Unique early learning event at Red Hill is set to inspire industry
Goodstart Red Hill provides the benchmark for play-based learning. On Saturday, 29 May, it opens its doors to other early learning professionals, offering the chance to network and to experience a free arts workshop from award-winning lecturer Al Ohlsen, and reset after a year like no other.
We’ve all been focused on rolling out new protocols to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our families and team it will be so good to get together in person, in a COVID-safe way,” says Renee Mitchell, Centre Director at Goodstart Red Hill.
“It will be refreshing and motivating; it will give people extra energy.”
Not that you feel Renee herself needs extra energy. In her role at Red Hill for almost two decades, she is clearly passionate about what she does.
She’s also very successful.
Red Hill is an inspired showcase for play-based learning and professionalism. Turnover of staff is low, the waiting list for children is long.
Play-based learning is very much a hands-on experience, and that was the inspiration for opening their doors to other early learning educators, after a year of Zoom meetings and virtual connections.
“We wanted to create an event that invited others to come along and see our environment and share our vision,” explains Renee. “We have more than 5500 people following our journey online and this is a chance for some of them to experience our creative and inspiring ideas in person.”
The two-hour Saturday afternoon event is the perfect chance to network with like-minded creative educators, but also to take part in a genuinely inspiring arts workshop, based around less conventional ideas and methods.
“Al Ohlsen is an award-winning lecturer from Queensland University of Technology,” explains Renee. “He gets his ideas across in a very engaging way, via the medium of visual arts.”
The whole event feels indicative of Renee’s approach to her role.
“I really value professional development,” she shares. “I pride myself on creating a positive environment for my team, and I’m passionate about skills-based arts education. It’s a fantastic opportunity for educators to get some hands-on training to then be able to support children to express themselves through the arts.”
If successful, the event is set to be the start of a series of workshops and events.
“Free professional development is such a wonderful opportunity for everyone,” says Renee. “The ability to be hands-on and engaging in art and professional conversations with other educators is invaluable. We are really hoping to attract some keen early childhood professionals to come together for a delightful afternoon of networking and learning.”
There’s never been a more important time to come out from behind your computer. And there’s never been a more innovative and fun way to do it.
If you would like to be part of this wonderful opportunity register for your place.