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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Magazine Issue 54
3 REFLECTIONS • GOWRIE AUSTRALIA • AUTUMN 2014 - ISSUE 54 editorial contents Dear Colleagues, Welcome everyone, to our first edition of Reflections for the year. As always, it is a pleasure to share with our readership, a series of articles which will certainly promote and inspire conversation and possibilities for practice in early childhood settings. Our first article discusses the success of PEAP, an early year's program dedicated to improving mathematics for young aboriginal children. The cultural content brings together the children, their teachers and researchers in a way which promotes excitement, new skills and problem solving for all. Leadership is a topic that we continue to examine. ACECQA has introduced a new position, National Educational Leader and Ms. Rhonda Livingstone has taken on this new role with a commitment to listen to our sector and show support for our commitment to the profession. We hope you enjoy the two articles in this edition that examine the role of the leader from different perspectives. Ros Cornish compares leadership and management, while Rod Soper takes a broader view, focusing on the importance of relationships with practical ideas for making changes in ourselves, and in our workplaces. In a quest for new beginnings, Osanna Giang from Nanbarree Child Centre, shares an inspiring story of pushing the limits and examining preconceptions in an effort to make a totally indoor, inner city environment into a vibrant and flexible learning space that will support children, staff and parents to find enjoyment and challenge in this unique early learning setting. An international early year's project combines the skills and vision of staff from a Queensland University, teachers from local early childhood centres, and academics from the University of Iceland to examine children's views on play. In an article that shares a small insight into this project, we join educators and researchers in listening to children's view. Second language learning is examined in some detail as we consider children who come from multi- or bi-lingual backgrounds. Dr Ana Mantilla shares knowledge both from her own studies, and from her home life, to give us some insight into the misconceptions that surround this area, and the real benefits of supporting children to have exposure to a second language from an early age. In our final article, Desley Jones, shares some of the highlights of the 'Infant and Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellbeing Conference' which was held in Canberra late last year. The role that early childhood can play in both intervention and prevention in this area is examined, with particular emphasis on early relationship development. Reflections is a magazine that brings to the fore relevant issues in the Early Childhood sector and we look forward to your comments, ideas and of course, any articles that you may wish to submit for publication. On behalf of the Reflections Committee, I would like to thank Ros Cornish for her time and effort in writing the Reflections' editorials and overseeing content for many years. It is now my privilege to take on this position for Gowrie Australia. I look forward to 'walking with you' through the next series of Reflections, and to sharing with you different points of view and areas of interest in all aspects of Early Childhood Education and Care, a truly wonderful and inspiring profession. Until next time, 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 8 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 Transformational Change 7 Leadership -- the Art of People Leaders 14 Relationships Always Leave a Mark 11 Teachers and Academics Researching Together 4 Improving Mathematics Learning Outcomes for Young Aboriginal Children 16 Learning More than One Language as a Young Child 18 Promoting Mental Health in Early Childhood A recent ACECQA newsletter announced the appointment of Rhonda Livingstone to the role of National Education Leader. Rhonda, who has over 20 years' experience in early childhood (including at The Gowrie Queensland Inc), will provide national leadership, policy advice and recommendations on pedagogy and educational program and practice to enhance learning and development of children attending education and care services across Australia. Rhonda is looking forward to working collaboratively with the sector, peak organizations and regulatory authorities to further support best practice and assist the sector to implement the National Quality Framework. Rhonda can be contacted by email at Rhonda.Livingstone@acecqa.gov.au
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