International Learning Experiences for Affinity Learning Academy Educators

A group of Affinity ECT’s have recently returned from an exciting trip to Auckland where they visited 9 different childcare centres to explore the history of New Zealand’s early year’s curriculum framework Te Whariki, and the relationship between Te Whariki, the research and education project of Reggio Emilia and New Zealand indigenous culture, and more. They exchanged knowledge and experiences, and attended specialist lectures delivered by experts in early childhood.

Affinity Education Group funded the trip as part of the Affinity Learning Academy ‘ECT Connect’ initiative, which is a national teacher networking program in conjunction with Griffith University.

(Lee, Louise, Sue and Jahmila leaving Anchorage Park Kindergarten)
Louise Valente from Kurrawatha Avenue Early Learning Centre New South Wales, Susan Reiter from Abacus Childcare Centre Victoria and Jahmilla Looney from Village Kids South Townsville in Queensland have all returned thoroughly enthused from the new learnings and ideas they have gained from the experience. They will now actively share these learnings and reflections with all Affinity employees in the 160+ childcare centres that are part of the Lifelong Learning Centres network across Australia. Through a series of webinars, blogs and ‘Jamming’ in Affinity’s employee online networking portal (JAM), thousands of educators will benefit from the experience.

(Jahmila, Louise and Sue visiting the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial)
Affinity Head of Human Resources Linda Carroll said “We are so proud of all our ECT’s who really took full advantage of the opportunity to learn as much as possible, and of course have a fantastic time! They were determined to take this new knowledge and inspiration and not only apply it to their own careers and childcare centres, but openly share it with as many other educators within the group so that they could also benefit.”

CEO Tim Hickey said the trip was a true reflection of the Affinity values to ‘create shining stars’, not only in Affinity’s children but in all their educators and staff too, and to ‘have serious fun’ while they do it.
“Our goal is to provide first class learning and development opportunities to Affinity employees to really empower them to reach their full potential and raise the standards of the early childhood education industry.” Mr Hickey said.

Affinity Education Group is one of Australia's largest privately held providers of early childhood education. Headquartered in Brisbane, Queensland, the company owns and operates more than 160 Lifelong Learning Centres throughout Australia, with a presence in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Affinity Education Group’s research-based Lifelong Learning approach places primary focus on high quality play-based early education which aligns with the approved curriculum requirements in each state. Our goal is to grow and instil a love of lifelong learning in every child, to help them reach their full potential.