Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities
Bachelor of Teaching Master of Education
Membership of professional associations
Reggio Exchange, Early Childhood Environmental Education Network, Environmental Education in Early Childhood, Free Kindergarten Association, Freinds of the Earth.
Area of study
Early childhood education
After initail training as a Pre-school Mothercraft Nurse and ten years of working in various children's service locations from long day care centres, Kindergartens and subsequent management positions, I chose to upgrade my qualifications. During my studies I began a 15 year career teaching in the TAFE system supporting students through Certificate and Diploma courses in Children's Services. I began my Masters of Educational Leadership and began working here at Latrobe in 2012 completing my thesis which focused on the pedagogical practices in a bush kinder settting in relation to early childhood education for sustainability in 2015. My research interests are children's innate love of nature and the benefits this brings to their wellbeing and learning capacities and the Reggio Emilia approach. I was fortunate enough in 2010 to participate in an International Study at the Centro Internazionale in Reggio Emilia, Northern Italy which has greatly influenced my teaching.
EDU2SPE Sing Play Explore
EDU2MSW Making Sense of Their World
EDU2CT Connections & Transitions
EDU2HNW Health, Nutrition & Wellbeing for Children
EDU3ONP Outdcoor & Nature Play
EDU1HPC History and Philosophies of Early Childhood Education
Canopy as campus, drawing curriculum from nature. Incorporating natural & recycled elements in early childhood programs. Threading sustainability thinking & practices through early childhood curriculu
Investigating pedagogical practices in a Bush Kinder setting in relation to early childhood education for sustainability to inform pre-service courses in early childhood education