Join the directors and educators of two Queensland services in conversation with ECA’s Dr Kate Highfield. Together they will take you on a virtual tour through the services using integrated videos.
This virtual tour will give you a chance to explore two exemplary settings and ‘unpack’ the pedagogy behind their environments. It will help you reflect on the link between environment, aesthetics, resources and intentionality, while you take a virtual break in Queensland.
Goodstart Red Hill opened its doors in 1988. It is a small boutique-style early childhood education and care centre with three rooms catering to 51 children a day. The classrooms have been carefully organised to ensure that there are many small spaces for children to break off into small groups and play, which makes for a calm and organised atmosphere. Each week, each class spends some time out of the centre on a nature walk, visiting the nearby Magical Forest and creek space to play in nature. Children and educators alike look forward to these visits, engaging children in the local community and giving them a connection to their beautiful natural environments. Goodstart Red Hill’s philosophy is influenced by Reggio Emilia, with a focus on play-based learning, nature play and helping children become safe, kind and fair citizens of their early learning community.
C&K-affiliated Highfields and District Kindergarten is a double unit kindergarten with four groups of children—each group attending 30 hours over a five-day fortnight. Their program is child-focused and child-driven, while aligning with the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline. Taking into account children’s unique interests and emerging capabilities, it provides fun opportunities for developing minds. Children’s progress is self-paced and they are empowered to become lifelong learners. The development of positive behaviours is embedded to encourage each child’s expanding social skills. Highfields and District Kindergarten embraces and values opportunities for community input and involvement by being inclusive of diverse demographics, values and cultures. It acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of the land and the significance of caring for Country.
Date: Monday 6 September 2021
Time: 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
The virtual centre tour is open for registration to all 2021 ECA National Conference delegates and can be booked online during the registration process. Alternatively select the ‘Centre tour only’ option if you want to join just the tour. There are a limited number of places available, book now!