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Gowrie Australia Reflections

From 2016 Reflections produced by Gowrie Australia has a new refreshed and revised format.  Once a hard-copy quarterly early childhood education and care magazine, Reflections will now produce articles digitally every month.    Reflections focuses on national issues and developments that are of interest to workers in children’s services and parents. In this publication, the editorial committee strive to balance a professional overview of the children’s services arena with on the ground practical interpretations of theories and programs.

If you would like to contribute an article or information to Reflections, please contact our head office Ph: 07 3252 2667

Download Reflections latest monthly issue below:

Issue 1 2019 ‘Engaging in Professional Learning: Relationships, Connections and Practice’
Issue 12 2018  ‘Put Your Hand Up – From Conversation to Connection: A reflection on breaking down barriers and enriching our programs’
Issue 11  2018 “Get all cosy… It’s like chill out”: ‘Children’s perspectives on relaxation in Early Childhood Education and Care’
Issue 10  2018  ‘Physical Health and Wellbeing: Innovative Approaches in an Inner-City Community’
Issue 9  2018  ‘How does your garden grow?’
Issue 8  2018  ‘The essential ingredient of leadership – Mentoring and Coaching’
Issue 7  2018
   ‘Information literacy: What is it and what pedagogies support information literacy in early childhood?’
Issue 6  2018
   ‘Capturing the story – An exploration of respectful documentation’
Issue 5  2018   ‘Bringing leadership into focus: Looking through multiple lenses’
Issue 4  2018   ‘Invisible transitions: A birth to three-year-old perspective’
Issue 3  2018   ‘Cultural Respect and Safety Training: Gowrie SA’
Issue 2  2018   ‘Are you ready for the new Child Care Package?’
Issue 1  2018   ‘Supporting children to physically flourish through action research’
Issue 12  2017  ‘Connections to Culture in Early Childhood Education: The Power of Story and Embodying Reconciliation’
Issue 11 2017  ‘Feed it to the Chickens; an article on Sustainability’
Issue 10  2017  ‘Unleashing what you know to make the world a safer place for children’
Issue 9  2017  ‘Strengthening Families Involvement – Children’s Learning and Development’
Issue 8  2017  ‘Building collaborative partnerships to support children’s success: A case study of how an early childhood team and primary school staff collaborate around transition to school’
Issue 7  2017  ‘Grow your service by growing your leadership’
Issue 6  2017  ‘Young Children and Metacognition: Thinking about (and Talking about) Thinking’
Issue 5  2017  ‘Enhancing Relationships through Gratitude in the Early Childhood Context’
Issue 4  2017  ‘Children’s Right to be Included’
Issue 3  2017   ‘Creating a Sense of Emotional Security through Scripts and Stillness’
Issue 2  2017   ‘Messy, Mobile Making: Considering Creative Technology for Early Learners’
Issue 4  2016   ‘Learning environments: A sensory Landscape’
Issue 3  2016   ‘Community Connections: Sharing Social Responsibility’
Issue 2  2016   ‘Play based Learning: Where do Educators fit?’
August  2016   ‘Ongoing Professional Learning – An Essential Ingredient!’


Past Issues for Download
Past Issues of the Reflections magazine are available for download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
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Reflections Summer 2015 Issue 61
Reflections Spring 2015 Issue 60
Reflections Winter 2015 Issue 59
Reflections Autumn 2015 Issue 58
Reflections Summer 2014 Issue 57
Reflections Spring 2014 Issue 56
Reflections Winter 2014 Issue 55
Reflections Autumn 2014 Issue 54
Reflections Summer 2013 Issue 53
Reflections Spring 2013 Issue 52
Reflections Winter 2013 Issue 51
Reflections Autumn 2013 Issue 50
Reflections Summer 2012 Issue 49
Reflections Spring 2012 Issue 48
Reflections Winter 2012 Issue 47
Reflections Autumn 2012 Issue 46
Reflections Summer 2011 Issue 45
Reflections Spring 2011 Issue 44
Reflections Winter 2011 Issue 43
Reflections Autumn 2011 Issue 42
Reflections Summer 2010 Issue 41
Reflections Spring 2010 Issue 40



EYLF – Assessment in the Early Years


With the Introduction of the EYLF, staff from Gowrie centres across Australia have been working together in a project to review the range of possibilities for ways of approaching assessment. Our work has led to the development of a resource – “Assessment in the Early Years: A Resource from Gowrie Australia drawing on the Early Years Learning Framework”.

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Diamond Early Learning Education Series

The Diamond Early Learning Education Sourcebook Series is an exciting new practical resource that provides information, teaching strategies and reflection ‘starters’ on topics that are designed to assist early childhood educators to effectively promote the desired outcomes for young children (3-5 years) as outlined in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).

Teachers’ stories, authentic anecdotes, observations and journal extracts are also included to further illustrate effective practices and strategies.

There are eight books in the series. Each book is attractively presented and easy to read with numerous colour photographs taken in different early education settings, providing additional examples of what effective practices ‘looks’ like.


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This book offers a five step process and practical strategies for assisting children to build (1) a sense of trust and safety, (2) develop mutual respect, (3) extend their social knowledge and understanding, (4) begin to appreciate and value difference and (5) participate in creating and experiencing a democratic community. The five Outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework are promoted as children and educators- are helped to consider Who am I How do I belong and What is my influence.


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There are many reasons why the Early Years Learning Framework emphasizes play as an ideal context for young children’s learning. This book explores these reasons and offers practical suggestions for promoting play particularly pretend play. If you want to know how to get more play happening, establish expectations for play, create supportive physical and psychological play environments, consider the educator’s role in play and become familiar with the functions play serves in learning this book is for you. Play, have fun and promote the Framework’s important learning Outcomes!


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Looking for practical strategies that support three five year olds develop their early literacy skills as talkers, readers and writers and as viewers and technology users. The strategies offered in this book are designed to enable children not only to become effective communicators, but also to help them use language to define their identity and enhance their relationships and sense of connectedness and well-being all desired Outcomes of the Framework. A summary in the form of questions is included so actions can be assessed and improved as you assist children to build their literacy skills.


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Build on the informal knowledge of mathematics children gain from their daily experiences, to encourage children to enjoy numeracy as a form of language and to establish a strong foundation for formal mathematical knowledge in later schooling. This book will ‘refresh’ your knowledge of key mathematical concepts and vocabulary so you can describe and support children’s ideas and understandings. Practical strategies for exploring and extending understanding of number and operations, patterns and algebra, spatial sense, measurement, data and probability are included.


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Pass on the enjoyment of music and dance to the next generation and promote the desired learning Outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework in the process! This practical book helps you engage children in music and movement in ways that enhance the sense of well being that comes with responding to the emotional power of music and communicating thoughts and feelings through music and dance. Practical ideas for fostering singing and chanting, listening and exploring sounds, introducing instruments, exploring movement and integrating music and movement into play are presented.


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Enable children to experience art as a language through which they communicate their own thoughts and ideas in visual form. Strategies for communicating ideas while exploring drawing, painting, collage, and three-dimensional work with clay and with boxes are offered together with suggestions for exploring the visual arts in ways that promote all the Framework Outcomes. A teacher’s story illustrates how children not only communicate their ideas using a variety of media, but also derive pleasure and confidence and connect more with each other and their world as they observed it more closely.


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Keep children’s curiosity alive as they explore and link what they know with the new knowledge they discover as they play. Suggestions for learning about living things and non-living things (including the properties of materials such as blocks) and exploring features of earth and space (including the need to care for the environment) are highlighted and questioning and problem solving abilities encouraged. In focusing on these key areas of science Outcomes 2 and 4 of the Learning Framework are promoted as children become confident and involved learners who understand and connect with their world better.


Leading Active Healthy Lives

Do you want to know more about helping children gain a strong sense of well-being a desired Outcome of the Early Years Learning Framework. As well-being flows from being healthy, physically active and making safe and responsible choices, practical suggestions are offered to assist children be physically active for sustained periods daily, to enjoy a range of fine and gross motor activities and gain greater competence and confidence. Additional ideas are offered for supporting children make healthy and safe choices and take more responsibility for their own decisions and actions that provide the foundation for an active healthy life!

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A Box Full of Feelings


A box full of feelings is designed specifically to support the social-emotional development of children aged two to seven. It was developed at the Research Centre for Experiential Education (Leuven University, Belgium) under the supervision of renowned international early childhood expert, Prof. Dr. F. Laevers. The set is built around four basic feelings: happiness, fear, anger and sadness. The box contains several basic materials to get children involved in more than 20 different activities, all year round.

What’s in the box?

  • 48 situational pictures (11x11cm)
  • each basic feeling has 12 pictures, with a short story and questions on the reverse.
  • 4 posters of the emotion figures (42×29.5cm)
  • 17 finger puppets
  • 4 carry-around ‘houses of emotions’
  • 4 masks depicting each feeling for children or adults to wear
  • a wheel of emotions with spinner (for games)
  • CD of emotive music
  • instruction manual including photocopy-friendly activities
  • sturdy storage box with carry handle

Price: $250 plus GST and postage & handling

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