Looking back on 2016…..

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”  Chinese proverb During 2016, EYES (Early Years Education Specialists) continued what we do best…..whole team professional learning sessions individually designed to meet the specific needs of each education and care service. “Team Building and Communication” were  popular sessions with many services who are continually striving to maintain and build teamwork, collaboration and effective communication within their team.These sessions are fun and interactive and allow teams to explore and discover more about each other and themselves, and how this impacts on the team as a whole. The Guide to the NQS states that teams need to “work collaboratively and affirm, challenge, support and learn from each other to further develop their skills and to improve practice and relationships” (p.114). Some of the feedback from our sessions tells us that team members have: Become more aware of other people’s feelings and opinions within the team. A greater understanding of how people perceive things differently. Learnt to listen to understand not just to reply. Discovered that each team member has a special talent and their own story. Educational Leader sessions have also been popular with the Director at one service combining all the leaders within the services she owns. Every few months we facilitate sessions for these leaders which ensures growth and promotes ongoing, vibrant, professional conversations and learning across her services. “It’s so good just having that outside voice and perspective and you always deliver in such a positive and nurturing way that I always feel recharged afterwards” (Quote from Director: Rebecca Moran). Rebecca also suggested we facilitate forums combining a...

What’s happening in Assessment and Rating?

ACECQA has just released it’s latest “Snapshot” of figures relating to the Assessment and Ratings process….. DID YOU KNOW? That services are more likely to receive Exceeding or Meeting NQS in : QA 4 Staffing Arrangements QA 5 Relationships with children QA 6 Partnerships with families and communities That services are less likely to achieve Exceeding or Meeting NQS in: QA 1 Educational  Program and practice QA 2 Children’s health and safety Qa3 Physical environment QA7 Leadership and service management Are you one of the 54% of centre based or one of the 71% of family day care services that are yet to be assessed? We can help you with the process ……contact us now!   “IT ALWAYS SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL IT’S DONE. ” Nelson Mandela      ...

Inspiring Environment

      We have recently visited “Curious Kids” where we are consulting with Sheree on Policy Development.We were inspired by the committment to quality improvement by Sheree and her team who have obviously embraced  quality learning environments for Educators, children and their families. The use of natural materials and earthy tones is reflected in the calm engagement of children in the program. “When your environment has a cosy homelike feel that brings out strong connections among the people there, they will experience a sense of belonging and security” ( Designs for Living and Learning…Deb Curtis and Margie Carter). What are the challenges in your environment? Need help? Need a second pair of EYES……..we can help you …..book us now for a...

Who are the faces behind EYES?

Our website is slowly evolving with the addition of some photos of us individually and together from our photo shoot on a glorious sunny day by the crystal clear ocean finally revealing the faces behind EYES, Early Years Education Specialists. Read also our individual profiles and you can see the experience, knowlege, dispositions and skills we bring indivdually and collectively to EYES. We aim to bring to you an innovative fresh approach to team training which is tailor made and unique to your specific service, education and care community and environment. We are now also on Facebook for you to like, comment and share…..just click the icon at the bottom of the page. So we are now ready and waiting for you to contact us for a free consultation to determine your unique training...