Ms ELENI PETINOS (Miranda) (17:44): I acknowledge Kirrawee Child Care Centre, which was officially recognised as a Little Scientists House on 20 March 2018. Little Scientists Australia’s purpose is to help children grow into resilient, critical‑thinking and problem-solving individuals through inquiry-based learning and playful scientific exploration as well as to change the educational landscape of Australia. The centre encourages children to explore, experiment and learn through play experiences. However, to become a Little Scientists House, the centre has had to successfully engage in daily scientific research with the children, document their progress and attend ongoing professional development programs with Little Scientists Australia.
It was a pleasure to join Kirrawee Child Care Centre for this celebration and to see the children’s joy as they engaged in innovative and fun science, technology, engineering and math [STEM] activities. I acknowledge the hardworking executive of the centre, Fikry Bassiuoni as well as Penny Driver and Sarah Murray, who saw this program through to its fruition. I commend Kirrawee Child Care Centre for its commitment to STEM education and congratulate it on its success in becoming a Little Scientists House.