Recently Emali Early Learning Centres announced an exciting partnership with Flinders University. Although that sounds very impressive we asked our quality coordinator Katherine Coulter to tell us what this actually means for our children and families!
Tell us a little about why Emali decided to work with Flinders Uni?
‘Emali decided to work closely with Flinders Uni to support the students studying their early childhood qualifications. Part of our partnership agreement with Flinders involves the university students being able to undertake their uni placements in our Emali centres and also engage in a work integrated learning projects’
What does that mean for our centres, families and staff?
‘This means that Emali will have exposure to the most current researched child related education and development through the early childhood students, this information will be shared to our educators through the students undertaking placements in our centres. Our Emali educators will also be provided with opportunities to engage in professional development through Flinders University which will have a direct impact on the care and education provided to our Emali children and families.’
Tell us about some of the exciting projects coming up.
‘We have 3 workshop groups of Flinders University students undertaking a Work-integrated learning (WIL) project on 3 of our Emali centres (Hectorville, Brighton and Morphett Vale)
Each workshop group works alongside the centre to support with a social or emotional dimension of their Quality Improvement Plan (QIP), this project is part of the Pedagogies of Belonging topic EDUC3522 and has a mix of 1st year Education (Early Childhood and Special Education), Disability Studies and 3rd year Education (Early Childhood)/Arts students.
Recommendations are then made to the centres on how to progress on the centres improvement plan and how the recommendations will have an impact on the overall well being of the Emali children.
Emali educators were fortunate enough to be provided with a professional development opportunity through flinders uni where our educators participated in a workshop relating to mindfulness of pedagogies of possibilities - Growth Mindset with Dr Leigh Burrows and Dr Jessie Jovanovic.’
This was part 1 of a series of workshops to be offered throughout the year ahead.
You mentioned that over 60 students are involved in the ongoing study! That sounds like it’s an important course (resource) for the University?
‘The university values the opportunity for their students to undertake “real life” work. To use their topic content knowledge, learning outcomes and applying emerging theoretical and policy understandings to a real life early childhood practice.’
Thanks Katherine! We look forward to checking in with you and keeping updated on all the exciting projects!