Prime Minister Turnbull announces $4m funding for FROEBEL's Little Scientists
Happy Birthday Kindergarten
FROEBEL and Little Scientists are featured in the Winter Edition of the Rattler Magazine. Camille Howard uncovers the story of FROEBEL's arrival and continued growth in the Australian early education and care landscape. Please click on the Rattler cover and have a read!
Bilingual Early Learning
with Professor Ingrid Piller and Erhard Seifert
We would like to invite you to a lecture on “Bilingual Early Learning”, with Professor Ingrid Piller of Macquarie University, to learn more about bilingual education in the early years and to discuss your experiences & questions. Her lecture will be followed by a short introduction by school principal Erhard Seifert to the offerings of the German International School Sydney, one option for your child to continue with learning German in Sydney after leaving FROEBEL.
Ingrid Piller is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney. Over the course of her international career, she has also held appointments at universities in Germany, Switzerland, UAE and USA. Ingrid's research expertise is in Intercultural Communication, the Sociolinguistics of Language Learning and Multilingualism, and Bilingual Education. She is very passionate about the effects of bi- or multilingualism on young children and bilingual education. And given that she is German herself, she has a soft spot for our bilingual concept!
Erhard Seifert, Principal of the German International School Sydney (GISS) will talk about the bilingual approach of the school in Terrey Hills, introduce you to the schools facilities and offerings (including the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program). Since January 2015, the school operates under the NSW school calendar year and also offers school bus shuttle services to/from Terrey Hills.
Please RSVP by Friday, 20 February 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how many people will attend.
This event is free of charge. Adults only.
German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel to meet with FROEBEL Australia and the ‘Little Scientists’ initiative in Sydney
AAP Press Release, 14/11/2014:
Fostering the next generation of responsible global citizens and innovators – that is the mutual goal of FROEBEL Australia and the ‘Little Scientists’ initiative who have been selected to present their bilateral work in the Australian early childhood sector to German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel at the Business Reception of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Sydney on 17 November 2014.
FROEBEL Australia is a premium, not-for-profit provider of bilingual long day care services, offering excellence in early childhood education and care, as well as unique bilingual early learning programs for children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. The curriculum encourages children’s autonomy, self-confidence and self-esteem. FROEBEL’s philosophy is rooted in the progressive ideas of Friedrich Fröbel, the renowned educator who developed the Kindergarten concept 175 years ago. FROEBEL Australia has been operating two bilingual early learning centres in Sydney since 2009, and opened a brand-new, state-of-the-art centre in Melbourne in October 2014.
Since 2013, FROEBEL Australia has been partnering with the “Little Scientists’ House Foundation” in Germany to bring their innovative, best practice science program for children from 3-6 years of age to Australia. The ‘Little Scientists’ program has been developed in Germany in 2006 and encourages teachers and educators to integrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects into their curriculum. By now, the initiative has reached more than 1 Million children in Germany alone, and more than 26,500 education and care services benefit from the program. FROEBEL and the ‘Little Scientists’ initiative make the program available to approximately 350 education and care services during the initial national roll-out phase, and is aiming to substantially extend its reach through local network partners across Australia.
FROEBEL and the ‘Little Scientists’ are proud and grateful that German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel expressed her interest in their important work in the early childhood sector and that she will make time to meet with Managing Director, Olde Lorenzen, and Project Manager, Christine Schneyer during her short visit to Sydney.