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Tomoko Yamashita

Tomoko joined the Pre Kindy team at BPCS in 2001 as she had a great interest in early childhood education.  As she worked, she completed her Certificate 3 in Children’s Services (0-12yrs). Tomoko left in 2009 to prepare for the birth of her daughter Sakura and returned in 2013.  Now as the mother of a child who speaks Japanese at home and English at school, Tomoko became very interested in how to support children in early childhood, who speak more than one language. Apart from her work in Pre Kindy, Tomoko works across the whole of the Early Childhood department, not only supporting the Japanese speaking students but also working with their families to support their understanding of the BPCS philosophy.

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“Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.

Creativity becomes more visible when adults try to be more attentive to the cognitive processes of children than to the results they achieve in various fields of doing and understanding.”

Loris Malaguzzi

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