Establishing curriculum learning circles to increase pedagogical leadership project 2009

Final report

Debra Clarke, Fay Hadley

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Abstract

Project Outline
The project was based on the premise that contemporary early childhood perspectives often left staff floundering in terms of implementation. The current focus on the whole child, moving from developmental milestones and allowing the program to emerge through children’s interests and strengths has meant early childhood staff need to adapt the way they program and plan for experiences, deliver curriculum and document learning. This project was timely in providing support to the early childhood staff to commence an examination of their pedagogical practices that coincided with the release of the Early Years Learning Framework.

Project Partners
UTS Child Care Inc. was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to undertake the project between July and November 2009. Project funds were used primarily to engage academic staff.

UTSCC engaged academics from the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University on contract to deliver seminar content; learning circle facilitation; workplace visits and act in the role of academic mentor throughout the project.

Marrickville Council’s Children’s Services and Thomas Carlisle Children’s Centre were invited to participate in the project, and like UTSCC were required to fund all staff related expenses through their own budgets.

Participants
Early Childhood Staff
Ten long day care centres were involved in the project:
•three UTS Child Care Centres (Blackfriars, Kids Campus and Magic Pudding)
•six Marrickville Council Centres (Addison Road, Cavendish Street, Deborah Little, Enmore Children’s Centre, May Murray and Tillman Park)
•one Kuring-gai Council Centre (Thomas Carlisle Children’s Centre)

Fifty one participants commenced the project, with the following spread of early childhood qualifications:
•Four year trained teachers – 16
•Three year trained teachers – 13
•Diploma / Advanced Diploma in children’s services (or other qualification recognised by NSW Community Services as equivalent) – 20
•Certificate 111 in Children’s Services (and almost finished Diploma) – 2

Participants at UTSCC and Marrickville Council were required to participate by their employer; Kuring-gai Council staff participated by invitation.

The services are all located in Sydney, NSW. Marrickville Council services are located in the Inner West. Two UTSCC centres are based in the Inner City and the third on the North Shore. Thomas Carlisle is also on the North Shore. This centre was invited to participate in the project in an attempt to create a northern Sydney hub, as organisers were attempting to create an ongoing relationship between services that was based on proximity.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
PublisherUTS Child Care Inc. (UTSCC)
Commissioning bodyAustralian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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