Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Men (& Women) Are Coming!

Although it is Easter, there will be no Easter craft ideas here. Instead I would like to take the opportunity to advise everyone of the upcoming conference, "Unwrapping - Rediscovering the Unlimited Potential of Play" hosted by Inspired EC in Shoal Bay, NSW on August 3rd and 4th this year. Two of the Keynote Speakers will be world renowned and respected men within the field of Early Childhood Education and Care.

First of all there is Marc Armitage. Marc is a playworker from England. Now the term 'playworker' is not widely known within Australia, so if you would like to learn more about what it entails perhaps you should visit Marc's site.

Then we have Tom Hobson, better known to most of you as Teacher Tom. Tom is the only educator at his Woodland Park Cooperative Preschool in Seattle, Washington.

Both men have much to offer in regards to the benefit of play for young children and just as importantly, they are excellent examples of men working within the Early Childhood Education field. They are both great advocates for EC professionals, regardless of their gender, and guys to look up to for inspiration and guidance if you are a bloke in the industry.

So make it to the conference if you can and as a bonus (or consolation prize) you may get to meet me.

It has been brought to my attention that by highlighting the men who will be presenting at this conference I omitted the very talented and highly distinguished Niki Buchan. Niki has been at the forefront of the Early Childhood profession in three continents. We are lucky enough to have her here in Australia with us now and wouldn't trade her for anyone.

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