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Winner – Agnes Farrance Award 2017

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Congratulations!! to our very own Sarah who was this week awarded the 2017 Agnes Farrance Award from Early Childhood Australia (ECA). This annual award is given to an early childhood educator who demonstrates a strong commitment to working within the early childhood teaching and caring profession. The Award provides financial support to enable the recipient to participate in a professional conference and to have the opportunity to share their experience with colleagues and peers. Sarah will use her prize to travel to Brisbane next week where she will attend (and give a presentation at) the Australian Council for Educational leaders (ACEL) 2017 Conference. Sarah’s presentation is about Distributed and Catalytic Leadership in Early Childhood.

CCC featured in Practice Principles videos

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We are proud that educators and children from our Centre are featured in a series of video resources produced by the Victorian department of Education & Training. These videos profile each of the eight Practice Principles, as strengthened in the revised VEYLDF. Narrated by Anne Stonehouse, consultant for early childhood, each Practice Principle includes interviews with early childhood education and care (ECEC) professionals and leaders. They also include video footage from a range of ECEC settings that exemplifies effective ways for supporting children’s learning and development, in line with each Practice Principle. This video highlights Respectful Relationships and Responsive Engagement


Sustainability Awards 2016

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I’m proud to report that Caroline, Tommy and I attended the ceremony, early in November, for the Victorian Government Resource Smart Schools Awards. At the ceremony, CCC was named as one of four finalists in the Early Childhood Service of the Year category – recognising the work we have done this year to embed sustainable practices and learning into our day-to-day programs. We received a finalist’s certificate and a prize of $250 which we plan to spend on some new sustainability-related equipment for the children. Yay, Team Clarendon!!

We are finalists!

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We recently received the very exciting news that the CCC educator team have been named as finalists in the 2016

Postscript: We had a great time at the ECA Conference and at the Awards Dinner. We weren’t the overall winner of our category but felt very honoured to be included as finalists – we were in very impressive company.

Illustrations of Practice

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As a Centre, we are proud to lead by example with regard to ‘best practice’ in early education and care and, at times, we have opportunities to share our practice with a wider audience.

Late in 2015, a film crew from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) spent a day in the Magic Room. The video footage they recorded has now been used to develop two separate Illustrations of Practice vignettes that can support other early childhood teachers to understand how their practice meets the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and as an illustration of what the Standard look likes in practice.

This first vignette illustrates Setting Expectations for Using ICT.

Sustainability News!

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SustainabilityDid you see the feature article about us in the most recent edition of “Divercity”? We are celebrating our new solar panels which are now working well and producing around 62kWh per day. We’re also looking forward to being a continuing participant in the “Seedlings” program in 2016.

Congratulations, Mel!

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I was so proud to be there with Mel last Wednesday evening when she received her “Highly Commended” certificate from Minister Jenny Mikakos at the Victorian Early Years Awards. To be one of three finalists in what was reportedly a very large field of excellent nominations for the early Childhood Teacher of the Year was a very well-deserved honour, as I’m sure you will all agree. Congratulations, Mel!!

Mel – Early Childhood Teacher of the Year finalist!

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I am SO excited and proud to be able to announce that our very own Mel has been shortlisted as an Early Childhood Teacher of the Year finalist in the 2015 Early Years Awards. These State Government awards celebrate exceptional work being done to improve the health, learning, development and wellbeing of Victorian children from birth to eight years and their families. The Early Childhood Teacher of the Year Award highlights exemplary teachers who are going above and beyond to engage children in their learning programs. Mel’s nomination focuses on her incorporation of long-term inquiry projects to support children’s collaborative exploration of ideas, feelings, misunderstandings and questions about “big” issues. If she wins, Mel will receive $10,000 to support her ongoing professional development.
The 2015 Early Years Awards will be presented by The Hon. Jenny Mikakos MP, Minister for Families and Children, in the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria International on Wednesday, 28 October. Fingers crossed!!

Clarendon Children’s Centre Receives ‘Excellent’ Rating

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I felt so very proud of my fabulous team at Clarendon Children’s Centre when we got the news this week that ACECQA has awarded us the rating of “Excellent”. I had been quietly optimistic, because I felt that we had been able to make a very strong application but we had also been informed that only 35% of applications for the “Excellent” rating are successful – so we knew that it wasn’t going to be easy.

News has traveled fast, and we have been very touched by the messages of congratulations from members of our community both past and present – there is a great sense of shared ownership which speaks to many years of sustained commitment, passion, enthusiasm, collaboration and hard work! We have had messages from past educators and also colleagues from other service; from current families and from families whose children attended 15 years ago.

For educators, the “Excellent” rating is a great validation of their professionalism and for parents it confirms what they already knew in their hearts – that their children are benefiting from really high quality education and care at CCC.

To check us out on the ACECQA website, click here!