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This will be a long one so grab yourself a drink and pop your feet up! On Wednesday Kerys, Jo, Sarah, Rochelle and myself headed to the airport full of excitement and anticipation ready for the Early Childhood Australia National Conference. We were quickly reminded that this trip was going…
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 07:56

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER Professional Development Report

Another quick update about the professional development our staff have been engaging in lately... We love being able to share our new knowledge and experiences with the MICCC children and families and are excited that five of our staff members are heading off to Sydney next week to the Early…
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 06:06

Learning Styles

Recently I presented a reading to our Coral Room team for reflection and it evoked such an emotionally connected response I wanted to share it with our wider community. The reading link below will lead you to the website of renowned child psychologist Dr Louise Porter (2018), the reading itself…
Monday, 30 July 2018 06:28

Professional Development July Report

Once again this month has been jam packed with wonderful professional development opportunities for our staff, including our Centre Closure Day. It is so great that we are able to share our new knowledge and experiences with the MICCC children and families. ‘Practice is shaped by meaningful engagement with families…
Wednesday, 25 July 2018 04:13

A Child’s Right To Play

There was a recent article in the Sunday Mail that used words like ‘free play’ ‘unstructured play’ ‘open-ended play’ ‘no rules’ and ‘free-choice’ in a negative light, claiming these moments were lost opportunities for learning in childcare and preschool. I actually laughed out loud and covered my mouth in disbelief…
Well we have had some very busy educators at Margaret Ives over the last month or so, engaging in learning, self, team and whole centre reflection. Below are the main points of each training, how new educator knowledge can benefit interactions with children, relationships with families and support other staff…
Friday, 18 May 2018 03:36

Gender: How neutral is neutral?

At Margaret Ives we provide a safe place that celebrates the diversity of our families and provides children with opportunities for self-exploration, self-discovery and self-confidence. Our educators are trained and knowledgeable, viewing children as competent individuals with a right to an identity, a sense of belonging, choice/opinion, health/nutrition, protection, education,…
Monday, 30 April 2018 05:54

Professional Development - April Report

Here at Margaret Ives we have an amazing and educated staff team that values growth in knowledge, development and reflection, to remain at the forefront of early childhood education. During April I created a professional development reflection form to help staff articulate the main points of each training, how their…
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 05:09

Mental Toughness

This year we replaced our February and March staff meetings with Mental Toughness training through Bakjac Consulting. Our whole staff team engaged in the two sessions with Michelle Bakjac and we each got something different out of the training that had unique meaning for ourselves.    The first session focused…
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 00:29

Inspiration and Positivity

An important aspect of my educational leadership role is to motivate others with a strength-based view. One way to keep me focused on the positives is to remind myself just what it is about the individuals in our staff team that inspires me and share that with them. This is…
Monday, 19 February 2018 06:16

Key Word Signing

Our staff team came back to work last Saturday to take part in Key Word Sign training with Liberty Gates. It was an inspirational session that had us all wanting to implement more key word signs in our rooms. Key word signing is a visual communication tool that benefits all…
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 02:22

Are you making the most of mealtimes?

This Term I have been continuing to use the involvement observation scale from the Respect, Reflect, Relate document. For this, I video a range of children in each room (2 minute videos, 6 times in one day) and then analyse their level of engagement in play experiences and routine moments.…
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 23:39

Let the Readings Begin!

As new and existing children start their 2018 Margaret Ives journey, new staff/child/room dynamics begin to unfold in our Jacaranda, Bottlebrush and Coral Rooms. It is important that while we focus on developing secure attachments and trusting bonds with these children that we continue to question our curriculum decisions and…
Friday, 15 December 2017 01:40

Involvement, Rights, Competence & Time

Over the last couple of months I have been encouraging our educators to reflect on high level involvement and what it looks like in their rooms. I spent time recording video footage of a sample group of children in the Jacaranda Room and analysed it in correlation with the Respect,…
Friday, 01 December 2017 02:38

Live Wires Forum

The Live Wires Forum had a real mix of delegates, some as passionate about technology as the speakers and some still unsure about the role of technology in Early childhood. So it was great that Professor Lydia Plowman started the forum by dispelling 7 myths about technology in early childhood…
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 05:16

Re-imagining Childhood Conference

Wow, such an amazing collection of perspectives shared at the inspirational Re-imagining Childhood conference! From the start of day one I was captivated, I laughed, focused intently, actively listened, shared and even shed some tears. Jack Buckskin’s welcome to country with his young son Vincent epitomised the importance and influence…
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:25

Welcome To Our Blog Page

As Educational Leader of Margaret Ives I would like to welcome all existing and new families to our MICCC blog. In 2015 we were rated as exceeding the National Quality Standard across all seven quality areas and as a Centre we continue to grow and challenge ourselves daily. This blog…

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