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Art when you’re not arty

Darren Brisbane is the author of many inspiring and insightful Amplify stories, often sharing lessons learned at the expense of his own preconceptions.  This story about how he took a complete turnaround on templates for children’s art activities is another example of his candid style.   While Darren works with school-aged children, this article will appeal […]

First release of OSHC survey results

The recent NSW election saw the re-elected Liberal government committing $120 million to a set of promises to help Outside School Hours Care (OSHC, or more commonly ‘OOSH’ in NSW). We rounded up the commitments in a post-election story, and launched a national survey (now closed) to help policy makers better understand the nature of […]

National OSHC Survey 2019

OSHC Survey 2019 Take the national OSHC survey for 2019 and help gather the knowledge we need to share with politicians and policy-makers. Head to this collector link to begin the survey now. There are 30 questions, mostly multiple choice, and it should take around 10 minutes to complete. Take the survey now.   Related […]

OSHC under the spotlight

With vacation care underway in many parts of Australia, and OSHC the centre of some big spending commitments at the recent NSW election, it’s timely to take a look at what’s on offer and how it might play out for educators and school communities. Amplify editor Bec Lloyd speaks to CELA CEO Michele Carnegie in […]

An Around Australia series: transition to school stories, starting in NSW

Introducing our first Around Australia series: transitions to school. The start of school is a major life event for children and families alike.  Research shows us that children who have a positive start in early learning are likely to be more engaged learners at school, and that a positive school transition is also likely to […]

Smallest to tallest: one of our sector’s ‘middle children’ sets the bar high for school transition

…we realised that to achieve harmony we had to change the way we introduced kindergarten children to our service and our program… The start of every school year is filled with mixed emotions for everyone involved. For our team it’s a time of anticipation, reassurance, reflection, and trepidation, as we prepare for what the new […]

Is OSHC the middle child of the sector? Doreen Blyth challenges both early years and middle years educators

Even if you don’t work in OSHC, this story is important: or maybe ‘especially if …’ Like the stereotypical middle child, is middle childhood suffering from not being noticed, or is it a lot more than that? Think about this to set the scene: The OSHC experience should complement the child’s school, family and community experiences, […]

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