‘Little Scientists’ is a not-for-profit initiative of FROEBEL Australia Limited and in cooperation with the German “Little Scientists’ House” Foundation. It has been designed to facilitate children’s curiosity for science, technology, engineering and mathematics through age-appropriate, fun and playful experiments already in their early years. Every education and care service in Australia that works with children from 3 to 6 years of age can join the program and can become an accredited “Little Scientists’ House”.
The program sparks teachers’ and educators’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and encourages them to implement the ideas and concepts from the workshops while exploring together with the children.
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).
Why are science, technology, engineering and mathematics for children from 3 to 6 years of age – and with this the ‘Little Scientists’ initiative – an important topic for Australia?