Our Image of the Child in the School Readiness Paradigm
There are many definitions of the term ’school readiness’ and many of these definitions are influenced by primary school teachers who see Early Childhood services as ‘preparation for school’.
This presentation will consider the image of the child, the image of childhood and contest the belief that it is an early childhood educator’s role to ‘prepare children for school’.
It will argue that educators should develop respectful and authentic relationships with children to support the continuity of learning that is essential when children transition to school.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Kerrie O’Neill, M.ED (Early Childhood) is an Early Childhood Consultant and author. Kerrie’s experience with the early childhood sector spans over 30 years.
She has worked as a kindergarten teacher, a Director of an Early Learning Centre, a trainer and assessor delivering the Certificate III and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and as a tertiary level lecturer at Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT). She has worked for the Department of Education and Training in Victoria as both an Authorised Officer and as a Senior Policy Officer.
Kerrie is a founding member of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange in 2000 and is a current committee member. Kerrie’s work in the early childhood sector has been profoundly influenced by the educational project of Reggio Emilia, Italy, since her first study tour to the city in 1996.
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PRESENTED BY KERRIE O'NEILL FROM REGGIO EMILIA AUSTRALIA INFORMATION EXCHANGE