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ANZAC Day in Early Childhood Education Settings: Age-Appropriate books and discussions

Anzac Day on April 25 is a national day of remembrance and commemoration.

Dawn services, wreath laying, and marches are held in towns and cities throughout Australia.

Anzac Day can be a difficult topic to broach for educators and carers of young children. Exploring the theme of ‘What Will I See On Anzac Day’ will provide an opportunity for young children to develop a respectful base knowledge of Australia’s military history which will continue to grow with them.

A book especially written for early childhood educators, families, and care givers to use when exploring Anzac Day concepts with young children. Discovering what children will see, hear and do on Anzac Day provides an opportunity to develop a base knowledge of why we remember and commemorate Anzac Day on the 25th of April. It is also a great resource for Remembrance Day and for general discussion around military concepts with young children.

What Will I See On Anzac Day is available direct through the website:

Or from various museums and shops:

  • The Australian War Memorial- Canberra

  • The Shrine of Remembrance- Melbourne

  • The Darwin Military Museum- Darwin

  • The Red Poppy Art Collective- Brisbane North

  • Rural and Rust- Smithton, Tasmania

  • Dymocks- Neutral Bay, NSW




 About the Author;

Emily is an early childhood teacher and daughter of a Vietnam veteran. She has a passion for embedding inclusive practices throughout the early childhood sector with a focus on military specific commemorations such as Anzac Day. Small Hands Early Learning runs programs to provide children with an age appropriate opportunity to explore military specific events and days while educators build their knowledge in understanding the challenges military families and children face. Emily has founded various projects both within Australia and internationally supporting educators to develop their skills, knowledge, and confidence in embedding inclusive sustainable practices in the early years.

For more information on how to embed inclusive practices, links to frameworks, curriculums and for more hints and tips for educators and families please contact Small Hands Early Learning.

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