We celebrate Australia Day at Gumnut Gardens by acknowledging the survival of the Aboriginal people and their customs, traditions and “bush tucker” (Australian native food). We refer to the time around Australia Day “Survival Week”. This year we devoted our entire week’s program to learning about Survival Week through books, films, cooking, discussions and […]
By Lucia Stacchiotti “Reality, as always happens in children’s hands, reveals once again its infinite potential for transformation.” Malaguzzi (Reggio Children Centre) A few weeks ago Rachel and I started to observe that the children really love investigating and creating in the Kitchen area and they usually explore it using the natural table, moving natural […]
“The emphasis in current approaches to early childhood curriculum is on investigations and projects that build on children’s strengths and interests and that respond to children’s questions, rather than one-off experiences based on what adults perceive children are interested in or need to know” (Arthur et al. p. 27).
My experience in the Early Childhood (EC) sector has been over many decades working for small to large sized organizations. In February this year, I made the move to Gumnut Gardens a stand-alone 46 place long day program in Paddington. What follows is a discussion of my experience of moving in to a leadership role […]