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Children’s Services Professional Learning Program

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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, presented by respected and inspiring speakers. Council is committed to achieving positive outcomes for children, families and educators in Maroondah.

Sessions are suitable for educators who work in a range of services (primarily early childhood and out of school hours). Please check the session details for suitability.

Bookings will open Wednesday 27 January for Term 1 sessions.

How to book

  • Bookings are essential as there are limited places available for each session.
  • All sessions are $40 per person (2-part courses are $80 per person). All prices are GST inclusive.
  • Please note tickets are refundable if the ticket holder is unwell. You may give your ticket to another person so they can attend in your absence. Please email childrens.services.events@maroondah.vic.gov.au if you require a refund. 
  • Certificates of attendance will be issued for each session.
  • Arrive 10 minutes before the start of the session to allow time to park and sign in.

Term 1 sessions 

Bookings open Wednesday 27 January 2021. 

Connecting children with nature every day

In this session we will explore the benefits of nature play and how to create opportunities for connecting children with nature within early years learning environments and out in our local communities.

A built environment can never replicate a bush or nature space, however, there are ways we can ensure that all early years spaces have elements of nature that children have access to every day. Practical ideas for connecting children with nature and for supporting children’s learning in and about nature will be shared. The session will include inspiration for educators working in natural environments and for those in spaces that are mostly artificial.

Presented by: Karen Glancy
Suitable for: educators from early childhood services
Date: Thursday 11 February (rescheduled from 2020)
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Maroondah Federation Estate (NEW venue for 2021)

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About the presenter - Karen Glancy

Presenter Karen Glancy

Karen Glancy is an early childhood trainer, consultant and mentor. Karen has extensive experience working in all sectors of early childhood and as well as being co-founder of Early Childhood Pickers. Karen co-owns a gardening and landscaping business and has a range of qualifications including a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies and a Horticulture Certificate. 

The National Quality Framework: The Musical!

In an all singing all dancing extravaganza, dynamic dramaturgical early childhood thespians, Dr Red Ruby Scarlet and Louise Dorrat, present a spectacular salubrious engagement with the National Quality Framework. 

Grounded in poststructuralist theory, this piece of professional development is based on the questions:

  • What counts as valid knowledge?
  • Who decides?
  • And 'in whose interest are they enacted?'

These questions asked by Patti Lather (1991) similarly appear on page 13 in Principle 5 of the EYLF, of which Dr Scarlet was an architect. Using everyday life examples - such as the infamous ‘Working Toward toast’, the constant debate about the ‘inappropriate footwear’ and the ’bum bag’, this performance goes off script to engage with the National Quality Framework in ways that are creative, fun and rigorous.

Get ready for an intellectual, ironic, engaging, toe tapping, hand clapping, finger snapping interactive performance festooned with favourite tunes including the smash hits ‘QIP’ (composed in collaboration with ABBA), ’The Assessor’ (composed in collaboration with The Family von Trapp) and ‘E.Y.L.F.’ (composed with The Village People).

You’ll be dancing away convinced that dramatic arts are valid knowledge and they are a useful way to engage with, build understandings, and make sense of, The National Quality Framework.

Written and performed by Dr Red Ruby Scarlet & Louise Dorrat
Suitable for: educators from early childhood and out of school hours services
Date: Wednesday 10 March (rescheduled from 25 March 2020)
Time: Doors will open at 6.30pm and the show will start at 7pm. Please note that due to the current pandemic, refreshments will not be available and the showtime will be reduced to one hour.
Venue: Karralyka theatre George Wood Performing Arts Centre at Yarra Valley Grammar, 84-90 Kalinda Road, Ringwood.. Enter via Gate A & parking is available on the right-hand side. Original tickets are still valid upon entry and staff will assist with seating.

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About the presenters - Dr Red Ruby Scarlet & Louise Dorrat

Presenter Ruby Scarlet Dr Red Ruby Scarlett

Dr Red Ruby Scarlet is an activist, early childhood teacher-researcher, consultant, artist and academic. 

Red has been working in early childhood for over 25 years and is devoted to creative, imaginative, inclusive practices that promote dignity and integrity in early childhood.

Red has developed curriculum and learning frameworks nationally and internationally.  She has won numerous awards for her teaching and advocacy.

Presenter Louise Dorrat 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. 

Providing an anti-bias curriculum: focussing on gender

Educators must not underestimate how powerful they are in shaping children’s identity. Everything they say and do can reinforce or challenge stereotypes and bias. Educators need to “consider the social justice and equity implications of their approaches” (Exceeding Theme 2 NQS, 2018) and avoid practices that directly or indirectly contribute to gender inequality, prejudice and discrimination (VEYLDF, 2016).

Providing an anti-bias curriculum is not about being “politically correct” and it is more than providing an inclusive environment. It is about being aware of your own unconscious biases and to challenge and address exclusion and injustice.

The session will:

  • explore the exceeding themes (NQS, 2018) of social justice and equity
  • give practical examples of challenging gender bias in the curriculum
  • identify books, resources and materials that promote gender equity.

Presented by: Louise Dorrat
Suitable for: educators from early childhood and out of school hours services
Date: Tuesday 23 March (rescheduled from 2 June 2020)
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Karralyka

*This event was rescheduled from 2020 and has limited tickets available.

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About the presenter - Louise Dorrat

Presenter 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. 

Where

Sessions will be held at the venues below, or online. 

Maroondah Federation Estate

32 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood 3134.

Karralyka

Mines Road, Ringwood East 3135.

 

George Wood Performing Arts Centre at Yarra Valley Grammar

84-90 Kalinda Road, Ringwood 3134.

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 2020

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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