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Inspiring Play Spaces

The first title in this series, Inspiring Play Spaces has been designed to encourage early childhood educators in all settings to create open-ended play spaces. These play spaces will enable children to develop a sense of who they are and an understanding of the world in which they live. The second title, Inspiring Idea takes 10 areas that are of high interest to children and explores them in detail. It provides a multitude of ideas of how educators can support childrens developing passion for learning in a variety of ways.

Ages: 0-5 years

About the Authors

Natalie has been an early childhood educator for more than 8 years. After completing her Certificate III in children's services she travelled to the UK where she worked in a kindergarten and ran an English as a Second Language course for the pre- prep groups. On her return, she began working at St Paul's Kindergarten while also studying her Diploma in Early Childhood. Her passion for leading programs that focus on sensory activities and creating imaginary play spaces meant that she jumped at the opportunity to coauthor her first book 'Inspiring Play Spaces'.

Susie is currently the Executive Director at Bubup Womindjeka, a large centre in Port Melbourne. She was the Director at St Paul’s Anglican Kindergarten in Canterbury and has completed both her Diploma of Teaching Early Childhood at Melbourne University and her Bachelor of Education Early Childhood at Deakin University. In 2011 Susie began studying her Masters of Education and is writing her thesis on the topic of ‘How early childhood educators engage with the Early Years Learning Framework’. She has been working in kindergartens for 16 years.

In 2009 Susie earned the ‘exemplary’ teacher classification, and has completed two Leadership Programs run by Bastow Institute. In 2011 she won the NEiTA ASG Inspirational Teachers State and Territory Award and was nominated for the National award.

Susie supports the wider community by running training workshops, mentoring and presenting at conferences on the topic of implementing the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standard and Developing Philosophy.

Susie specialises in art and children’s artistic development, and lectures at Deakin University teaching Early Childhood Art

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