For students academics and educators
Opportunities for learning and research
Mia Mia provides unique opportunities for learning, research, participation and observation by students and academic staff of Macquarie University and other tertiary institutions.
Mia Mia Child and Family Study Centre is an integral part of the Institute of Early Childhood and is used for child/family studies, curriculum planning, teaching studies, and developing students' teaching ability.
The value of observation
Mia Mia has three observation booths. These booths are used by academic staff, tertiary and secondary students, and families to observe the children and staff and the indoor and outdoor environment.
Tertiary students who observe children at the centre gain valuable insights into the practical application of their course work to the teaching situation. Opportunities to teach in situ guided by Mia Mia's specialist staff are also invaluable.
Mia Mia's other visitors include:
- National and international early childhood professionals.
- Government representatives and consultants.
- Students and staff of other tertiary institutions.
- Professionals in the fields of creative and expressive arts, architecture and landscaping, curriculum planning and development, early intervention and special education, family support services, psychology, infant mental health, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy.
Five videos made at the centre are used as teaching resources in many early childhood institutions nationally and internationally.
Mia Mia families are made aware during enrolment that their children may be involved in university-approved research projects from time to time. Families are also given the opportunity to grant or decline permission for their child to be involved in project research.