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Five ways to better conversations with children

Great conversations make us feel good about ourselves and our place in the world, no matter how old we are.  Orders, directions, and demands for information, on the other hand, make us feel at best dutiful and at worst, resentful and annoyed.  Often we fall into a pattern of verbally directing and demanding without intending […]

Won't you be my neighbour

Won’t you be my neighbour? What Mr Rogers might teach Australians about talking to children

Most Australians wouldn’t look to American television as a leader in communication with children, but we might be missing something truly wonderful in the science and discipline the late Fred Rogers brought to his show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Amplify’s editor Bec Lloyd shares her appreciation of the writing craft behind the man, and finds some […]


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 […]

Have we learned our ABCs? The rise, fall, and rise again of big business in early learning services

Below is an abridged version of the Community Child Care Co-operative submission to the draft NSW State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for Education and Child Care.  Shortly after we sent this to the Planning Department our CEO Diane Lawson was interviewed by ABC TV on the subject, and we entered discussions with other concerned parties including the Australian Shadow […]

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