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investing in our passion for early learning at the aca national conference

Skippy’s was well represented at the Australian Childcare Alliance National Conference, from 31 May to 2 June 2019.

With world-class keynote speakers and over 1000 delegates attending, it is the leading national conference for childcare in Australia, a professional development opportunity not to be missed by those who are passionate about early education and care.

At the conference, we invested further in our commitment to be at the forefront of Early Childhood Learning by spending over $10,000 on the latest innovative outdoor playground equipment, and digital teaching technologies and robotics. Your children will soon be enjoying these new resources.

The event was attended by Skippy’s Approved Provider, Penny Farrell, and the Nominated Supervisors from our Frenchville and Gracemere Centres, Kerry Blake and Kylie Norris. In addition, Selena Hill (Pre-Kindy Lead Educator Gracemere), Loreen Kaseke (Kindy Teacher Gracemere), Nicole Day (Kindy Teacher Frenchville), and Nara Rixon (Toddler Lead Educator Frenchville) were selected to attend.

Among other workshops and seminars, our team attended the following:

  • Using Technology in your service

  • Contextualising Reggio Emilia

  • Young Engineers – Dream, Design and Develop (from STEM to STEAM)

  • Embedding Indigenous Perspectives into daily practices

Keynote speakers included Nathan Wallis, expert on neuroscience and the developing brain in early learning settings, Maggie Dent, Australia’s ‘queen of common sense’ and resilience specialist, Robyn Whiting, Manager at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and many more.

Our Lead Educators also attended two sessions on Inspiring the Educational Leader, and a full-day National Educational Leaders Conference on Transforming Practices, which covered challenging areas such as leading with courage, disrupting traditional paradigms by pushing past old frameworks and advocating for new realities, leading a culture of genuine parent partnerships, and developing a shared pedagogy in the complex and rapidly changing environment of early education.

At Skippy’s, we live our belief that quality educational outcomes for our children are integrally linked to the ongoing professional development of our Educators, and our commitment to continuously improve our facilities and re-invest in our centres. We will continue to pro-actively seek out opportunities to pursue our vision of quality, and look forward to sharing our journey with you.


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