- October 12, 2016
The Infant’s Home is thrilled to have won the Excellence in Building Inclusion category of the HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards. Winners were announced on October 7, during the Early Childhood Australia National Conference in Darwin.
A delegation of 10 staff from The Infants' Home, including practitioners from the allied health team, educators from family day care and our early childhood education and care (ECEC) team as well as senior staff, attended the Early Childhood Australia National Conference in Darwin during October 5-8. 2016. ECA is the peak body for early childhood education in Australia, and each year their conference shares a vision that places the child at the centre of practice and pedagogy for the early years.
The conference was a rich resource for our organisation, with each delegate benefitting from different aspects of the information presented. “What I look forward to, said TIH CEO Anita Kumar upon her return, “ is seeing how each staff member puts their newfound knowledge into practice in their work with children and families at The Infants’ Home”.
The conference concluded with the HESTA Early Childhood Education and Awards Dinner, where The Infants’ Home won the Excellence in Building Inclusion category. Judges said: "The team at the integrated early learning childhood education service were awarded for their holistic approach and innovative strategies to embed and promote inclusion across the entire organisation".
The Infants’ Home Integrated Services Manager, Lynn Farrell, said the service, which first opened its doors on the same site in 1874, provided an ‘oasis’ for children: “Our staff do an amazing job every day. There’s such a strong commitment to social justice and a holistic approach to inclusion that informs everything we do, from the team collaborating across a range of disciplines to staff collectively speaking 22 languages,” Lynn said.
The Infants' Home thank HESTA and Early Childhood Australia for recognising the importance of inclusion. We also thank ME bank for their generous support of this award, which provides a $10,000 grant to The Infants' Home for professional development programs. See more on the awards and winners http://www.earlychildhoodawards.com.au/Media/docs/2016-09-23-HECEA-2016-National-Winners-Announced-f5fe467e-d455-434d-833d-b74234554420-0.pdf
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