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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Issue 57 Summer 2014
REFLECTIONS • GOWRIE AUSTRALIA • SUMMER 2014 - ISSUE 57 editorial contents Dear Colleagues, Welcome to our final Reflections for this year, a celebration of 2014! This past year has seen many within the sector expressing thoughts and concerns to the Productivity Commission Inquiry and, while we await a Government response, we can only hope that the spirit of collaboration and professionalism that has been exhibited will demonstrate, perhaps better than words, the 'soul and integrity' of the early childhood sector. Children are central to this submission, and we hope enough has been provided in order that their voices can be heard, and that the resulting outcome is one that we can wholeheartedly work with and support. This issue of Reflections includes a host of ideas on sustainability, early literacy, outdoor play, cohesive teams and inspiring projects. Sustainability is playing a key role in many lives and Yvonne Paujik, from the University of Queensland's Campus Kindergarten, advocates for sustainability to be introduced to children as a way of thinking and living. In a second article on sustainability, Edina Kartal, from Gowrie WA, prefaces her article with a quote from the United Nations, "Education is humanity's best hope and most effective means in the quest to achieve sustainable development" (Samuelsson and Kaga, 2008). These educators welcome this challenge and openly share their vision for the future. Ros Cornish, CEO for Gowrie Tasmania, addresses the issue of professional development in light of the Abbott Government's $200 million Long Day Care Professional Development Program (LDCPDP). Ros gives advice and support on approaches to professional development and, particularly, the importance of professional development providers offering ongoing support. Jacki Harris, from Gowrie WA describes the intricate learnings available to children through unstructured play and the impact on literacy development. Examining vocabulary development in kindergarten, Sandra Grant's second article for us is enchantingly titled 'Dancing with Language'. Recognising the importance of belonging and being part of a team inspired Meghan Woods from Gumnut Cottage Childcare Centre, Macquarie University to write about the exploration of values to support the creation of cohesive teams. She challenges readers to examine their own work environments -- "Do your teams really feel like a team?" Inspired by poor results in the 2012 Australian Early Development Census, the 'Great Start, Great Futures' initiative has helped communities, staff and parents in the Darling Downs area of South-West Queensland to develop networks, strategies and activities to promote a holistic approach to early learning. In Victoria a timely Telstra grant enabled a team of inspired educators to support a wonderful weaving initiative that has extended children's learning in various domains, involved community groups in meaningful and ongoing interactions, and set the scene for future projects through the purchase of a knitters' loom. And finally, on behalf of my colleagues and myself, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy festive season. We thank those who have contributed to Reflections this year and to those of you who have read the articles and used them to be inspired, thoughtful and motivated in your work with staff, children, families and communities. 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 15 Great Start, Great Futures: An Early Years Approach in Darling Downs South West Queensland 7 Professional Development -- an essential ingredient to enhancing practice 4 Education for Sustainability at Campus Kindergarten 8 Literacy Development through Play 11 Belonging: exploring values to support the creation of cohesive teams of educators 12 Which Bin Does This Belong In? 16 The Weaving Project 18 Dancing with Language 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 3
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