Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2016

Centre Tours

 

 

 

 

The 2016 Centre Tours have sold out.

 

 

 

Tour 1: Nauiyu Nambiyu (Daly River) CommunitySold Out!

(Westgarth Kindergarten and Coburg Children’s Centre)

Date: Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Departing: 7.00 am arriving 10.30 am
Returning: 3.30 pm arriving 7.00 pm
Max number: 30
Cost: $200 (includes bus transfers and lunch)

This small Indigenous community is situated 240 kilometres south of Darwin and sits in the valley next to the Daly River. It is surrounded by hills and billabongs and has an abundant supply of bush tucker, as well as the barramundi for which the Daly River is famous.

The population of Nauiyu is around 450. Kriol is spoken throughout the region, but the two major traditional language groups are Ngan’gikurrungurr and Ngen’giwumirri. Delegates on the tour will visit the education and health services, Merrepen Arts, The Banyan Farm, and have the opportunity to talk to local residents and artists. There will be a unique Welcome to Country by Miriam-Rose UngunmerrBaumann (AO). Miriam is an Aboriginal Elder from Nauiyu (Daly River), a renowned artist, writer and public speaker. Miriam was the Territory’s first fully-qualified Aboriginal teacher and served for many years as the principal of the local Catholic primary school. In 1998 she was awarded an honorary PhD in Education and made a Member of the Order of Australia. In 2004 she was appointed a member of the National Indigenous Council. Miriam-Rose is a passionate advocate for experiences that allow Indigenous youth to learn to ‘walk in two worlds’. You can visit her Foundation at: www.miriamrosefoundation.org.au/

Proposed program for tour:

From 10.30 am to 2.30 pm participants would:

  • experience a local Welcome to Country with Miriam-Rose and have her speak of the past and current celebrations and challenges related to education and early childhood growth and development
  • have lunch at the Banyan Farm
  • tour the early childhood learning and health facilities
  • tour the Merrepen Arts Centre.

What to bring/wear: no shorts, sleeved shirt, water, sunscreen, hat, covered shoes, snacks

Please note: Tickets can be purchased online during the conference registration process.

Tour 2: Family Day Care in ActionSold Out!

(Darwin Family Day Care, Let’s Play Outdoors and Kentish Lifelong Learning and Care: Integrated Play)

Date: Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Departing: 2.00 pm
Returning: 4.30 pm
Max number: 23
Cost: $85

The family day care educator environments that Darwin Family Day Care and Kentish Lifelong Learning and Care will share with you on the tour will give each visitor a unique opportunity to experience beyond our front doors and gate’s, an insight into the tropical environments, community engagement and educational curriculum for children and their families in Darwin and the outer Darwin area.

Darwin Family Day Care educators provide high quality environments and experiences that take advantage of their outdoor rooms and spaces, which support inquiry, based learning where children to explore discover and connect to the land.  Our tropical environments include native plants, trees, edible gardens, sand rocks, mud, water and other elements from nature that provide rich opportunities for educators and children to play, learn and, delight in world around us.

So come and discover up close what it looks like, smells like, feels like and tastes like-even what it feels like between the toes!

Kentish Lifelong Learning and Care educators provide much more than a standard day care service. Participants will experience the ‘Yilli’ gathering an enriching environment that incorporates opportunities for problem solving, creative exploration, heritage and cultural experiences joy, fun and social interactions. ‘Yilli’ provides a quality environment for language, social, literacy and numeracy learning in a safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate setting. Educators spend time to model and explicitly teach children and provide strategies to support children’s interaction and establish strong relationships.

Participants will also experience a rural and urban care setting focussed on community engagement and sustainable practices. Educators provide many rich learning experiences through ensuring that the children are active within their community and involved in age appropriate projects.

Please note: Tickets can be purchased online during the conference registration process.

Tour 3: Top End Long Day Care in ActionSold Out!

Murraya Children’s Centre:  Many children, four ducks, three chickens, two cats and a rabbit and La Crèche: Dream Come True Tour – ‘La Crèche on the Avenue’

Date: Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Departing: 2.00 pm
Returning: 4.30 pm
Max number: 23
Cost: $85

Murraya Children’s Centre is a progressive centre based education and care service where our mission, identity and commitment to progressive ways of thinking and knowing. Our play based curriculum draws from children’s natural desire to engage in experiences based on their interests, strengths and developing skills for our infants, toddler, kinder and preschool programs. Our educators use their professional learning, commitment to continuous improvement and reflection to challenge the way they work together and with children and families.

The image of the child as being confident and capable is reflected in our practices and spaces that meet children’s need for challenging play, with managed and controlled risk-taking part of everyday practice.  Children climb trees, create creeks, care for the centres animals including ducks, chickens, cats and rabbit and explore the natural environment.

Educators provide provocations that are deliberate and thoughtful decisions made to extend the ideas of children and recognise spontaneous teachable moments as they occur. The learning and development is anchored by trusting relationships with educators, who support children as they play. Children have plenty of opportunities to practice and improve skills, knowledge and confidence in active, inquiry based learning.  During active learning, educators encourage children to discover the world around them by exploring and playing in indoor and outdoor spaces that are carefully planned, where every material is considered for its purpose, is ever evolving and encourages collaboration, communication and exploration.

La Crèche on the Avenue Early Learning Childcare Centre and Preschool opened in April 2014 after 10 years of careful planning, designing and research. It is the “dream come true baby” of the designer/owner/Director Louise de Bomford-Scott. Louise’s decent is French and there is a French feel and influence throughout the centre and having a French teacher really tops it off.

La Crèche is a very new concept being in the heart of a multimillion dollar residential and commercial complex on the outskirts of the CBD. This is Darwin’s newest and quite unique long day care centre and preschool. The centre was designed to enhance and enrich children’s learning through their sense of wonder, curiosity, imagination, creativity and exploration giving them life skills.

The centre is very ecofriendly with motion lighting in the bathrooms, taps on timers, recycling of rubbish including food waste.  The centre boasts vegie and herb patches, interesting large outdoor play areas and indoor rooms with natural light flowing throughout; giving a sense of openness and space. We are licensed for 145 places with 9 rooms.  We have children from 6 weeks to 5 years. There are 4 baby rooms with 8 babies in each, 3 toddler rooms of 12, 10 and 20 and over 3 year old room of 22 and preschool has capacity for 44 children.

The centre focuses on the developmental stage of each child rather than their age.  All educational programs provide enriching learning experienced developed together with educators, parents and children’s interests, strengths and capabilities. The Centre has a strong focus on community engagement and members of the community are invited into the everyday learning experiences. A French teacher and a dance teacher come in twice a week part of our educational program for the over 3year olds.

Please note: Tickets can be purchased online during the conference registration process.

Tour 4: Sustainability in ActionSold Out!

(Berry Springs Preschool and Territory Wild Life Park)

Date: Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Departing: 9.00 am
Returning: 2.00 pm
Max number: 23
Cost: $85

Berry Springs’ learning in focus: Sustainable practices and environments

Berry Springs Preschool has led the Northern Territory with the first ACECQA Excellent Rating for the Northern Territory. Also receiving 2014 Outstanding Preschool Service at the NT Early Education and Care Awards, followed by 2015 Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Practices and the 2015 Leadership Award.

The preschool is focused on children and their families. Educators embrace the children and where they are at each day with their interests through an emergent curriculum. Strong partnerships with the community, particularly the Wildlife Park, enables deep connections for every child.

Please note: Tickets can be purchased online during the conference registration process.