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Project Partners

LEAPS is funded by the Queensland Government and is delivered in Queensland via a partnership between QUT, NAQ & ACHPER QLD.

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LEAPS Report Conference

Postponed to 20 June


Please note that the LEAPS Report Conference has been postponed until 20 June. The Conference will run from 1.00pm to 5.00pm, as per below.

  • 1.00 – 3pm – Findings from LEAPS
  • 3 – 3.30pm afternoon tea
  • 3.30 – 5pm Research Value adds and PD

Venue: Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), QUT, Cnr Musk Ave & Blamey St, Kelvin Grove

Attendance at the conference is free. Please register online here

Click here for more information or phone Phoebe Cleland on 3138 0118.


LEAPS Seminar Series – Seminar 2: ‘Active Play'

Presented by QUT

Featuring International guest speaker Susanna Iivonen from Finland and other special guests, this seminar will have you and the children you work with jumping, catching and running into the new year with a focus on:

  • What are fundamental Motor Skills and why are they important to children’s overall development
  • What an educator can look for when observing motor skills…….and what this means
  • Planned learning experience, learning through play and intentional teaching to support children’s physical development
  • What can I do………….games, ideas and resources to explore

Learning outcomes: PS2: Know the content and how to teach it

Physical Education – Movement, Motor Skills and Intentional Teaching

Susanna Iivonen

Susanna Iivonen works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of sport sciences, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Her research interests are fundamental motor skills, motor development, physical activity and physical education in early childhood education. Beside research, she teaches physical education teacher students. She has been/is involved with national projects supporting physical education in early childhood education.

Sue Irvine

Dr Susan Irvine is an early childhood professional with over 25 years experience working in early childhood education and care (ECEC), and more recently child and family support. Susan started her career as a kindergarten teacher, and has worked in ECEC, in direct service delivery, child and family policy and higher education, in Australia and overseas. She now works at QUT as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Early Childhood. Susan continues to play an active role in current National Quality Reforms, and has participated in reference groups for the National Quality Standards, and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline.

Nature Play in the Early Years

Anya Perkins

Anya Perkins is the Community Engagement and Resource Coordinator for Nature Play Queensland. 

Anya spent five years as an Early Years and Primary teacher, while also training as a Level 3 Forest School Leader in the UK. Anya has created on-site Forest School areas, coordinated a whole school/ community development towards increasing outdoor nature play learning opportunities and has supported and trained colleagues and parents in the importance of regular nature play opportunities. She has also managed and delivered Forest School programs in and out of term times both in a childcare setting and in local woodlands.

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