In this episode, Tracy Burton interviews David Gilkes, an early childhood teacher from Illawarra Primary School in Hobart. David has been a passionate and highly regarded early childhood educator for 23 years having completed his Bachelor of Education at Flinders University in 1993 and in 2013, a Master of Early Childhood Education through Griffith University. He has worked mainly with four and five year old children and their families, in both government and independent settings in the ACT and Tasmania and has been awarded a National Excellence in Teaching award for Innovation in Early Childhood education. David has been inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational project for many years and has been fortunate enough to have participated in Study Tours to this Italian city on three occasions. He is currently convener of the Tasmanian Reggio Emilia Network and has presented, consulted and written widely and frequently on issues of education. If you are interested in the Reggio Emilia educational project, go to

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