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Reflections Magazine : Issue 50
REFLECTIONS • GOWRIE AUSTRALIA • AUTUMN 2013 - ISSUE 50 17 Educators' and co-ordinators' interactions with children convey to them that they are valued as competent and capable individuals... They also use their everyday interactions with children during play, routines and ongoing projects to stimulate children's thinking and to enrich their learning (ACECQA, 2011: 124). Amy's passion, which led her to winning the award, is securely focused on Primary Caregiving. Primary Caregiving is not just optimal for children; it is also optimal for parents who are entrusting their child's care to a stranger. Parents who have confidence in educators are more likely to build working partnerships with educators. (Harman-Smith, 2011: 4-5). Amy, based at Margaret Ives Community Children's Centre in Adelaide's eastern suburbs, also attributed her success with Primary Caregiving, and the recognition that she has achieved through the HESTA award, to the generous support of her colleagues. "I've had a lot of help from people who have been in the field a lot longer than I have," she said. "I've worked alongside some very passionate child care educators. The two staff members I started working with at Margaret Ives were very passionate about Primary Caregiving. They were very influential in my journey. Support from the centre is amazing as well, and we have so much support from the Director. All the training made available to us is great." For further information on the early childhood HESTA awards, please visit: http://www.earlychildhoodawards.com.au/ References: Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (2011). Guide to the National Quality Standard. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (2009). Belonging, Being and Becoming; The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. Commonwealth of Australia. Harman-Smith, Y. (2011). Concepts of Primary Caregiving and Structures that Support Implementation in Early Childhood Settings. Gowrie SA.
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