Community Kinder Plus awarded for excellence

​Community Kinder Plus (CKP) has won the first Emeritus Professor Collette Tayler Excellence in Educational Leadership award.

The award celebrates an early childhood service that has supported its educators to use intentional teaching practices that improve outcomes for children and their families.

Presented at the 2018 Victorian Early Years Awards, CKP CEO, Jane Spencer, said winning the inaugural award is an honour.

‘It was really humbling because there are so many wonderful and amazing finalists.’

By identifying their strengths and needs in kindergarten, CKP has improved children’s social and emotional development, their cognition and language and early literacy skills.

CKP manages 20 kindergartens in Frankston and across the Mornington Peninsula, focusing on improving outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable children.

The organisation has studied Emeritus Professor Collette Tayler’s research and has devised an assessment timeline, tools and templates to observe, track and record children's development. This research allows each child who attends a CKP kindergarten to have an individual plan that reflects their developmental needs and interests.

Community Kinder Plus Team Manager, Emma Boag, says CKP teachers and educators worked together to devise this award winning program.

‘We have built a community of practice which makes it a really special project and that was probably an unexpected outcome from the beginning.’

‘We have come together as a group of people with children in mind.’