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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, […]

Amplify article by Bec Lloyd

The problem with mud kitchens is…

Nobody else but the rosebush knows How nice mud feels Between the toes. From the short poem Mud, by Polly Chase Boyden Mud, mud, glorious mud, goes the old music hall song*, and mud play in mud kitchens has become a standard feature of many early childhood services. ACECQA’s document for the Early Years Learning […]

Lindy telling stories outdoors

Storytelling in the natural world

You’ve heard people say food tastes better outdoors? Well stories sound better outside too! Lindy Mitchell-Nilsson of Heart to Heart Storytelling returns to Amplify as a guest writer this week to share the experiences she and her husband and fellow-storyteller Ulf Nilsson enjoy when they tell tales to children in nature and about nature – a […]

Ignite conference banner 2017

Ignite your inner fire for outdoor education!

Ignite conference returns – CELA’s third annual outdoor education PD – 13-15 October 2017 – Hawkesbury region, Sydney     Ignite is back! We’ve partnered with our friends at Ngroo Education Inc., Raw and Unearthed and Wild Ground to bring you an exciting program of team-building and hands-on workshops in the great outdoors. Experience the latest in outdoor […]

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