Karen Hugo and KU Mayfield Preschool Team are finalists in the 2018 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards' Advancing Pedagogy category.
The team from Mayfield NSW was recognised for integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) into the preschool's early childhood learning curriculum.
The curriculum was adopted to teach children to question and investigate the world around them. Children engage in STEM learning through play-based activities including science experiments, project work, cooking and building construction.
Awarded a ‘Little Science House’ certification by FROEBEL Australia, Mayfield Preschool is one of only eight early learning services to receive this type of recognition in Australia for the quality of its program.
The team's innovative approach to early childhood learning has helped to build a culture of research and co-learning amongst staff members, while also supporting children to develop their interest in and learn about STEM subjects from a young age.
Being recognised as a finalist in this year's awards is more proof of the preschool's creative approach to learning.
"It's an honour to be named a finalist," Director Karen Hugo confirms.