Little Scientists Australia is a not-for-profit professional development program for early childhood educators and teachers combining inquiry-based learning with age-appropriate STEM exploration (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
The overarching goal of the Little Scientists STEM program is to improve access to high quality education for all children from an early age and to ensure the competitiveness of Australia’s workforce in the future:
- The program has been developed to amplify children’s natural curiosity for STEM and to ignite their passion for lifelong learning.
- The Little Scientists workshops spark teachers’ and educators’ interest in STEM, build their confidence and encourage daily implementation of playful scientific exploration together with the children.
- Every service and school in Australia that works with children from 3 to 6 years of age can join our program and can become an accredited Little Scientists House, ensuring their professional dedication to early STEM education.
The Little Scientists program has been highlighted by the OECD in their “Innovative Teaching for Effective Learning” (2012) report and is an excellent tool to meet a range of requirements of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).