About us

Asia Pacific Early Childhood Consultants was established in Singapore and Australia in 2002


 Our intent is to provide high quality early childhood professional learning opportunities that uphold the principles of equity, social justice and the mandates of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

We are also focused on promoting an interpretive and contextual understanding of the key principles of the Reggio Emilia Educational Project with specific reference to honouring children, professional inquiry, educational documentation and the impact of the physical and temporal environment.

We respect that the ideas lent to us by colleagues in Reggio Emilia are their intellectual property, and we refer to these ideas to develop our own interpretations and actions in order to translate them in to other contexts and cultural nuances. We acknowledge that the key principles and the notion of 'image of child' are the backbone of their work, which provide us here at APECC with the springboard for dialogue with others. 


Watch our Executive Director, Dr Deborah Harcourt, as she joins the panel session

 "How do we grow a good person?" with His Holiness the Dalai Lama,

and Dr Simon Longstaff (St James Ethics Centre),

Prof Carla Rinaldi (Reggio Children) and Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Youth without Borders) 


Our online courses - start any time!

Series 1: Translating Reggio Emilia

(a series of four short courses)

  • An interpretation of the key principles of the Reggio Emilia Educational Project
  • Working with the competent child
  • Building relationships with people, spaces and materials
  • Meaningful observations to support teaching and learning

 

Series 2: Re-imagining educational documentation

(a series of four short courses)

  • An introduction to educational documentation
  • Giving visibility to teaching and learning
  • Expressive languages and children's thinking
  • Linking documentation and assessment

New professional learning opportunities

COMING SOON!!

CHILDREN'S RIGHTS EDUCATION

An action research course that focuses on educating professionals who work with children to examine the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and its implications for professional practice. This 12 week online course will give participants an opportunity to explore the UNCRC as it relates to their own practice. This course is relevant to any person who works with children and young people in any capacity.

FREE PODCASTS

An opportunity for early childhood educators to join in a dialogue in order to debate and unpack current issues, events, challenges, viewpoints or niggles in professional practice. Of particular interest will be (re) developing a  relationship to the key principles of Reggio Emilia in the Australian context.

VIRTUAL SEMINARS

This professional learning opportunity is ideal for centre based teams who would like to understand more about the principles of Reggio Emilia, Educational Documentation, children's rights, environments that support thinking and other practice change mechanisms - in their own setting. These seminars can  be done live with Deborah or recorded for later use.


Acknowledging Country

APECC would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land upon which it meets with early childhood educators across Australia. This land was, is and will continue to be an important place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, who have travelled across our vast country since time began. We pay our ongoing respect to Elders past and present, and thank them for their guidance, courage  and support.

 


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We would like to acknowledge that some of the images we offer on this website, as illustrative examples of content only, have been accessed through publicly available sites and blogs such as the Garden Gate Development Centre, Let the children play, Reggio Inspired Centres, Michelle Pratt, Flinders Early Learning Centre and the Boulder Journey School.  Should viewers of our pages have any  issues with the images, please contact us immediately so that we may offer an appropriate acknowledgement or remove. We apologise in advance if we have overlooked any acknowledgements.