Little Scientists Australia is the Australian adaptation of the successful work of the German not-for-profit “Haus der kleinen Forscher” Foundation, established in 2006. “Haus der kleinen Forscher” contiues to be the largest initiative in early childhood education in Germany. Around 47% of all German early childhood education and care services are actively integrating scientific exploration based on the “Haus der kleinen Forscher” inquiry-based approach.
The development of workshops and materials by “Haus der kleinen Forscher” draws on current knowledge in developmental psychology, learning research, early education and didactics.
In addition, the Foundation has incorporated numerous empirical findings and content-based recommendations accumulated during trainer workshops, regular preschool visits and observations made in the “Haus der kleinen Forscher” Foundation’s local networks in Germany over the past ten years.
The OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) Governing Board has recommended Little Scientists as an exemplary initiative for innovative teaching in its report “Innovative Teaching for Effective Learning”, released in April 2012.
FROEBEL is a leading not-for-profit provider of bilingual education and care services in Australia, Germany, Turkey and Poland with a strong commitment to excellence and best practice in early childhood education. Following the success of integrating the “Haus der kleinen Forscher” inquiry-based learning approach in a large number of FROEBEL education and care services in Germany, FROEBEL Australia initiated a partnership with the “Haus der kleinen Forscher” Foundation in 2013 and is proud to bring the Little Scientists Australia program to children and educators across Australia.
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