Infants and toddlers are capable and competent learners, who actively construct their own learning. To support this rich learning and growth that occurs for children under 3, educators need to take a critical look at the environments, routines and interactions afforded to children. It is important to take the time to be thoughtful, engaging and innovative in pedagogy and practice. This session will look at practical and interesting ways of supporting young children’s emerging sense of agency and confidence.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
• Explore new ideas to ensure routines are child focused
• Identify practical examples of curriculum ideas and activities, including intentional teaching techniques
• Explore moving beyond the notion of ‘managing’ or ‘guiding’ behaviours
• Identify physical environments that support excellent pedagogy and practice for under 3’s.
Facilitator: Community Child Care and Melanie Turkopp
Melanie is currently the Educational Leader at Elwood Children’s Centre in Melbourne. She has over 27 years’ experience, including working in the Middle East and teaching at Swinburne University. Through her years of experience she has gained greater perspectives about the variety of ways that children learn. In recent times, Mel has partnered with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and Anne Stonehouse to produce two early years’ pedagogy resources.