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Early Childhood theorists – promoting our professional knowledge and langua...
Thu. 6 April 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm AEST
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Early Childhood theorists – promoting our professional knowledge and language
As teachers and educators, we’ve all undertaken some form of study. You may still be studying now, have finished your study not long ago, or a long time ago! Whatever the case may be for you, early childhood education theorists and theory was one of the key things that we all learnt about. Every day, early childhood theory influences our practice in one way or another. At a time when the need for qualifications for educators is questioned by some, with our work is viewed as ‘babysitting’; now more than ever we need to be able to talk up our professional body of knowledge. This presentation will revisit key early childhood education theories and influences on practice. It will also focus on how we can incorporate theory into our documentation and communication with families and the community, to promote and share our professional knowledge in meaningful and accessible ways.
Jennifer Ribarovski has over thirty years’ experience in the education and care sector as a teacher and in governance. She is the Managing Director of JR Education Consulting Services and holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and a Master of Educational Leadership and Management with Distinction. Her previous roles have included State Operations Manager for the NSW Regulatory Authority, with her work largely focussed on the roll out and implementation of the NQF in NSW, and training Authorised Officers to assess and rate centres against the National Quality Standard. Following this role, she was then contracted to work for the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as a senior advisor. Her work included developing the process for applying for an excellent rating, assessing applications for excellence and developing online training modules for authorised officers nationally in relation to the NQF and assessing and rating services against the NQS. Jennifer also trained authorised officers across Australia in the assessment and rating process, and worked with state and territory governments on national policy in the implementation of the National Quality Framework. Most recently, Jennifer has written a curriculum for a large national provider of early learning centres and she has consulted to and facilitated professional development sessions for a range of approved providers and educational teams across Australia. She has a unique ability to translate the theories of early childhood learning and development into pedagogical practice in accessible and supportive ways. Jennifer is also currently contracted to Sydney University to design and deliver units of study to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in early childhood education programs.