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Little Scientists

House Certification

Little Scientists House is Australia’s only dedicated early childhood STEM certification program. Becoming a Little Scientists House allows you to showcase to parents and the community that your service is committed to best practice in early STEM education and inquiry-based learning. 

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Becoming a Little Scientists House

To be eligible to become a Little Scientists House, your service must have completed the following in the previous 24 months:

  • Two educators have attended at least two Little Scientists workshops each. One of these workshops must be an in-person or in-service workshop, while the other workshop can be an in-person, in-service, or an online workshop. If your service is not located near any in-person workshops, please email us at house@littlescientists.org.au and we will customise this eligibility.
  • Develop and document an inquiry-based STEM project with the children in your service using the STEM skills and pedagogical knowledge you’ve gained from your Little Scientists workshops. Please also follow the guidance and support on this project support page. 

Once you have completed the eligibility requirements detailed in Step 1, you can submit your application to become Little Scientists House certified here.

Applications will be reviewed every four week by Little Scientists’ early childhood education specialist and assessed for quality assurance and eligibility. We’ll let you know if our application is approved or if more information is needed.

Once your application is approved, you will be asked to finalise the certification process by paying the certification fee of $250 (or $200 for renewal applications), which helps to cover the administration, materials, and postage costs associated with your certification.

Within three weeks of the payment receipt, we will post your Little Scientists House pack, which includes the Little Scientists STEM project book “Everyday inquiry in practice”, STEM Starter Cards, and your Little Scientists House plaque to proudly display to families in your lobby. We will also share your digital Little Scientists House stamp to display on your website, email footer, and in marketing.

As a Little Scientists House, you will enjoy many perks! This includes complimentary access to our online STEM Hours (online panel discussions with STEM and early childhood experts on thought-provoking topics), ongoing STEM support and guidance via house@littlescientists.org.au, and your service will be featured on the Little Scientists House website map with a link to your service’s website.

What you’ll gain

STEM Education Support

PD & Support

Free STEM Hour webinars and ongoing support from the Little Scientists team.

STEM Education Stamp

Digital Stamp

A digital certification stamp to use on your website and marketing to showcase your commitment to early childhood STEM education.

STEM Education Promotion

Promotion

A listing and link to your service on the Little Scientists House map.

STEM Education Resources

Resources

Little Scientists STEM project book and STEM provocation cards

STEM Education Plaque

Plaque

A personalised Little Scientists House plaque to display to families at your service.

Little Scientists Houses

Little Scientists is proud to have certified early childhood services in every corner of the county that have demonstrated their commitment to early childhood STEM education and inquiry-based learning.

To find your closest Little Scientists House certified service, explore the interactive map below and then click the house icon for individual service contact details.

Little Scientist House Projects

Little Scientists Houses are passionate about incorporating inquiry-based STEM education into their daily practice. In part, this is demonstrated by developing children-led STEM projects to foster curiosity, critical thinking, and joy of learning. 

If you would like to embrace child-led projects or become Little Scientists House certified, you can find a few of our favourite projects here and our project support page here.

What better place to run a child-led project on germs than a service attached to a hospital? Find out how the children at the Prince Charles Hospital Early Education Centre conducted a germ study by wiping slices of bread on doorknobs and pets.
Starting with an experiment of trying new foods while holding their noses, the children at MLC Kindle went on to research different aspects about the nose, including its physiology and scents, finishing the project with a fun animated movie.
During this extensive bird nest engineering project, the children at Makybe Rise Primary School learned about their environment through scientific observations and descriptions, while exploring different materials. How can a nest best protect the eggs?
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