Event Date Fri, 28 Jul 2017 9:00 am
Event End Date Fri, 28 Jul 2017 3:30 pm
Registration Start Date Wed, 07 Jun 2017 12:00 am
Cut off date 28/07/2017
Individual Price $264.00
Presenter Jessica Horne-Kennedy
Number Hours 6.5
Cost Code 04.106.R4002.43100
Location Gowrie NSW Dubbo, 16 – 18 Spears Drive, Dubbo NSW 2830
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Event description

This day will include the following 2 sessions.

A Positive Start to School: working with the NSW Transition to School Statement

Well planned and supported transition to school can set children on a positive pathway for academic and social success throughout their school and future lives. The transition to school, like the many other milestones in our lives, is about change and adjusting to new routines and expectations.

This session will help you to develop a transition to school program that includes the NSW Transition to School Statement, is responsive to individual children and creates a ‘team’ comprising of the child, educators, family and the school. You will walk away with an understanding the Statement, it’s use and best practice for delivering a successful road map for children entering the school environment.

This session will include

·         Reviewing and unpacking our perceptions of school readiness

·         Considering the complexities of change and transition to school in the life of children, families and their communities

·         Considering a practical understanding of NSW Transition to School Statement

·         Discussing information to guide participants to set up a ‘transition to school’ program.

Completing ‘A Positive start to School: Working with the NSW Transition to School Statement’ will contribute 3 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 5.1.2 and 5.5.2 from The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW

Reflective Practice: let’s re-engage and re-examine

Continuously engaging in reflection, both as individuals and as teams, maintains ownership of what we do and why we do it. This session will explore the importance of critical reflection. Reflective strategies will be used to unpack and discuss our own personal and professional values and beliefs, and how these translate into service philosophies, practices and documentation.

This session will include

·         Providing an opportunity to reflect individually on beliefs and values and how this translates into practice and documentation

·         Increasing participant knowledge, ideas and resources to support quality, reflective practice

·         Empowering educators in their role in children’s lives and to have a voice within their teams so they can guide informed decisions made in a service.

About the presenter

Jessica Horne-Kennedy is a qualified early childhood educator holding twelve years teaching experience across a range of age groups including experience in management as a Teaching Director, and Supervisor.  She has worked in a range of settings such as community adult education, parent run playgroups, Reggio Emilia inspired settings and Rudolf Steiner Schools in New Zealand and Australia.  Jessica currently works in in a Rudolf Steiner preschool in Sydney and also as a Quality Management and Compliance Coordinator for another early childhood organisation.

Jessica has a special interest in holistic based learning philosophy drawn from her experiences working in Rudolf Steiner early childhood environments Jessica has a particular interest in the theories and philosophy of relationships in early childhood environments. This interest formed the basis of her Masters in Education thesis.   The thesis presented a series of stories exploring how the beliefs held by Rudolf Steiner early childhood educators influenced their practices of forming relationships with children in their first year of attending presch

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