Room 3: Volume 7
Once a fortnight the Teacher team ventures down to Room 3 – the basement archives at the Australian Council for Educational Research – to bring you education quotes from some of our favourite historical titles.
Bostock, J., Hill, E. (1946). The Pre-school child and society. Shipping Newspapers (Queensland) Ltd. Brisbane.
‘Observations made upon the emotional behaviour, the mental development and social adjustment of the children are used to guide both staff and parents in the handling of everyday behaviour problems.’ (1946)
‘Each of the three [kindergarten] playrooms is designed for a particular age group. They are colourful, cheerful and attractive, and the children are constantly under the inconspicuous supervision of nursery-kindergarten teachers.’ (1946)
‘There should be one playroom for each age group. Colour schemes should be selected with due regard to the need for adequate lighting and a restful atmosphere. In general pastel shades are favoured.’ (1946)
‘In essence the pre-school centre must be the nucleus about which a much wider development of the community centre idea will evolve.’ (1946)
‘There can be no rigid formula for a pre-school child centre, and it would be extremely unwise to attempt to make all kindergartens conform to any one pattern.’ (1946)
‘There should be sufficient space indoors and outdoors, to allow children to carry on the activities suitable to their stages of development in all types of weather, without being in each other’s way or being constantly forced into groups.’ (1946)
‘Children’s equipment should be safe, easily accessible and designed to meet the needs at each stage of development … equipment should include materials which allow for muscle development and creative activities.’ (1946)
‘The children themselves are the avenues through which the most essential knowledge must come.’ (1946)
‘Music, particularly singing, playing and listening in groups is undoubtedly conducive to good citizenship and should be cultivated in the early years. All Australian kindergartens recognise the value of music for the pre-school child.’ (1946)