Foundations for Success
Foundations for Success provides educators with a framework for planning, implementing and reflecting on a quality early learning program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (31/2 - 41/2 years) in the year before Prep in Queensland. Research has established the importance of the early years in laying the foundation for children's success in schooling and in later life.
A quality early learning program in Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities:
- reinforces personal and cultural identities
- connects with families and communities
- provides the foundations for children's successful learning.
Foundations for Success DVD
A DVD to support educators delivering Foundations for Success early learning programs in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities has been developed. The DVD shows programs in action in six diverse sites: Aurukun, Cherbourg, Yarrabah, Badu Island, Boigu Island and Saibai Island. This professional development resource has been distributed to educators, key stakeholders and resource centres.
Early childhood educators are encouraged to use the Foundations for Success guidelines and DVD when developing their learning programs. Principals and Heads of Campus will find the DVD useful when discussing early learning with their local communities.
The DVD can be accessed by early childhood educators via the Learning Place.
Report into quality early childhood program
An Evaluation of the implementation of Foundations for Success, undertaken by Professor Bob Perry, Charles Sturt University, was commissioned by the Department of Education, Training and Employment. A governance group comprising officers from the Division of Indigenous Education and Training Futures, Strategic Research, Office for Early Childhood Education and Division of Teaching and Learning has provided overall strategic direction for the project. Foundations for Success - guidelines for an early learning program in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Communities
was developed in 2007-08 by the then Queensland Department of Education, Training and the Arts. Developed in collaboration with Indigenous education experts, academics and educators, it is unique in its applicability to early childhood educators working in pre-Prep settings in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland.
For further information contact Pre-Prep Professional Support Teachers
(Indigenous Schooling Support Unit (ISSU), Far North Queensland telephone: (07) 4044 5600).
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This page was last reviewed on 09 Apr 2013