Community Early Learning Australia has released a report that highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, and the importance of early education in the nation’s recovery. We are calling for childcare support to continue to ensure vulnerable children do not miss out on vital care. “With so many families losing jobs and income, […]
Me-time or ‘meh’ time? One thing we know (and research backs it up) is that in so-called caring professions like education, people find it even more difficult to create ‘me-time’ or the kind of self-care that rejuvenates flagging spirits and revives tired bodies. We often find it hard to follow the oxygen mask advice […]
In this week’s Amplify we share a story from Emma Harrison, the Centre Coordinator for Victoria Avenue Children’s Centre in Sydney. She writes about their wellbeing program MIndfully Me, a healthy community initiative devised as part of their QIP, and how it has positively impacted the staff. Over the past 6 months the team at […]
We don’t think of young children as having ‘mental health problems’ but any educator will have experience of dealing with children who were overwhelmed by their emotions, and have sometimes felt challenged by the behaviour of toddlers and pre-schoolers. In fact the early years are a crucial time when children’s brains are developing the architecture […]
Mother’s Day is only a fortnight away and many educators are reflecting on how – or if – they should help children celebrate the occasion. Instead of craft templates, today we’re introducing you to Beth Sebesfi, an early childhood teacher and writer who also happens to be the ever-learning mother of three girls now aged […]
Spring is a great time to refresh and renew your environment at work. Do you need some inspiration to transform a space in your service into a sanctuary? CELA gets you on track. Story by CELA writers Margaret Paton and Bec Lloyd. A room with a view to wellbeing Unlike schools, not every early learning […]
In this final article in the series, Niyati ties together the practical examples of wellbeing support at her service with the extensive pedagogical and psychological theory behind her strategies. A list of references for further reading is included.
Martel Menz is a well known Australian advocate for quality early childhood education and recognition of educators. While Martel is a leader in the AEU, she penned this article for Amplify! describing her approach to ‘everyday’ activism and how making small differences every day can make a big difference when the major issues roll around. We’d […]