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Barbara Langford

Barbara Langford has been a Montessori teacher for over 30 years during which time she has established seven highly regarded Montessori ECEC centres in Adelaide. Barbara is a passionate advocate for raising the quality of education and care for young children. She spent many years as the President of both Childcare SA and also Childcare Associations Australia enabling her to champion at both a State and Federal Government level for the benefits of high quality early education for children. Barbara also runs a consultancy business called Montessori Management and Mentoring (MMM) through which she offers her expertise to assist others in the establishment of new centres and the training of staff and was Manager of Montessori Early Childhood Australia (MECA), a division of the Montessori Australia Foundation.

Saturday, 11 March

2:30pm – 3:30pm

concurrent workshops - select one

Within each child is their own unique timeline for the unfolding of their development. We cannot ‘teach’ children of this age -they are innately driven to experience the world through their own ‘work’. Our role is to observe and ensure that we offer an environment that supports the unfolding of every new experience that the child seeks. Too often educators believe it is their job to keep children busy, active and entertained, often leading them to go home empty of energy and feeling exhausted. Our role is not to direct the learning, it is to support it. We need to take the time to just ‘be’ with the children, to witness the miracle of each new achievement and to be fulfilled by the trust each child places in us to be their guide when they need us. In this workshop, Barbara will remind us of the incredible journey each child takes to achieve their independence. We will practice “observing” a child through a different lens and discuss how we can support and nurture this critical stage of human development.