We’re really proud of the number of languages we speak at Gowrie Broadmeadows Valley. We love learning new words from each other, we enjoy sharing our different cultures and we enjoy learning about new cultures too. Our most recent language is Spanish!

Learning a new language is fun when we’re singing songs, playing board games, cooking and eating different food. Although the program is mainly for kinder children and their families, our Spanish songs and foods reach all parts of the service. And families are often surprised when children use Spanish words or phrases, or sing Spanish songs at home too.

Sofia Pardo is our Spanish Language Teacher and explains that learning additional languages has many benefits for cognitive and social development. It supports problem-solving, memory and listening skills as well as empathy, understanding and appreciation of our own and other cultures. Sofia delivers the program on Wednesdays in a play-based format that incorporates both child-led and teacher-led learning experiences, from cooking, role play, singing and building things.

As well as experiencing Spanish speaking culture, the program offers children the opportunity to make connections with their own family culture. It has created a welcoming space for all, children and educators, to share elements of their home language and culture.

The Spanish Language Program is funded by the Department of Education and Training. The Department is now accepting expressions of interest from early childhood services that would like to deliver the Early Childhood Language Program in 2022.

For more information about how to apply and what is required to deliver the Early Childhood Language Program, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/ECLPEOI2022 or contact the Early Childhood Language Team at ec.languages@education.vic.gov.au. Expressions of interest are due Friday 22 October.