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Jabiru staff learn from industry professionals

17 October 2017

Jabiru Childcare Staff attended the annual ‘Little People Big Dreams’ Conference, organised by Child Australia, in Darwin on October 6 and 7.
Jabiru Childcare staff were very fortunate to participate in industry conferences, as well as professional development sessions thanks to the LDCDP Fund, which expired in June 2017. 
Evi and Christine participated in several informative sessions on Friday, including one session held by Caroline Fewster about how to create beautiful, as well as useful play spaces for the children. 
The rest of the staff joined them on Saturday and were able to choose more sessions held by professionals from our industry. 
All staff agreed that Caroline Fewster is their favourite presenter, sharing inspiring ideas with a lot of fun and being able to engage all participants. Her session on Saturday was about ‘contemporary play learning possibilities especially designed for babies and toddlers’. 
Some of the staff participated in a session about STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and others listened to Dr Matthew Roberts who came up from Melbourne to talk about the importance of father’s in the life of a child, Post Natal Depression and how a child can change a families life and perceptions within families stem from. 
General Manager from the Department of Education Susan Bowden led a panel discussion about ‘the role of practitioner’s in children’s Learning and development in the early years’, which was interesting to watch. 
Not only were staff given the opportunity to participate in professional sessions, but also to network with educators from other centres from the Territory, as well as interstate. 
Staff also met up with Erin, who is now working in Warruwi, as well as Lare who used to work in Jabiru. After they gained inspiration and new ideas, it was time to have a relaxing meal with everyone, and to reflect on what they had learned over the last couple of days.