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Children’s Services Professional Learning Program

Are you an educator working with children aged 0-12 years old? Each year Maroondah City Council develops a Professional Learning Program to support educators to access high quality, relevant and affordable training opportunities locally.

The program includes an extensive range of topics, to be presented by respected and inspiring speakers. Council is committed to achieving positive outcomes for children, families and educators in the City of Maroondah.

Sessions are suitable for educators who work in a range of services (primarily early childhood and primary school). Check the details of each session for suitability.

Bookings will open:

  • 12 February for all sessions Semester 1
  • 27 June for all sessions in Semester 2

How to book

  • Bookings are essential as there are limited places available for each session.
  • All sessions are $38 per person (GST inclusive).
  • No refund is available should you be unable to attend.
  • Certificates will be issued for each session.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before the start of the session to allow time to park, sign in and collect your certificate.

Semester 2

Bookings for these sessions will open on Thursday 27 June 2019.

Leadership and follower-ship: making it work for everyone

What do you know and think about leadership? There seems to be a lot of information and research about this, but I will argue this is only one-side of the story. Great leadership exists in the presence of great followership and this synergy cannot be under stated. In this presentation we will be exploring how the relationship between leaders and followers can work for everyone, how we work through any challenges and how to make the team a highly functioning one that delivers not only great outcomes but well being for everyone.

About Anthony Semann

Anthony Semann is one of the Directors and founders at Semann & Slattery. For the past 15 years he has worked as a researcher, consultant and manager with a broad range of government, non-government and private organisations. His skills and expertise has seen him work with organisations across Australia and overseas including Columbia University (New York) as well as in France and New Zealand. Anthony has an exceptional capacity to challenge organisations and people to reflect on how their approaches to communication, leadership, diversity, values, relationships and workplace culture affect what they do, their services and ultimately the community.

Presented by: Anthony Semann
Suitable for: educators from early childhood and primary school aged services
Date: Thursday 18 July
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Karralyka

This session is now complete.

Respectful care is only fair

People, places and things make up the entire learning context for young children from birth to five years of age.

  • How do people show respect for children?
  • What kind of play spaces are respectful spaces for children?
  • What are the things available to children within the environment and how do they demonstrate respect for the child and the environment?

Toni and Robin will set the stage for learning and thinking respectfully when caring for children; by sharing simple examples of respectful interactions with children, images and theory behind the design of the physical environment, and how to select the best natural, open-ended and authentic toys and objects for optimal exploration and learning opportunities.

About Toni & Robin Christie

Toni & Robin Christie founded Childspace Early Learning Centres and subsequently the Childspace Early Childhood Institute in Wellington, New Zealand.

They began their careers in early childhood with a small centre in their own home and have both taught early childhood for various ages and contexts.

Currently their work involves teaching adults about the importance of the early years. Toni and Robin have written books and resources, they publish a quarterly magazine, hold annual conferences, design and build environments for children, inspire early childhood practitioners through their keynote and workshop presentations, and they love their jobs!

Toni and Robin believe that early childhood is the most significant stage of every person’s development. They are driven to provide practical, relevant, natural and aesthetic resources and environments for all who play and work with very young children. They have applied their talents throughout New Zealand and Australia as well as other parts of the world such as Canada, Cook Islands, Denmark, Germany, Fiji, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Scotland, India, Singapore and the United States.

Presented by: Toni & Robin Christie
Suitable for: educators from early childhood services
Date: Thursday 25 July
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Karralyka

This session is now complete.

Music, storytelling and dance

Music, storytelling and dance are a fundamental part of life and have the power to transport children to different places to become someone or something else. The dramatic arts through voice, poetry, stories, rhymes, chants, puppets, music and dance should be embedded in the curriculum every day. This can be intimidating for those with no background in this topic. Louise believes if you can move you can dance, if you can breathe you can sing.

This practical workshop will give you the skills you need to be able to use simple culturally diverse props and incorporate music, dance and storytelling in your pedagogy.

  • investigate beat and rhythm with children of all abilities
  • learn simple rhymes, raps and rhythms
  • discover simple props and resources
  • tell stories without books.

About Louise Dorrat

Louise Dorrat has extensive experience in managing early year’s services - from Inclusion Support to Family Day Care and assisted in the set up of the first Victorian Bush Kinder. She has taught the Bachelor of Education at a number of Universities. She is contracted by organisations such as Federal and State Governments, Children’s Ground, ELAA, Child Australia and Gowrie to deliver training across Australia.

Louise’s presentations are at once engaging and informative.

Presented by: Louise Dorrat
Suitable for: educators from early childhood services
Date: Thursday 8 August
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Karralyka

This session is now complete.

Bushtukka

Cassie makes her own range of bush spices and teaches others how to cook with them. You will learn to identify native indigenous plants and their traditional and medicinal uses.

Cassie’s knowledge is significant for teaching the ways of her people and the importance of bushtukka in aboriginal culture.

About Cassie Leatham

Cassie Leatham is from the Taungurung/Wurundjeri people from the Kulin Nation. She is an Indigenous artist, master weaver, traditional dancer, bushtukka woman and educator.

She is extremely passionate about teaching her skills to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students of all ages. Her aim is to give participants the opportunity to learn and understand Aboriginal culture and develop knowledge of both historical and contemporary Aboriginal history. 

Presented by: Cassie Leatham
Suitable for: educators from early childhood and primary school aged services
Date: Thursday 5 September
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Karralyka, Mines Rd, Ringwood East

This session is now complete.

Aboriginal perspectives in early childhood

There is an overwhelming desire to integrate aboriginal perspectives into the educational program, however at times this can create a challenge as people either don’t know where to start, how to start or are fearful of offending. Whilst these concerns are real, action must begin somewhere and in doing so an integration of reflective practice so to ensure that any tokenism is eliminated. This presentation comes not from a position of ’truth’ but rather a story of how I began this journey, what practical things i did and how these were evaluated as part of my practice.

About Anthony Semann

Anthony Semann is one of the Directors and founders at Semann & Slattery. For the past 15 years he has worked as a researcher, consultant and manager with a broad range of government, non-government and private organisations. His skills and expertise has seen him work with organisations across Australia and overseas including Columbia University (New York) as well as in France and New Zealand. Anthony has an exceptional capacity to challenge organisations and people to reflect on how their approaches to communication, leadership, diversity, values, relationships and workplace culture affect what they do, their services and ultimately the community.

Presented by: Anthony Semann
Suitable for: educators from early childhood services
Date: Tuesday 15 October
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Karralyka

 This session is now complete.

Speak Up - Identifying and responding to child abuse

Speak Up is an introductory training program which aims to help you identify and recognise signs and indicators of child abuse and build confidence about what to do if you have concerns about a child. The training includes an overview of the legislative context around child safety and mandatory reporting at an introductory level.

Speak Up is suitable for staff and volunteers that work with children and have had no prior knowledge about child abuse.

Information will include:

  • What is child abuse? How to recognise the physical and behavioural indicators of child abuse.
  • Understand the grooming process and how sex offenders can target children and young people.
  • Understand your responsibility in preventing and responding to abuse.
  • Build confidence in responding to and reporting child abuse.

About Child Wise

Child Wise is one of Australia's leading not-for-profit child abuse prevention organisations. Established in 1991, Child Wise work to build awareness, deliver education and provide the tools to empower individuals and communities around Australia so they can actively prevent child abuse and exploitation.

Presented by: Child Wise
Suitable for: educators from early childhood & primary school aged services
Date: Wednesday 20 November
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Maroondah City Council Offices

This session is now fully booked. 

Semester 1 2019

These sessions are now complete. View sessions we had on offer during Semester 1 below:

Supporting the needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in early childhood settings

In this workshop you will:

  • Discover how ASD can present itself through play (in both boys and girls).
  • Leave with practical tips regarding the inclusion of children with ASD in early childhood settings.
  • Gain insight into sensory needs, including delayed responses and understanding why needs can change from day to day.
  • Learn some key differences between the way girls and boys with Autism present in the early years.
  • Gain strategies to support the needs of students with ASD in your settings.
  • Have the unique opportunity to learn from and ask questions regarding, the personal experiences of the presenter.

About Ebony Birch-Hanger

Ebony Birch-Hanger is a qualified Neurodevelopmental Therapist, Special Education Teacher, Teacher of the Deaf, Education Consultant & Music Specialist with over 10 years of experience supporting individuals with a variety of additional needs and medical conditions. As Ebony is also on the Autism Spectrum herself, she will bring a genuine perspective of true lived experience to this presentation.

She has presented at many state and national conferences as well as several educational institutions and local councils. She has recently contributed to a Victorian Department of Education/Yellow Ladybugs resource titled ‘Spotlight on Girls with Autism’, currently available todownload free here

Her vast experience as an educator, therapist & consultant has enhanced her capacity to understand the needs and experiences of staff in all settings. Her highly interactive workshop will provide you with innovative ways of seeing the potential and individuality of your students.

Presented by:Ebony Birch-Hanger
Suitable for:educators from early childhood services
Date:Thursday 28 February
Time:7pm to 9pm
Venue:Karralyka

This session is now complete.

Smarter not harder, easing the workload in the planning cycle

This session will offer educators an opportunity to join with their colleagues to explore how we can work smarter not harder in meeting the requirements of the planning cycle.

We will grapple with expectations, showcase strategies that help us all become more confident in our knowledge of the planning process, and examine the true expectations of assessment.

Using our own practice examples, we will refine the way we use the planning cycle so that children’s learning is made more visible and the task no longer seems overwhelming.

This will be a practical opportunity to ask questions and gain new ideas about how to plan for children learning. Educators are asked to bring along practice examples of their planning and documentation to share with others as well as their copy of the VEYLDF.

About Catharine Hydon

Catharine Hydon has extensive experience in the early childhood sector in Australia and overseas. She has a Masters in Early Childhood Education specialising in early childhood practice, policy and governance, the delivery of integrated services and the exploration of innovative programs to engage vulnerable children and their families.

Presented by:Catharine Hydon
Suitable for:educators from early childhood services
Date:Wednesday 3 April
Time:7pm to 9pm
Venue:Karralyka

This session is now complete.

The accidental counsellor with a twist

Whether it’s in the job description or not, service leaders and educators often find themselves in situations where they are dealing with co-workers who are facing personal difficulties in their everyday lives. If these types of conversations are not carefully managed, their personal difficulties can easily become yours.

Do you find it challenging to be supportive, yet still maintain professional boundaries and preserve relationships? Join Anthony to discuss the broader issues that need to be considered when supporting staff experiencing difficulties:

  • Understand your scope of practice. What is it we are here to do? What is our role?
  • Understand the implications of some information; legal rights and responsibilities (including maintaining documentation).
  • Dealing with disclosures, confidentiality and beyond.
  • Active listening and communicating with influence.
  • Working within a solution focused framework.
  • Utilising key components of positive psychology frameworks to maintain your own and other’s wellbeing.

About Anthony Semann

Anthony Semann is one of the Directors and founders at Semann & Slattery. For the past 15 years he has worked as a researcher, consultant and manager with a broad range of government, non-government and private organisations. His skills and expertise has seen him work with organisations across Australia and overseas including Columbia University (New York) as well as in France and New Zealand. Anthony has an exceptional capacity to challenge organisations and people to reflect on how their approaches to communication, leadership, diversity, values, relationships and workplace culture affect what they do, their services and ultimately the community.

Presented by:Anthony Semann
Suitable for:educators from early childhood and primary school aged services
Date:Wednesday 1 May
Time:7pm to 9pm
Venue:Karralyka

This session is now complete.

Reflective practice is NOT ‘Today was a lovely day’ - it is so much more (2 part seminar)

Reflective practice is looking back on practices and asking ourselves; Why do we do what we do? Are our pedagogical practices consistent with the Guiding Principles of the National Law? What is working and what can we improve? Is the child the focus in this process?

Critical reflection involves examining all aspects of events and experiences from different perspectives, asking ourselves whose interests they serve?

This practical session will encourage participants to reflect on these questions:

  • Looking through a social justice lens, does your pedagogy benefit each child, particularly vulnerable children?
  • Is your pedagogical practice fair and equitable to all children and families?
  • Do you understand the difference between reflective practice and critical reflection?
  • Are you considering each child’s ‘belonging, being and becoming’ in your environments and practices?

About Louise Dorrat

Louise Dorrat has extensive experience in managing early year’s services, from Inclusion Support to Family Day Care and assisted in the set up of the first Victorian Bush Kinder. She has taught the Bachelor of Education at a number of Universities. She is contracted by organisations such as Federal and State Governments, Children’s Ground, ELAA, Child Australia and Gowrie to deliver training across Australia.

Louise’s presentations are at once engaging and informative.

Please note this is a two part seminar and sessions cannot be booked separately.

Presented by:Louise Dorrat
Suitable for:educators from early childhood services
Date:Thursday 23 May and 13 June
Time:7pm to 9pm
Venue:Karralyka

This session is fully booked.

STEM detectives - an introduction to Early Years STEM

Have you ever wondered how to engage young children in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths?

STEM Detectives will help you to identify STEM and supports you in further scaffolding the children’s interest through play and inquiry based learning.

Come along to this interactive workshop to learn:

  • a clear understanding of what STEM is
  • the importance of STEM in the early years
  • the ability to identify STEM Thinking and concepts in children’s play
  • confidence in using the language of STEM
  • appropriate resources and opportunities to develop STEM thinking and doing
  • be aware of meaningful documentation that meets the NQF and shares learning and development with families

About Bronwyn Cron

Bronwyn Cron is an experienced facilitator having spent 20 years working with local government, communities, schools, early childhood services and businesses to think differently; build skills and knowledge; and act towards a positive and sustainable future. She is passionate about making STEM accessible and fun for everyone, and fostering a love of STEM in children so that they are inspired by the possibilities of the future. Bron has recently co-authored a book with Niki Buchan ’STEM Detectives: Identifying and supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics in children’s play’.

Presented by:Bronwyn Cron
Suitable for:educators from early childhood services
Date:Tuesday 25 June
Time:6.45pm to 9.15pm - please note this session is slightly longer than all other sessions.
Venue:Karralyka

This session is fully booked.


 

 

More information

For information contact Cathie Wills on 9294 5740 or email childrens.services.events@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Read more about previous sessions we had on offer in 2018

Mailing list for educators

If you would like to receive information on upcoming sessions for educators in and around Maroondah, you can join our Educator mailing list. Please send an email to childrens.services.events@maroondah.vic.gov.au

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