book now button

 Little Scientists and Toyota Early STEM Community Project

The Toyota Community Trust is funding professional development workshops to upskill 150 early childhood educators and teachers with inquiry-based STEM in Melbourne’s west.

Applications are open for early childhood professionals who want to have the knowledge and skills to lead STEM activities in their daily work with the children in their care.

To be eligible for the free workshops you must be an early childhood educator working in an early childhood service in            any of the Melbourne municipalities of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley or Wyndham.

Workshops will be conducted between June and November 2018.

On completion of the workshops your service may be eligible to become a certified Little Scientists House.

Applications close end of April 2018.

Applying is easy:

1. Make sure you are working in an early childhood service in any of the municipalities of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Vally or Wyndham.

2. Send us your application.

3. Submit your application before 30 April 2018.

4. Successful educators will be contacted by mid-May 2018.

5. Educators need to be able to attend two workshops between June and November 2018.

Apply for the Workshops






Please leave this field empty.

Have some Questions? Check out our FAQ’s

What is the value of the Little Scientists early STEM professional development program?

Early childhood educators will be inspired to learn more about inquiry-based learning re-igniting their own passion for STEM. Building educators’ confidence and enthusiasm in leading STEM activities in their daily work with 3- to 6-years-olds in their education and care service. Services can become a certified Little Scientists House.

Do the workshops align with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)?

Our inquiry-based learning program aligns with the EYLF and the workshop content is relevant, relatable and transferable to actively include playful scientific exploration and comprehension of basic STEM concepts.

What is STEM? And why should I be interested in learning about it?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Our program is designed to increase hands-on experiences and empower educators working with children to explore inquiry-based STEM topics with confidence and joy.

How are you able to offer the Little Scientists workshops at no cost to services?

The Toyota Community Trust is funding the Little Scientists workshops to upskill 150 early childhood educators and teachers with inquiry-based STEM in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

How do educators and/or directors apply for the workshops?

Educators need to self-nominate, and we urge early childhood services to encourage at least two team members to apply.

Which workshops will educators and teachers attend?

Successful educators and teachers will be eligible to attend two workshops each; Water, our foundation workshop, and Engineering, which explores forces and effects. Each workshop is run over one day.

Can educators and teachers attend just one workshop?

No, educators must commit to attend the two workshops.

When will the workshops be conducted?

Workshops will be offered on a variety of dates and locations to ensure all educators find a workshop that suits their needs. Water workshops will run from June to August and Engineering September to November, 2018.

What does the Water workshop focus on?

Every Little Scientists journey begins with the foundation Water workshop, where educators learn about our inquiry-based learning approach. Explore water with all senses, investigate the different aggregate states and test the solubility of various substances.

What does the Engineering workshop focus on?

Explore forces and effects – invent, design and construct to your heart’s content. Discover your inner engineer and find out how to encourage children’s technical thinking processes in an active learning environment.

What is a Little Scientists House?

Little Scientists House certification is awarded to services that are committed to ongoing inquiry-based learning in STEM in an early childhood educational setting. To apply for the certification, two educators or teachers from one service must have attended two Little Scientists workshops.

After completing the free workshops can services apply to become a certified Little Scientists House?

Yes, services can apply to become a Little Scientists House once two of their educators have attend two workshops each.

How many workshop spaces are available, and how will spaces be allocated?

There are 150 spaces available and educators will be selected randomly from the applications. Only educators from the six municipalities in western Melbourne can apply and be selected.

When do applications close, and when we will find out if we have been successful?

Applications close on 29 April 2018, and successful educators will be notified by email by mid-May 2018.

Who are the Little Scientists?

Little Scientists run professional development workshops for educators in STEM and inquiry-based learning. Our face-to-face workshops are designed to increase hands-on experiences and empower educators and teachers working with children from 3 to 6 years of age to explore STEM topics with confidence and joy. We are a not-for-profit organisation funded by the Australian Government specifically to drive higher awareness and engagement in early years STEM subjects. 

What is the Toyota Community Trust?

With its manufacturing operations closing, Toyota wanted to leave an ongoing legacy that would provide long-term benefits to the Australian community.

With its first grants, the Toyota Community Trust is enabling more young Australians to pursue further study and future careers in STEM. The Trust was established in 2017.

Important dates to remember

Applications are now open and close 29 April 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by email by mid-May 2018.

Application Terms and Conditions

  1. Applications will only be considered if the entire application form is complete.
  2. Applications must be submitted online by 6pm AEST on Sunday, 29 April 2018.
  3. Services are eligible to submit applications for any number of educators.
  4. Applications are open to Australian early childhood services operating in any of the Melbourne municipalities of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley or Wyndham. Educators and teachers working in these services (no matter where the educator resides) are eligible to apply for the workshops. (Applications from members of the community are not accepted or eligible.)
  5. Successful applicants of the Little Scientists Toyota Community Project will be notified via email or phone and may be announced on the Little Scientists website and or social media platforms.
  6. Information provided by the applicant in relation to the Little Scientists and Toyota Early STEM Project may be used by Little Scientists for promotional/publicity purposes. This may include, and is not restricted to, the information being used on websites, social media, printed material, advertisements and press releases.
  7. Applicants must be available to attend two workshops between June and November 2018. During the workshops, participants will be required to complete two short surveys; one pre-occasion survey and one post-occasion survey.
  8. Successful applications are not redeemable for cash, credit or product.
  9. The collection, use and disclosure of personal information provided in connection with the Little Scientists and Toyota Early STEM Project is further governed by the Privacy Policy on our website www.littlescientists.org.au.
  10. We may disclose your personal information to interested research institutions, who may invite you to participate in research relating to the Little Scientists initiative. You
  11. All applications become the property of Little Scientists Australia. As such, Little Scientists is the owner of the information submitted in the application form.
  12. To withdraw an application, written notification is required via email to info@littlescientists.org.au at any time with immediate effect.
Book Now