SRF Program

  • Ginnie & Pinney 'Learn & Grow'

    VEYLDF Alignment

    ​Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Assessment for learning and development, Integrated teaching and learning approaches.

    ​Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.


     ​The Ginnie & Pinney resources aim to stimulate ethical thinking, empathy and emotional intelligence in young children and promote engagement between children, educators and families.

    The content of each book allows teachers and families to draw out children’s strengths, make them aware of their differences and encourage them to reach their goals. Each story emphasises respectful relationships and strongly encourages responsive engagement. Use of these materials enables children to improve their listening, thinking and communication, giving teachers the opportunity to develop these skills in each child. The stories encourage deep thinking, imagination, communication, problem solving and creativity, with children listening to, thinking about, discussing with, and respecting each other. Open-ended questions at the back of each book encourage discussions between adults and children.

    Resources include:

    • an eight-book boxed set of 32-page full-colour paperbacks
    •eight four-minute animated videos
    •a 65-page teacher resource
    •set of nine Fair Trade finger puppets.

    Note that materials will be ready for delivery by the start of the kindergarten year.

    Detailed Costs

    Eight-book set, including a PDF of the teacher resource and eight animated digital videos: $197 (incl. GST)

    Optional Fair Trade finger puppets: $49.50 (incl. GST)

    Optional print copy of the teacher resource: $49.50 (incl. GST)

    Postage per pack across Victoria: $22 - 35 (incl. GST)

    Chinese version, Learn & Grow 8 book set with animated videos: $69.50 (incl. GST)

    Single Chinese language books: $9.50 (incl. GST)

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: the series is designed for young children aged three and older, their educators and families.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: books are available for purchase online (see Contacts) and comprise the practice materials.

    Program adaptability: Ginnie & Pinney materials are appropriate for use in an Australian and Victorian context. The resources have also been written in Mandarin Chinese, for use in Australian bilingual schools and in China. Resources could also be adapted for Indigenous children in remote communities.

    Training requirements: no formal training is required. This resource should be implemented in line with the VEYLDF.

    Supervision/coaching: the provider can arrange discussion groups and teacher training to support implementation of the resources if required.

    Tools and systems: reliable internet and ability to use a QR code needed to access the animated videos. A tablet, computer or digital white board needed to view them.

    Current best implementation knowledge: educators are required to understand the outcomes of the VELYDF and be able to recognise and apply these themes in each of the books.

    Priority Area

    Wellbeing (social and emotional)

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Level 5 – Foundational research evidence