Musicals & More at Little People, Big Dreams 2022

13 Feb 2024

Child Australia, in partnership with the Northern Territory Government are proud to host the Little People, Big Dreams Conference on Saturday, 22 October 2022 in Darwin.  

With a wide variety of presentations featuring information on the latest research and current practices, the conference is the largest professional development opportunity for those working in the Education & Care sector.  

We are thrilled to announce that there will be two keynote sessions as part of LPBD 2022, NQF The Musical, presented by Dr Red Ruby Scarlet and Louise Dorrat; and Why Play presented by Angus Gorrie.  

NQF The Musical 

In an all singing all dancing extravaganza, dynamic dramaturgical early childhood thespians, Red and Louise invite participants to walk through the experiences of a coordinator and an educational leader in an early year’s service – Dramaturg St ELC.    

It focuses on all the Quality Areas underpinned by   

  • The Assessment and Rating process  
  • The Quality Improvement plan   
  • Exceeding themes    

Dr Red Ruby Scarlet is an activist, early childhood teacher-researcher, consultant, speaker, artist and academic. Red has 25 years experience in early education. Her passions? Creative, imaginative, inclusive practices – especially those that promote anti-bias, high quality art practices, respect for Aboriginal cultures and social justice.  

Louise has worked in the early year’s profession for over 35 years in a variety of roles including extensive experience in managing early years’ services and assisting in the establishment of the first Bush Kinder. Louise was an advisor on the updated NQS and most recently was contracted by the Department of Education and Training (DET) to deliver ‘Transition: A positive Start to school’ to Prep and Kindergarten teachers. MEd, BTeach, Dip SSc 

Why Play 

Play is often at best seen as a bit of fun for children, and at worst something that happens around the important stuff. This session will discuss the history of the Adventure Playground movement from inception to their current status. Playwork, and its development alongside this movement will be discussed as well as the evolutionary function and many benefits, educational, developmental and psychological, play has for children when offered with affordance. This session is designed to demonstrate philosophically, theoretically and practically why intrinsically motivated play is critical to the development of successful humans wherever they may be.  

As a playworker and play advocate, Angus Gorrie is passionate about providing authentic play opportunities for children, wherever they may be, and pushing back against increased play deprivation and play bias. Angus has qualifications in Behavioural Sciences and Psychology, Playwork and is currently working towards a Masters of Medical Research investigating how play (in the broadest sense) supports the mental health of children. He also spends his day as a practitioner working in a large OSHC Adventure Playground. It is this experience and the stories that come with working in a practical setting, combined with the theory and knowledge of study that shapes and guides Angus’s perspectives and points of view. 

Abstract submissions for other workshops and sessions are open until 6th June 2022 – register your interest on the Little People, Big Dreams website 

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