Book Study Group - Auckland, New Zealand 2017

The Learning Caravan organizes study groups for early childhood educators. These study groups are professional learning circles for early childhood educators who are motivated to gain deeper understanding of the emergent curriculum, engage in valuable discussions with global early childhood colleagues and generate fresh ideas that will transform their teaching practice.

Registration for the study groups is accepted up to 6 months prior to the commencement date.  

Participants will meet as a community of learners to read, discuss, and learn from books that challenge them to develop new strategies and ideas for improving their practices.  The study programme will also include interactive activities, visits to progressive early childhood centres and sharing by early childhood professionals. 

We will be reading and discussing "Emergent Curriculum in Early Childhood Settings: From Theory to Practice."  Participants need to have a copy of the book and would be required to read the book prior to the study group start date.  Active participation in the discussions is expected. Use your own copy or get a new copy here.

Programme Overview
  • book discussion
  • visits to progressive early years centres
  • professional sharing by early childhood community
  • rich dialogue with early childhood colleagues
  • interactive activities

Group Leader
The Learning Caravan Pte Ltd will assign a study group leader to take charge of the learning activities and school visits. The study group leader will meet with you and fellow participants at a city area venue for group travel arrangements to the schools.

"What I liked about The Learning Caravan? I met with other teachers who worked in Reggio-inspired ways, learnt from what they had accomplished and had the opportunity to reflect with them about the work with children.   We were all inspired and got lots of ideas to new projects to do with the kids.  For instance, last week we built an outdoor kitchen in the kindergarten.  I had also seen that some of the staff reflecting more about how they can work more Reggio principles into their daily work. We learnt how important it is that adults working with the children think about the children's interests.  So I think that our trip to Stockholm and meeting all of you paid off well." - Karen Elise Fjelde

"Alyna, through The Learning Caravan, has made continual efforts to create new workshops and opportunities for early childhood practitioners to improve ourselves and expand our horizons." - Emily Yeo

"The Learning Caravan is a wonderful platform for Early Childhood educators to rediscover themselves and do better for the children they work with!" - Cheryl Ng-Ang

"The Learning Caravan promotes/ inspires passion in intentional teaching!" - Eve Lee Morreale

Travelling and Accommodation
Participants will make their own travel arrangements from their own home country to the host country, accommodation choice and leisure activities during their stay in the host country.  The participants are responsible for their own travel to the host country and during their leisure time, leisure activities, meals, as well as their accommodation. Please make your accommodation arrangements within the CBD/city.

Further information relating to the study group you registered for would be progressively provided to registered participants by a month before the commencement of the study group.  A Dropbox folder would be created for disseminating of information to all registered participants.  An email containing the link to the Dropbox folder would be sent to you three months before the commencement of your study group.

*Please wait for our confirmation of study group before making air-travel or accommodation arrangements.

Local Travel Arrangements
The Learning Caravan will arrange for the group to travel together to the host centres. The group leader will meet with the participants at a location in the city area for group travel arrangements.  

Mode of transport for the previous study groups had been via public transport such as tram, train or bus. The choice of the type of local transport is dependent on the travel routes to the schools. Some walking may be required so it is advised that educators have appropriate/comfortable footwear for walking.  Alternatively, participants may choose to meet us at the host centres.

Participants need to purchase a local travel card for group travel to the schools.

Participants wishing to hire private transport are free to do so and would need to bear the cost of such hire.

The Learning Caravan Pte Ltd reserves the right to make changes or to cancel the programme due to revised travel schedules, general logistical changes or rescheduled meetings or changes in presenters' schedules.

Indemnity and Insurance
The Learning Caravan Pte Ltd will not be legally liable for any losses, damages, injuries or deaths suffered by anyone resulting from this learning journey. All participants are advised to have comprehensive travel insurance that should cover medical expenses, repatriation, personal accident and liability, theft and cancellations for the entire travel period. It is participants’ responsibility to ensure that travel insurance companies are provided with information on any pre-existing medical conditions.

• International airfare & domestic airport taxes • Airport transfers • Local transport • Optional activities and entrance fees associated with these • Meals • Accommodation • Photography and camera expenses • Travel visas • Communication & tips • Personal travel insurance


Payments, Refunds & Cancellations
Each study group will proceed based on participant registration. Full payment is required upon registration.

No refunds will be given for cancellation of booking by participants unless this space is filled by another person. 

Your payment will be refunded in the event of cancellation of this event by The Learning Caravan Pte Ltd.  

Important Note
Participants need to arrange for their own air-travel to and from the destination country.  Please wait for notification of confirmation of study group before making air-travel arrangements.

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