Nanjing No.1 Kindergarten Knowledge Exchange Program

The Nanjing No.1 Kindergarten Knowledge Exchange Program gives three eligible Victorian early childhood teachers the opportunity to:

  • spend two weeks in China, from 11-25 May 2018, visiting Nanjing No.1 Kindergarten (NNK) in Jiangsu Province
  • complete an action research project
  • share their findings upon their return to Victoria at an early childhood forum.

The program includes flights, hotel accommodation and daily allowances. Pro-rata Relief teaching backfill for time spent out in-country and attending program commitments will be provided to approved applicants.

Applications are now closed for the program.

Program goals

Nanjing No.1 Kindergarten is the oldest and largest kindergarten in Jiangsu Province and is widely respected for its innovative approaches to early childhood education and care.

During the exchange, participants will be able to:

  • build new professional partnerships
  • share their knowledge of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)
  • optimise leadership skills through leading reflective discussion
  • explore new teaching practices and apply them within the Victorian context to improve outcomes for children.

Who can apply

Applicants must be Australian citizens/permanent residents who are:

  • early childhood teachers, fully registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching, with a minimum of four years’ teaching experience in the early childhood sector
  • currently delivering a state-funded kindergarten program at a Victorian early childhood education and care service
  • delivering this kindergarten program at an early childhood education and care service with a service quality rating of Exceeding the National Quality Standard in Quality Area 1 (Educational Program and Practice), or has previously worked at a service at the time it was rated Exceeding in Quality Area 1.

Apply for the program

Participants will be selected through a competitive application process. This includes a written application and interview that will be assessed by a selection panel.

An ability to speak Mandarin or experience with Chinese culture or language is not required.

The Department strongly encourages all eligible early childhood teachers to apply for this exciting opportunity.

Applications are open from Monday 13 November until Friday 15 December.

To submit an application, see: Program application form

For guidelines, see:  Nanjing No.1 Kindergarten Knowledge Exchange Program guidelines (docx - 381.35kb)

About Nanjing No.1 Kindergarten

The knowledge exchange program is a partnership between the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education in China and the Department.

As the first certified Chinese/English bilingual early childhood service in Jiangsu Province, NNK places great value on knowledge sharing with international education organisations and has previously hosted ECTs from the United States, Canada and New Zealand.

The Nanjing Early Childhood Development Research and International Exchange Centre is co-located on campus and aims to create an international hub for early childhood excellence. As well as providing an innovative learning environment for the children, the Centre conducts collaborative research programs.

A recent project has seen NNK build its own ‘Children’s Museum’ for children to explore, discover and initiate their own learning.