Winning voyage – Almut Weiler Anderson
Paddington based early childhood educator, Almut Weiler Anderson was announced as a national winner in the Early Education and Care Awards in the category of Educator of the Year, after being also recognised as the State Winner in the category, and will share in training and professional development grants to the value of $50,000.
"I have always had an interest in fostering learning in others."
Thrilled with the win and the acknowledgement of hard work being done across the early childhood sector nationally, Almut said she really enjoys her role as an educator within the team at KU Peter Pan Preschool which celebrates diverse cultural backgrounds.
"Having multiple perspectives enriches our learning environment and opens up opportunities for authentic experiences in early childhood education," Almut said.
"Play-based programs provide a wide range of active and meaningful experiences that incorporate choice," she said "while enabling children to experience many of the organisational elements that are important for school."
On a personal level, with a passion for professional self-development and early childhood education, Almut also appreciates the concept of being able to cater for children's interests.
"It inspires me when I see children's great imagination. I love providing them with opportunities for creative expression and am constantly amazed with what they come up with.
This keeps it interesting for me, as I never know where the learning voyage will take us.
I believe that as teachers we need to dare to open ourselves to the unexpected and to experiment together with the children."
With the support of the Awards, Almut looks forward to continued early childhood training and sharing new knowledge and skills with colleagues and peers to make a real contribution in childhood education.
KU Children's Service's CEO, Christine Legg attended the Awards, joining in celebrating the achievements and Almut's approach to teaching and learning.
"For up and coming leaders like Almut, it is wonderful recognition of her commitment to her work, her ethical and reflective approach and her overall respect for young children not only as citizens of today, but at the creators, thinkers and doers of the future."
Congratulations to all Award recipients, including Gayle Dodd, NSW/ACT 2017 State Award winner for Early Childhood Director.
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