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The Loris Malaguzzi International Foundation in collaboration with Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange and Guardian Early Learning Group is pleased to offer a Scholarship for Australian early childhood educators working to progress the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to high quality early childhood education.

The Scholarship will fund two educators’ participation in the April 2018 Reggio Emilia International Study Tour to study the pedagogical approach of the schools and infant toddler centres of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.

The Scholarship includes travel, accommodation, International Study Tour registration fees and a living allowance for an educator to attend the Study Tour.

Application Process

Who May Apply

  • Early Years Educators who currently work directly with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children who work in a not for profit Long Day Care, Family Day Care, Preschool (kindergarten) or Early Years of Primary School .
  • Two educators from the same service are encourage to apply

The following service types are not eligible – Educators providing education and care provided by a hotel or resort, occasional care settings, vacation care or outside school hours care, education and care provided on an adhoc basis, transition to school programs, play centres or consultants that do not work directly with children

Time to Apply By

  • Applications close Friday the 8th of December at 9:00am

Selection Criteria

  • An Australian citizen
  • A minimum Diploma qualification
  • 5 years professional experience is preferred, but not required
  • Some knowledge of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education
  • Working to enhance the educational experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  • Has actively sought opportunities to work alongside Indigenous families and communities in partnership which recognises, supports and builds capacity of Indigenous people to lead decision making and ownership of policy decisions which affect them.
  • Has sought to build competence in children, families, colleagues and communities.
  • Has used strategies which demonstrates a commitment to the Government Strategy Closing the Gap that aims to reduce disadvantage among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants must address how they have actively worked towards some or all of the following:
    • Closing the gap in life expectancy within a generation
    • Halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five within a decade
    • Ensure all Indigenous four years-olds in remote communities have access to early childhood education within five years
    • Halve the gap for Indigenous students in reading, writing and numeracy within a decade
    • Halve the gap for Indigenous students in year 12 attainment or equivalent attainment rates by 2020
    • Halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade

Selection Process

A committee has been formed to oversee the selection process, the membership of which will be as follows:

  • Two members from REAIE with experience in Indigenous early years education
  • Two members from Guardian Early Learning Group with experience in Indigenous early years education
Click here to complete the application form

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I attend another Study Tour as I am not able to attend the April 2018 Study Tour?

Your application for this scholarship assumes your availability to attend in April 2018.

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Can a colleague attend the study tour with me?

Yes, however they will be responsible for all costs and the arrangement of their itinerary.

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Do I book my own flights and accomodation?

Your itinerary will be booked by REAIE.

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What does the living allowance include?

Your breakfast will be included as part of your accommodation. Lunch is included in your study tour and offered at the Loris Malaguzzi centre. An evening meal allowance of 25 Euros per day will be provided.

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Where will I stay while in Reggio?

You will be part of the Australian delegation and stay with the group at The Astoria Hotel.

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Do I need a visa to enter Italy?

Australian citizens do not require a visa to enter Italy, however you will require a passport with more than 6 months prior to expiry.

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What will I need to pay for throughout the study tour?

If you would like to purchase any educational resources either from the Loris Malaguzzi centre, schools of Reggio Emilia and Remida Centre, these will be at your own expense.

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Is travel insurance included with the scholarship?

Yes, travel insurance is included with the scholarship.

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What happens if I miss my flights or any other travel connection.

You would be traveling with the group from Australia and accompanied by two leaders from REAIE.

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Who do I contact if I need to change my travel details?

Once the scholarship is awarded you will be put in contact with the travel agent who will arrange your booking.

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How uch luggage am I able to take?

Your luggage allowance will be in accordance with the airline you will be traveling with.

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Can I extend my travels before or after the Reggio Study Tour?

Any travel outside the REAIE study tour dates would be the responsibility of the individual and all costs incurred as a rsult would be met by the recipient.

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