Early Childhood students DreamLarge

Late last year, three Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) candidates spent two weeks working with children in the Wakathuni community in remote WA supported by a University of Melbourne DreamLarge grant.

Hannah Barber, Laurie Holmes and Rima Ramchandra worked with children at the 0-5 Gumala Early Childhood Education and Care Centre

They were involved with an early childhood education care program which is proven to increase the long-term learning and health outcomes of children and their parents.

Ms Holmes was struck by the Wakathuni children’s capacity. “They are fantastic children, so capable,” she said. “They’re walking at one, looking after one another and turning on taps to wash each other.”

For Ms Barber, the project confirmed the importance of early learning.

“Reflecting on it now, the project highlighted how critical it is to have early years education in these communities that are lacking in so many other resources,” she said. “Education goes beyond the urban niceties of Melbourne.

“One of the most beautiful things we heard there was a little boy that went to school reasonably regularly  leaned over to one of the girls and said “it’s really important you know your alphabet – it’s really important when you grow up.””

Late last year, three Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) candidates spent two weeks working with children in the Wakathuni community in remote WA supported by a University of Melbourne DreamLarge grant.

kids plying with toy truck

Hannah Barber, Laurie Holmes and Rima Ramchandra worked with children at the 0-5 Gumala Early Childhood Education and Care Centre

They were involved with an early childhood education care program which is proven to increase the long-term learning and health outcomes of children and their parents.

Ms Holmes was struck by the Wakathuni children’s capacity. “They are fantastic children, so capable,” she said. “They’re walking at one, looking after one another and turning on taps to wash each other.”

For Ms Barber, the project confirmed the importance of early learning.

“Reflecting on it now, the project highlighted how critical it is to have early years education in these communities that are lacking in so many other resources,” she said. “Education goes beyond the urban niceties of Melbourne.

“One of the most beautiful things we heard there was a little boy that went to school reasonably regularly  leaned over to one of the girls and said “it’s really important you know your alphabet – it’s really important when you grow up.””