Lilyfield, a long day care centre in […]

Halloween in Australia

Halloween in Australia – love it or loathe it?

In an article a few years ago, the Sydney Morning Herald described the opposition of the Catholic Church to the rise of Halloween as a family activity, reporting: The Vatican issued a warning to parents, saying they should not allow children to dress up as witches or ghosts for an ”anti-Christian” celebration of ”terror, fear […]

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