Playful Connections with the Arts Project (PCAP)
A Partnership between Mirambeena Children’s Centre and the University of Southern Queensland
We are very excited to announce that Mirambeena Children’s Centre, sponsored and supported by C&K (Childcare and Kindergarten), have formed a transdisciplinary partnership with the University of Southern Queensland to explore how we can strengthen the Performing Arts in Early Childhood. The aim of this project is to inspire and elevate into everyday teaching practice, the importance of the arts in Early Childhood Education and Care, particularly as it relates to our C&K philosophy of supporting children to be empowered learners, thinkers and theorisers and active citizens.
In this partnership, USQ performing arts students have an opportunity to work with children of kindergarten age over a semester period to further develop their understanding of child development theory and practice and to consolidate their skills in implementation of drama techniques and delivering children’s theatre to young children.
Early Childhood Education and Care teaching students have the opportunity to work alongside an experienced Kindergarten teacher and use the C&K Curriculum Approach and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines (QKLG) to plan, reflect and evaluate arts inspired learning intentions for children.
A major consideration in seeking a partnership with USQ was the intended benefits for both educators and children attending Mirambeena Children’s Centre. Through exposure and participation in performance and drama the children have the opportunity to broaden the diversity of their experiences with the arts while also enjoying being imaginative, critical thinkers and developing confidence in self-expression. Through engagement and exposure to the leadership of the performing arts students, educators at Mirambeena Children’s Centre and the teaching students of USQ have the opportunity to develop their confidence in being playful with and alongside children.
To date, the students have been spending time observing the Kindergarten programs and developing relationships with both children and educators. The students have begun sharing stories with the children and performing Animal Yoga, which has been enthusiastically received by all involved. Over the coming weeks, the children will be engaging in a Dinosaur Dig workshop which is creating a great deal of excitement. We look forward to updating you about the shared learning experiences that will be evolving in the future!