We draw on a range of pedagogical and a child development theory research and approaches to inform curriculum and day to day practice with children. Our educators and teachers attend professional development and conferences throughout the year that supports their individual professional learning plan and the Quality Improvement Plan of the Centre.

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Kidsmatter, Tuning into Kids, Magda Gerber, Emmi Pikler and Reggio Emilia provide the foundations for our work with children and families. The centres and educators participate in research projects, Macquarie University infant’s language study, Environmental and sustainability, transition to school pilot and resilience in school aged care children.

We place importance on understanding children’s experiences in early childhood settings and in their first year of school to promote children’s positive transition to school. Transitions to school statements are completed for children attending school fostering links with local schools. Our centres participate in research and pilots on transition to school and the Gowrie professional development team provide workshops and information sessions on transition to school for education professions and parents.

We use a holistic approach to supporting children’s wellbeing that is based on recognised initiatives including Kidsmatter and Tuning into Kids – Emotion Coaching.

Educational Leaders of the Centres meet quarterly to unpack and hypothesise on contemporary theorists and research articles strengthening and enriching knowledge and reflection on their own practice.

A comprehensive Educators Guide for Gowrie Education staff provides a foundation of early childhood theory and contemporary frameworks to guide practice and relationships. The guide is a working document provided to each Gowrie educator.

In 2015, Gowrie NSW, with the support of parents and children at Gowrie Outside School Hours Care collaborated with Sydney University researcher, Georgia McClure, who was undertaking important research into the relationship between a child’s emotional confidence and their cognitive skills. The results of the project were presented to families in early 2015 at a specific information evening.

Staff and families at John Mewburn Child Care Centre piloted the introduction of the NSW Government’s Transition to School Statement. The Centre featured on a short YouTube clip on the Department of Education and Communities website promoting the statement. The Director, Nicole White, was invited to speak about the Centre’s experience using the statement at a training workshop to a group of 50 educators. At the conclusion of the project the Centre Director also attended the evaluation review of the Statement

 

Our children are our greatest hope... every thinking person must realise that when this bitter strife is over we must build up a better world, and it is only through the children that this can be done.

- Lady Zara Gowrie

 

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