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ECE Forum (TUT) - An Introduction to the Walker Learning Approach: A Play-based Pedagogy

8 places available

A light lunch will be served from noon.  Session begins at 12.45pm.

Start:  Monday 18 March 2019 - 12.00pm

Finish: Monday 18 March 2019 - 3.30pm

Location:  SSTUWA building, 1 West Street, West Perth WA 6005  (off Thomas Street).


About the course

The State School Teachers' Union WA (SSTUWA) continues to provide Early Childhood Educators with opportunities to develop effective industrial and professional practice, understandings and knowledge. This forum will address the importance of an intentional play-based approach in ECE and explore what it can look like in an early learning space.

About Jan Snowden

The SSTUWA welcomes Jan Snowden to this event. Jan joined Early Life Foundations and the Walker Learning Team in 2012 after 37 years of early childhood teaching. Prior to joining Early Life as a consultant, Jan was the Team Leader at Altona Green Primary School, Victoria - one of the first primary schools to implement the Walker Learning Approach. Jan believes that children's lives are enriched by exploring, investigating, experiencing and relating to the world around them and as significat adults in children's lives, a teacher's role is to mentor, support and value each unique iundividual.

Forum Outline

Early Childhood Educators are invited to join Jan to:

  • Briefly review the evidence and research of why play is important for children's learning and development.
  • Explore the core elements of the Walker Learning pedagogy through:
    • Images of engaging indoor and outdoor learning environments; and
    • Video footage of investigative learning in action.

Reflect on a Way Forward. Hear from Judith James, Deputy, Applecross Primary School and SSTUWA ECE Committee Member. Judith will share her reflections and experiences using The Walker Approach.


$ 50 : Members
$ 100 : Non-Members

Includes morning tea and lunch


Jan Snowden
Early Life Foundations Consultant
Walker Learning

Nominated Audience

ECE Educators K-2

Trade union training leave

Members in schools and TAFE colleges are eligible for five days of paid leave per year to attend trade union training (TUT).

To comply with TUT leave requirements applicants must:

  • Submit applications to DoE/principal four weeks prior to the event.
  • Provide DoE/principal with a printed copy of the course program attached to this form.
  • Be nominated by the SSTUWA. See “nominated audience” on the attached course program.

The school will not be charged for the salary of the person attending trade union training - this is covered by the DoE.  However, if a relief teacher is required, this is funded through the school's one line budget.

For school administration

When processing TUT leave applications:

  • Ensure staff attending training have selected TUT Leave in HRMIS.
  • Project code 1471 will be generated within the payment system.

Professional Standards for Teachers in Western Australia

This training relates to the following standards :

Standard 2 – Know the content and how to teach it
Standard 3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Standard 6 – Engage in professional learning
Standard 7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community