News: update on Peep in Australia – empowering families in every state and territory
In the autumn, our CEO Dr Sally Smith and our National Training and Accreditation Manager Liz Ersoy visited our Peep partners in Melbourne. Playgroup Victoria hold the exclusive licence for training practitioners to deliver the Peep Learning Together and Peep Antenatal Programmes in Australia.
Claire Georgiou is Playgroup Victoria’s Peep National Manager and has been at the heart of Peep training and support in Australia for the last few years. By continuing to offer training online, establishing communities of practice and fostering valuable partnerships, the Peep programme is now being used in every state and territory across Australia!
This year Claire will be pulling on her travelling boots, thanks to securing government funding to train and support Peep trainers across five states: Victoria, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales. You can find out more about Peep Training in Australia or contact Claire here: www.playgroup.org.au/for-professionals/peep/.
Peep was a focus of the Playgroup Victoria Conference, where 300+ professionals from a wide range of early years settings created a really lively atmosphere.
Sally gave a keynote speech about Peep, Claire led a workshop focusing on Peep and the home learning environment, and Liz participated in a panel discussion focusing on children’s agency in the early years.
The trip also gave Sally, Liz and Claire the opportunity to visit some brilliant Peep groups and have valuable discussions with families, professionals and researchers. These included the Parenting Research Centre, the Australian Catholic University, Thrive by Five, Monash University, the Tomorrow Today Foundation, Milla Milla Aboriginal Playgroup, and many other early years, family support and health organisations.
Images: Top right: Peeple CEO Sally Smith and Playgroup Victoria CEO Danny Schwarz Above right (l-r): Panel host ABC broadcaster and writer Jacinta Parsons, Dorothy Scott AM, Playgroup Victoria Patron, Liz Ersoy, Training and Accreditation Manager, Peeple UK, Dominic Alford, Programs Leader, Relationships Australia VIC Left: Liz, Sally and Claire Georgiou Below: Playgroup Victoria staff and board, Sally and Liz