From:                                         Lady Gowrie Tasmania Inclusion Agency <> on behalf of Lady Gowrie Tasmania Inclusion Agency <>

Sent:                                           Wednesday, 14 March 2018 3:12 PM

To:                                               Inclusion

Subject:                                     March 2018 Inclusion News



Inclusion News


Welcome to the March edition of Inclusion News.  In January we farewelled Sheryl Corrigan after 12 years supporting service's inclusive practice.  Sheryl is looking forward to spending quality time with her family especially her grandchildren and travelling now she has retired.  Lady Gowrie Inclusion Agency welcome’s Helen Mounster who joined our Hobart team during January.  Please take time to read Helen’s profile within this edition of Inclusion News. 
Our first article in this edition from We Are Teachers ‘7 Preschool Classroom Setup Tips Inspired by Supermarkets’ reminds educators of the level of thought needed when it comes to the setup of care environments as this directly impacts on the way children use and move through the indoor space. Whilst this article is written to be reflective of preschool age care environments the same principles apply to care environments across all age groups.  Our second featured article ‘Brain Gym – Exercises to Awaken the Brain for Learning Readiness’ from Integrated Learning Strategies will stimulate educators thinking about the importance keeping children’s brain’s engaged.  Just like when you exercise – you engage and strengthen core muscles, brain exercises stimulate blood flow to the brain, increases oxygen supply to the brain, release stress, enhances learning and development.  Brain Gym is not only effective for young children but also adults.
March is also the time each year when Australia celebrates our cultural diversity through
Harmony Day celebrations on March 21st.  How do you plan to celebrate Harmony Day within your ECCC service?  March also encourages us to reflect and give consideration to World Autism Awareness Week which begins on Monday March 26th,  culminating in World Autism Awareness Day on Monday 2nd April (Easter Monday). Every year, World Autism Awareness Week is a time for us to come together as a community and celebrate autism, neurodiversity and reflect on the progress being made within the areas of research whilst still recognising there is still a long way to go to break down barriers children and adults with Autism face within our society every day.  Show your support by choosing a day during World Autism Awareness Week to encourage educators and children to wear BLUE.


Helen Mounster Inclusion Professional



Hi, my name is Helen Mounster, mother to Anna who is 2 ½ yrs and wife of David who loves to climb mountains. Three of us like to go bush walking and get lost in the wonderful nature of Tasmania.
I have worked as an educator for almost 10 years after I migrated from China to Hobart. This experience has enriched my knowledge, understanding and practice of working with young children. I like to play my guitar and interact with children in singing, dancing, and creating our own music. I also love sharing my Chinese heritage within daily programs.  Just recently I supported a service to celebrate Chinese New Year with their families and enjoyed watching children making traditional window decoration, tasting dumplings and showing their eagerness to learn Mandarin songs.
Over the years working within the sector and being a mother myself, I see the emerging need to raise a generation that know their worth despite their life circumstances. I am very pleased to join Lady Gowrie Tasmania Inclusion Agency team and be part of the solution to ensure that all children’s experiences are recognised, valued and to ensure  all children have equitable access to resources,  active participation and opportunities to demonstrate their learning.  I look forward to working alongside other professionals like you, sharing each other’s strengths, diverse knowledge and skills and working together to promote inclusion and participation by all children and supporting their educational success.



7 Preschool Classroom Setup Tips Inspired by Supermarkets


The best preschool classrooms are set up a lot like your favorite grocery store. Think about what makes it your go-to grocery store —– is it because it's neat and organised? Before finalising your floorplan consider these must-try tips from successful supermarkets (adapted from the HighScope book Essentials of Active Learning).




Brain Gym: Simple Brain Gym Exercises to Awaken the Brain for Learning Readiness


During the recent Early Childhood Australia - Tasmania Branch forum in Hobart, with Laurie Kelly from Mindworks, we explored how stress impacts our brains ability to think clearly and function at full capacity.  Laurie introduced us to the power of relaxation, which helps to clear our brains from stress, benefiting our memory, concentration, behaviour and learning skills.

Several techniques we explored were from the program, Brain Gym.  Brain Gym uses simple physical movements to stimulate the brain ready for learning, strengthening the links between the brain's left/right hemispheres.  Brain Gym can be used with children of all ages, to clear their mental pathways and reduce stress levels, preparing them for meaningful learning.  This article introduces 3 simple Brain Gym activities that can be implemented with children to activate their brain in a fun and engaging way.






Skype for Business


Here at Lady Gowrie Tasmania Inclusion Agency, we have been trialing using Skype to keep in touch with service more readily.  So far we have used Skype to take part in team meetings and we are hoping to extend on this throughout 2018.

We have included the link to Skype for Business so that you can download it.  We would love the opportunity to develop another avenue for you and your educators to receive support from a broader group of Inclusion Professionals across the state.




Harmony Day March 21



Harmony Day is held every year on 21 March to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  The continuing message that ‘everyone belongs’ encourages people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster a sense of   belonging for everyone. Harmony Day is our nations day to celebrate Australia’s diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home.  It’s about community participation, inclusiveness and respect—a time to reflect on where Australia has come from, while also recognising the traditional owners of this land. Cultural diversity is in Australia’s national interest, building our productivity and enriching our lives. Harmony Day provides an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the benefits and potential that cultural diversity brings.  Australia’s cultural diversity remains one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are as Australian’s. 
Did you know?
•          Over the last 70 years seven million migrants have made Australia their home.
•          Almost half of Australians were born overseas or have a parent who was.
•          People from more than 200 countries make up our Australian community and over 300
           languages are spoken in our homes
•          Apart from English the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic,
           Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi
Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Day and all Australians are encouraged to wear something orange on 21 March to show their support for cultural diversity and an inclusive nation.
Visit for Harmony Day resources to advertise and support your service’s celebrations.





Autism Awareness Day


World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day on the 2nd of April every year.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex neurological condition.  While there are common characteristics, each individual is unique.




Please note Lady Gowrie Tasmania Inclusion Agency has offices in all three regions of the state, however, as Inclusion Professionals work predominately in early childhood and child care services across the state, please direct any inquiries to head office where we can ensure a timely reply to your enquiry.

Operational Hours

Operating 51 weeks of the year

Monday to Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm (Head Office)

After hours by arrangement

Head Office
346 Macquarie St,
South Hobart, TAS, 7004.

1800 647 718
6230 6840

Regional Offices
56 Frederick St, Launceston, Tas, 7250.
6324 1360   
11 Queen St, Burnie, Tas, 7320.
6431 3026



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