Ginnie & Pinney 'Learn & Grow'

The Ginnie & Pinney resources are designed to help young children develop emotional intelligence, empathy, and ethical thinking.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators, parents/carers, children
  • Delivery mode: Resources (books, kits, manuals)
  • Strength of evidence: Level 5 – Foundational research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity – prosocial and helping behaviour
    • Social competence – responsibility and respect
  • Item cost: Low (<$200 per person/item)

Program description

The Ginnie & Pinney resources aim to stimulate ethical thinking, empathy and emotional intelligence in young children and promote engagement between children, educators and families.

The content of each book allows teachers and families to draw out children’s strengths, make them aware of their differences and encourage them to reach their goals. Each story emphasises respectful relationships and strongly encourages responsive engagement. Use of these materials enables children to improve their listening, thinking and communication, giving teachers the opportunity to develop these skills in each child. The stories encourage deep thinking, imagination, communication, problem solving and creativity, with children listening to, thinking about, discussing with, and respecting each other. Open-ended questions at the back of each book encourage discussions between adults and children.

The Learning Emotions flash cards is a boxed set of 52 cards. They have been developed in consultation with Early Learning Specialist, Paulette Maskell, and are designed to help children, through various activities, build vocabulary, recognise feelings and develop emotional and social wellbeing. They include 26 A-Z of emotions cards, 8 social wellbeing theme cards, 7 character trait cards, 5 facial expression cards and 6 instruction cards.

The Learning Emotions poster is an instructive A1 poster that can help prompt children in describing their emotions. This poster can be used in conjunction with the Ginnie & Pinney ‘Learn & Grow’ book set and videos and the ‘Learning Emotions Flash Cards’.

Resources include:

  • an 8-book boxed set of 32-page full-colour paperbacks
  • 8 x 4-minute animated videos
  • a 65-page teacher resource
  • set of 9 Fair Trade finger puppets
  • 52 Learning Emotions flash card boxed set
  • A1 Leaning Emotions poster.

Detailed cost

  • 8-book set, including a PDF of the teacher resource and eight animated digital videos: $216.70 (including GST)
  • Optional Fair Trade finger puppets: $79.19 (including GST)
  • Optional print copy of the teacher resource: $87.99 (including GST)
  • Learning Emotions Flashcards Set: $43.99 (including GST)
  • Learning Emotions A1 sized poster: $27.49 (including GST)
  • Postage per pack across Victoria: $13.20 - $38.50 (including GST)

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: the series is designed for young children aged three and older, their educators and families.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: books and card set are available for purchase online (see Contacts) and comprise the practice materials.
  • Program adaptability: Ginnie & Pinney materials are appropriate for use in an Australian and Victorian context. Resources could also be adapted for Indigenous children in remote communities.
  • Training requirements: no formal training is required. This resource should be implemented in line with the VEYLDF.
  • Supervision/coaching: the provider can arrange discussion groups and teacher training to support implementation of the resources if required.
  • Tools and systems: reliable internet and ability to use a QR code needed to access the animated videos. A tablet, computer or digital white board needed to view them.
  • Current best implementation knowledge: educators are required to understand the outcomes of the VELYDF and be able to recognise and apply these themes in each of the books.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnerships with families
  • High expectations for every child
  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
  • Assessment for learning and development
  • Integrated teaching and learning approaches

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.