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Specifically unpacking What Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspetives Looks Like within our Kindy Space with Belinda Rule
September 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Specifically unpacking what embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives looks like within our kindy space with Belinda Rule
Wednesday 30 September 2020 5.00 – 6:30 pm
Outline: Based on the amazing feedback from the ECTA online conference, Belinda will be looking at a few of the Kindy’s initiatives from start to finish. She realises that this journey is on-going and is proud to continue to learn more about the possibilities for her wonderful educators and for the future children who will come through the Kindy’s doors in years to come. This year has seen Belinda also showcase C&K Eimeo’s journey and even since the conference in June, the Kindy has achieved more milestones and goals that she wants to share with a wider audience.
Presenter: Belinda Rule noticed a rise in the number of children who had high level-needs coming into kindergarten, so she decided to try a strategy that no one else had before in a C&K (Creche and Kindergarten) centre. After some initial research, she made the courageous decision to introduce Millie—the assistant therapy dog—and there’s been no turning back since. Millie’s presence has not only made an enormous difference to the wellbeing and learning of children at C&K’s Eimeo Road Community Kindergarten (Eimeo Road), its success is now being replicated by some other centres in the area. The strategy is also one of the reasons the Eimeo Road Director and teacher was this year’s recipient of C&K’s Excellence and Innovation Award for Professional Excellence, and the organisation’s overall Emeritus Professor Mary Mahoney AQ Excellence Education Childhood and Care Award. The initiative has also attracted international and national attention, with researchers from Queensland and the United States of America approaching Belinda about doing research projects on the program.
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