By Jessica Anstice
Pakenham’s Goodstart Early Learning Centre officially opened its ‘Djeembana Studio’ on Monday.
The Djeembana studio is a Reggio Emilia inspired studio space that has been deeply researched and thoughtfully resourced to allow learning through exploration, invention, construction, drama, adventure and a connection with the natural world.
The studio was formally introduced by Goodstart Early Learning director Beth Mason, Cardinia Shire Council Mayor Graeme Moore and Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale.
“This is an exciting moment for the shire to feature innovative advancements in early education,” Ms Mason said.
“The studio allows our pedagogical practice to unite with our indigenous perspectives to form a unique identity. This is who we are and who we will become.
“The goal of offering these open-ended experiences with various media is to emphasise the process of creation, rather than the goal of being a finished product.”
The studio offers children repeated opportunities helps them become more fluent in the language of art.
The fluid environment acts as the third teacher bringing collaboration, respect for individuality of each child guided by the ‘hundred languages of children’ encouraging children to use their many modes of expression.
“Within our spaces children can awaken to an understanding of being inventive, engaged and delighted,” Ms Mason said.
“As we listen and watch them closely they teach us to be inquisitive, observant and responsive in our work as educators.”
During his opening speech, Cr Moore focused on the atmosphere of the new studio.
“I just love this place. It’s got a really nice feeling of warmth,” he said.
“I can see the kids getting involved with earthly objects in the studio which is wonderful.”