The Victorian Department of Education and Training's School Readiness Funding initiative recognises Parent-Child Mother Goose as a program that can bring benefits to four-year-old children in each of this initiative's three priority areas:
Wellbeing (social and emotional), and
Access and inclusion
If you're an early childhood educator working in a Victorian kindergarten program eligible for this funding, you may be curious to know more about Parent-Child Mother Goose, and why the Victorian government has endorsed this program.
What is Parent-Child Mother Goose?
This whole website is an attempt to answer this question! However, in brief we can say that:
Parent-Child Mother Goose is an evidence-based group experience program that strengthens attachment and interaction between parents or carers and their young children by introducing them to the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together.
Research shows benefits to children’s communication and social development and enhanced parent-child relationships.
During a Parent-Child Mother Goose session, parents, carers and their children meet as a group with two trained facilitators once a week throughout the year, learning songs, rhymes and stories together. Facilitators model and nurture positive and joyful interaction between parents, carers and children, and encourage participants to use the material in their daily family routines and interactions with their children.
Through the program, parents and carers gain skills and confidence that help them create positive family patterns during their children's crucial early years. At the same time, children benefit from enjoyable, healthy early experiences with language and communication.
Multiple benefits from Parent-Child Mother Goose training
As well as qualifying your early childhood educators to run a Parent-Child Mother Goose program, our two day training workshop will also strengthen your educators' existing skills in:
Developing children's spoken communication
Building positive relationships with parents and carers
Several ways Parent-Child Mother Goose could benefit and support your kindergarten community
We invite you to consider several ways Parent-Child Mother Goose could benefit and support your kindergarten community:
Arrange for two or more of your early childhood staff to complete our two day training workshop, then introduce a weekly Parent-Child Mother Goose program into your kindergarten service.
Co-operate with one or more kindergarten services in your area to train two or more Parent-Child Mother Goose facilitators. These facilitators then jointly run weekly programs for each of your respective services.
Arrange for some of your early childhood staff to complete our two day training workshop as a valuable form of professional development that will help strengthen your early childhood educators' existing skills and understanding in using songs, rhymes and oral (or signed) stories to support four-year-old children’s communication development, their sense of wellbeing and their inclusion.
What is the cost of two day training?
Training workshops in suburban Melbourne currently cost is $410 per participant.
In areas outside Melbourne, the cost is higher, as we need to cover our trainers’ travel and accommodation expenses. In Victoria, recent regional training workshops have cost around $450- $480 per participant.
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