Affinity launches Education Excellence Committee

Affinity Education Group has launched a new national Education Excellence Committee comprising Early Childhood Teachers from Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.

The committee has been established to provide expert advice and recommendations on Early Education programming and practice in Affinity’s 160+ registered child care centres.

Key to the committee’s objectives for 2018 are benchmarking Affinity’s centres against the group’s most recent ACECQA Annual Performance Report, and responding to gaps identified in the recent Pasco and Brennan report ‘Lifting our Game’ published in February 2018.

That report found quality early education makes a significant contribution to school readiness, with links to higher levels of employment, improved health outcomes and building skills for the jobs of the future.

The committee will advise Affinity’s 160+ child care centres on educational programming and practice, develop educational resources, and provide information, mentoring and professional development opportunities for Early Childhood Teachers.

Affinity’s research-based Lifelong Learning approach to early years education, has been endorsed by Professor Frank Crowther, a self-confessed lifelong teacher, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading advocates of the teaching profession.

The child-led Lifelong Learning approach combines highlights from some of the world’s most significant educational philosophers – Bronfenbrenner, Dewey, Maslow, Montessori and Reggio Emilia to form a foundation for educators of four key age groups – birth to one year; one to three years, three to five years and six to twelve years.

“Research study after research study confirms what early educators already know: the learning experiences within a child’s first five years form the foundation for their reaction to learning throughout their entire lives,” Prof Crowther said.

The Education Excellence Committee will focus on Quality Area 1 – Educational Program and Practice, and embedding the Lifelong Learning philosophy to ensure the best possible outcomes from the Early Years Learning Framework.

The Affinity Education Excellence Committee includes Fiona Young, Business Excellence Manager, and Early Childhood Teachers Kelly Hallas, Megan Matthews from Pitt Town Early Learning Centre (NSW), Yolandi Chandler from Kids Care Mindarie (WA) and Tracey Paton from Maple Street Early Learning (VIC).