Building Foundations for Early Learning

We believe there has never been a more exciting time to be involved in the education and care of young children.

Over the past twenty years there have been considerable breakthroughs on neuroscience research.

The outcomes from this research has had a huge impact on what we now know about early childhood development, in particular

…quality interactions during the earliest stages of life play a crucial role in shaping children’s perceptual, cognitive and linguistic ability, their physical, social and emotional development and physical and mental

health, activity, skills and behaviour in adult life. (Winter, 2010a)

However, this information and evidence has been widely unavailable due to its technical nature. At the same time families are expressing concerns on receiving a wide range of messages on how to raise their children, through a variety of sources and often conflicting information.

In the writing of Building Foundations for Early Learning we have made available current research, information, shared knowledge and strategies for the early childhood sector and how these influence literacies for life. The aim of this substantial professional development program is to guide organisations and how their programs can positively and effectively engage with families and very young children in their community.

The Building Foundations for Early Learning workshop is delivered in 3 modules and covers the following topics:

Module 1: Principles That Underpin Effective Practice

Focus on 11 Child Development Statements developed by the Education Council (formally SCSEEC) and how to incorporate these into programmed activities and share them with families at your centre or library.

Module 2: Practices That Promote Children’s Learning

Includes information about behaviour management, early literacy skills, culturally inclusive programs and planning story time sessions for young children that draw upon learning outcomes from the National Early Years Learning Framework.

Module 3: Story Time Resources and Handouts

A look at practical resources developed by The Little Big Book Club that are available for practitioners to use in early years settings.

The professional development program would not have been possible without the support and help of:

  • South Australia’s Department of Education and Child Development
  • The Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC)
  • Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Office of Early Childhood Education & Child Care
  • Public Library Programs, Public Library Services
  • University of South Australia School of Education – Magill.

For more information on Building Foundations for Early Learning please contact:

Belinda Spry, Program Manager

Michelle Littleboy, Outreach Officer