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Reflections Magazine : Issue 56 Spring 2014
3 REFLECTIONS • GOWRIE AUSTRALIA • SPRING 2014 - ISSUE 56 editorial contents Dear Colleagues, Welcome to the spring issue of Reflections and a new wave of articles to inspire practice, to challenge thinking and provoke reflection and self-evaluation. We start with Sue Southey who introduces a new way of thinking about maths that is creative and fun, and supports children to make discoveries that will enrich their maths experiences through their years of study and beyond. Melodie Glass shares a conversation with Ursula Kolbe, questioning her about her new book, "Children's Imagination: creativity under our noses" . Ursula gives an insight into the writing process, talks about the skills involved in observing children, the power of creative thinking and the importance of nurturing it. This issue also features three articles focusing on infants and toddlers. Osanna Giang describes a reflective journey involving an exploration of Magda Gerber's work and the process of enquiry and self-evaluation as her team work to implement the RIE (Resources for Infant Educators) approach as a basis for respectful caregiving. Chelsea Hallion and Eleanor Scrafton discuss the many advantages of an integrated infant and toddler program including the central view of children as highly capable. Finally, a not-for-profit organisation Communicare Inc, describes a series of Baby and Parent Groups aimed at supporting families, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, with weekly discussion, play and activity sessions. Casey Rendell, Megan Corbell and Suzy Piwen share their experience of embarking on an action research project focusing on writing and documentation. Based on the work of Wendy Lee their project, "Building Successful and Passionate Writers" , brought many challenges but unexpected and ongoing learnings. Melanie Grabski from Family Planning Queensland describes a program for identifying and responding positively to children's sexual behaviours. The information in this article will support practitioners to focus on this subject with a more confident view. The early childhood education and care sector continues to experience change through a range of reviews and reports. The Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning draft report is one of great importance to the sector and was made available publicly for scrutiny and comment. This has provided the opportunity for educators, families, and the broader community to have further input into the inquiry by ensuring that all points of view that have been put forward are considered. Further information on the Productivity Commission Inquiry is available on the website: http://pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/childcare The success of any inquiry or review depends upon the participation of people and organisations, which means taking an active role in Australia's public policy formation. All those working with young children during the most formative years of their development, and committed to supporting the best possible outcomes for children, must continue to advocate and respond to reports to ensure the rights of all children are at the forefront of policy and practice. For those readers who may be attending the Early Childhood Australia Conference in Melbourne in September, Gowrie Australia will have a booth in the exhibition area. Please come along and introduce yourself to the team. We look forward to meeting and speaking with you. Jane Bourne on behalf of Gowrie Australia. Natalie Grenfell -- Gowrie NSW Andrew Hume -- Gowrie Victoria Jane Bourne -- The Gowrie (QLD) Inc Kaye Colmer -- Gowrie SA Tonia Westmore -- The Gowrie (WA) Inc Ros Cornish -- Lady Gowrie Tasmania GOWRIE CEOs 20 Back Cover - National & International Conference Updates 4 Maths is more than Counting 6 Children's Imagination: An Interview 8 Respectful Caregiving with Infants and Toddlers 10 Planning for Integrated Infant and Toddler Programs 13 An Action Research Project Inspires and Motivates 16 Parent and Baby Groups Supporting Families 18 Responding positively to sexual behaviours helps protect children Access an e-copy of Reflections at: www.gowrie-brisbane.com.au www.gowriesa.org.au www.gowriensw.com.au www.gowrie-tas.com.au www.gowrievictoria.org.au www.gowrie-wa.com.au
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