Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2018

Centre Tours

 

Centre tours  

A range of centre tours have been planned for delegates to make the most out of their conference experience. Tours can be booked online during the registration process, there are a limited number of places available, book now!

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Tour 1: Explore and discover children’s spaces—SOLD OUT 

This  day trip to Wollongong on the South Coast will take you to a community-based Occasional Care Centre, another community-based preschool offering a bushland program, and finally, the ‘Early Start Discovery Space’ at the University of Wollongong.

  • Short Street Occasional Care Centre: It has well-established sustainability practices with a community garden and beehives within a suburban setting.
  • Keiraville Community Preschool: Established in 1952, this preschool has a vast natural play space and incorporates many aspects of its bushland setting with the preschool program. The centre has an internationally-recognised ‘Transition to School Program’ through Columbia University, USA.
  • Early Start Discovery Space: Australia’s only dedicated ‘children’s museum’ and the first-of-its-kind in the world based on a university campus, The Early Start Discovery Space is operated and supported by the University of Wollongong. As a hands-on creative learning venue, the Early Start Discovery Space has been specifically designed for children from birth to 10 years and their accompanying families, carers, educators and teachers.

What to bring: Hats, sunscreen, flat shoes

Date: Wednesday 19 September
Departure: 7.30 am
Return: 3.30 pm
Max number: 30
Cost: $110.00 per person

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Tour 2: Early learning centres with ‘Exceeding NQS’ rating—Inner Western Sydney—SOLD OUT 

This tour visits three inner city early learning centres, all rated as ‘Exceeding’ under the National Quality Framework. Each centre is unique in its pedagogy and reflects its local community.

  • Gowrie NSW Erskineville Early Education and Care: It’s the original Lady Gowrie Child Centre established by Lady Gowrie in 1940. Extended and refurbished in 2016, the inner-city Erskineville centre has large outdoor learning spaces with well-established trees and natural elements for children to explore. The philosophy of the centre places importance on respect for our natural environments and resources.
  • SDN Marrickville: This centre focuses on each child’s individual interests. Strong, respectful relationships underpin the practices in the centre and the educators focus on relationships from the moment a family joins the SDN community.
  • Goodstart East Sydney Early Learning Centre: The East Sydney centre operates in a four-level industrial building that has been converted into an early learning centre. The centre was commissioned by the City of Sydney and is run by Goodstart Early Learning. It has received numerous architectural awards, recently winning the top design prize for schools at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin. The centre promotes a relationship-based pedagogy with environments which support children’s open-ended exploration.

What to bring: Hats, sunscreen, flat shoes

Date: Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Departure: 8.30 am
Return: 1.00 pm
Max number: 15
Cost: $85.00 per person

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Tour 3: HESTA Award Winner: The Infants’ Home Ashfield—SOLD OUT 

The Infants’ Home  provides integrated early childhood education and care, early intervention and clinical health support services. The services are unique in NSW, and are accessed by over 2,600 children (from birth to school age) and their families from 120 Sydney suburbs each year. One-third of its services are directed towards children with additional needs or those living in vulnerable circumstances.

This award-winning service has been operating for over 142 years, championing the rights of children, women and families, protecting children at risk and guiding families as they build their strength, skills and confidence to create a more positive future for themselves. The Infants Home environment is unique, with five different early education centres located within one large inner-city location, creating a balance between both historic and newly-designed early education environments.

What to bring: Hats, sunscreen, walking shoes

Date: Wednesday 19 September
Departing: 9.00 am
Returning: 1.00 pm
Max number: 38
Cost: $85.00 per person

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Tour 4*: Reggio Emilia-inspired centres—SOLD OUT

Half day walking tour

  • Wee Care Early Childhood Education Centres: A private long day care organisation with two centres, Wee Care 2 and Wee Care Kindergarten, situated within walking distance of each other. They offer high quality care and education in aesthetically-designed learning environments, which support relationships between children, parents and educators. The centres are influenced by many Educational theorists and models, especially the Italian experience in Early Childhood called Reggio Emilia, as well as Howard Gardener’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, the Forest Schools of Scotland and Scandinavia, Emergent Curriculum and The Early Years Learning Framework of Australia.
  • Kincoppal–Rose Bay Early Learning Centre: The tour will also visit Kincoppal–Rose Bay’s Early Learning Centre which consists of a long day care centre for three- to four-year-olds and a preschool for four- to five-year-olds. Inspired by the educators from Reggio Emilia and philosophies from the Scandinavian Forest Schools, the centre believes that children learn best through hands-on exploration with strong ideas and theories about their world, and seek to acquire new skills and knowledge through meaningful social relationships. The children at the centre engage in investigations inspired by authentic interests and the mysteries they discover at Wild Time in their natural surroundings.

What to bring: Hats, sunscreen, walking shoes

Date: Wednesday 19 September 
Departure: 8.30 am
Return: 1.00 pm (approximately)
Max number: 30
Cost: $85.00 per person

*Please note this is a walking tour and participants will need to have a certain level of fitness to be able to walk with the group.

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Tour 5*: Early Childhood City Environments—SOLD OUT

(Half day Walking tour)

The inner-city environment provides a glimpse of the diverse range of childcare environments within inner city Sydney. The tour will visit four childcare centres, each unique in how their design reflects the challenges and benefits of individual buildings.

  • Honeybee Child Care Centre and The Tree House: In the first leg, the tour will visit these two work-based early education centres. Both are rated as ‘Exceeding’ the National Quality Standard (NQS) and are managed by KU Children’s Services. Honeybee was established in 2015 to meet the needs of Commonwealth Bank employees by providing a childcare service within a high-rise setting. While The Tree House provides education and care for Stockland employees and the general community within a six star-rated building. It has a simulated outdoor learning environment with a rooftop atrium, and includes natural elements such as sand, water, bark, stones, rocks and branches.
  • Explore & Develop Castlereagh Street: This well-designed service creates social learning environments filled with natural spaces over three levels. Each space has been carefully designed ensuring the indoor environments and the simulated outdoor environments support the access and full participation of every child. Maximising on design features, the spaces invite open-ended interactions, exploration, discovery and connection to nature.  
  • Guardian Early Learning Centre – Barangaroo: Sustainability is a core focus at this centre designed within a six star-rated green building. The centre has a strong commitment to sustainability, with extensive use of natural materials and an emphasis on recycling, use of recycled resources, energy efficiency and water conservation, all embedded in daily routines of the service.

What to bring: Hats, sunscreen, walking shoes

Date: Wednesday 19 September 
Departure: 8.30 am
Return: 1.00 pm
Max number: 30
Cost: $85.00 per person

*Please note this is a walking tour and participants will need to have a certain level of fitness to be able to walk with the group.

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Tour 6: Family Day Care Centres 

Full day tour

This full-day excursion involves visiting a family day care (FDC) service and a range of educator homes within the Sydney basin area and the Blue Mountains. This excursion will provide participants with the opportunity to view the diversity of services and programs across a broad spectrum of geographical areas, and view firsthand the quality of FDC programs providing a nurturing and supportive environment for children and families. The NSW Family Day Care Association provides support, professional development and advice to the family day care sector in NSW.

What to bring: Hats, sunscreen, flat shoes

Cost: $110.00 per person
Date: Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Departure: 8.30 am
Return: 4.00 pm
Duration of tour: Full day
Maximum number: 20

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Cultural Tours

Cultural Tour 1: The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour (Illi Langi)        

(Walking tour*)

Be touched by the most ancient human culture on earth in a 90-minute walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks Sydney, and journey into Dreamtime, the culture of Aboriginal People.

The tour is 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned and was developed by Aboriginal Elder, Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti–Jerrinjah woman. It is led by Aboriginal guides who have her permission to share her cultural knowledge. The tour will give you the opportunity to discover how the ancient Aboriginal Dreamtime is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape and how the billion-year-old harbour, marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, flora and fauna continue to influence how Aboriginal people live today.

This leisurely walkabout in The Rocks is a perfect introduction to Aboriginal Culture, showing a perspective of Sydney that is touching, enlightening and very informative.  

Key experiences

  • Experience a local Aboriginal greeting and learn some of the language spoken.
  • Meet knowledgeable Aboriginal guides.
  • Participate in a Sydney cultural acknowledgement of Earth Mother using her ochre (traditional paint).
  • Opportunity to handle cultural objects and materials.
  • Learn about the Aboriginal DreamTime, its origin, history and culture.
  • Understanding the connection between modern Sydney and the Aboriginal Dreaming.

What to bring: Hats, sunscreen, walking shoes

Tour 1:
Cost: $50.00 per person
Date: Wednesday 19 September
Departure: 11.00 am
Return: 12.30 pm
Duration of tour: 90 minutes
Maximum number: 50

Tour 2:
Cost: $50.00 per person
Date: Wednesday 19 September
Departure: 2.00 pm
Return: 3.30 pm
Duration of tour: 90 minutes
Maximum number: 50

*Please note this is a walking tour and participants will need to have a certain level of fitness to be able to walk with the group.

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Cultural tour 2: Social Indigenous History of Sydney at the Australian Museum Sydney

Join an educator-led tour to hear the stories behind the exhibitions in the First Australians galleries at the Australian Museum. The First Australians galleries, Bayala Nura: Yarning Country and Garrigarrang: Sea Country, showcase more than 300 rare and unique objects—from tools and adornments to film and contemporary art—many of which have not been publicly shown before.

Bayala Nura celebrates the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, where shields, spears and weavings complement a large bark canoe created using traditional techniques especially for the Museum’s collection. The striking array of designs and technologies on display connects cultures to Country, sparking new conversations about embracing cultural diversity in contemporary Australia.

Garrigarrang reveals the diverse spiritual beliefs, values and complex knowledge systems that continue across Australia today. Through themes of connectivity, continuity, resilience and sustainability, this multi-sensory exhibition explores many Aboriginal cultural perspectives; from the creation stories and whale ceremonies of south coast NSW to the sustainability and conservation practices in the clear turquoise waters of the Torres Strait.

What to bring: Walking shoes

Cost: $40.00
Date: 
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Maximum number:
25*

Tour times:
Tour 1: 10.00 am – 11.00 am
Tour 2: 11.00 am – 12.00 pm
Tour 3: 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm
Tour 4: 01.00 pm – 2.00 pm
Tour 5: 02.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Tour 6: 03.00 pm – 4.00 pm

*Minimum 10 people per tour required; tours might be combined should numbers fail to meet this requirement.

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