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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.

How to book

  • Bookings are essential as there are limited places available for each session.
  • All sessions are $43 per person and are GST inclusive.
  • 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.
  • If ticket holder is unable to attend, they may give their ticket to another person.
  • Refunds are only available if the ticket holder is unwell.

Upcoming sessions

Past sessions

 

The QIP, A&R and the exceeding themes. How to stop going weak at the knees

This session will outline the Assessment and Rating (A&R) process, increase your skills in making the Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) simple and authentic to your service and how to embed the exceeding themes in your everyday practice as well as helping you to:

  • Understand what the Authorised Officer will observe, sight and discuss.
  • Gain confidence in articulating what you do and why. Sell your pedagogy.
  • Learn more about what is required for the QIP and the exceeding themes.

Event details

  • Suitable for educators from early childhood and out of school hours services.
  • Wednesday 18 May, 2022
  • 7pm to 9pm
  • Presented by Louise Dorrat
  • $43 per person (GST inclusive)
  • Karralyka, Mines Rd, Ringwood East*

This session is now complete. 

Body safety education and training for Early Childhood educators

In this necessary training, learn how to create safer environments for children.  ChildSafe have partnered with Jayneen Sanders and Educate 2 Empower Publishing, to deliver some excellent resources and training in the area of body safety and consent.  ChildSafe are committed to training educators how to teach and empower children to understand the '5 body safety rules' to protect children from harm and abuse. 

This 2 hour workshop will cover:

  • child sexual abuse: characteristics and statistics
  • grooming
  • what is body safety and why we teach it
  • body safety skills, lesson plans and resources
  • disclosure.

Presented by: Neil Milton - ChildSafe
Suitable for: educators from early childhood services
Cost: $40 per person
Venue: Karralyka, Mines Rd, Ringwood East

Date:  Tuesday 22 February 2022 (rescheduled from 17 August 2021)
Time: 7pm to 9pm

OR

Date: Thursday 24 February 2022 (rescheduled from 19 August 2021)
Time: 7pm to 9pm

This session is now complete. 

2021 sessions

 

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)

This session is now complete.

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.

This is now complete.

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.

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. 

 

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.

This is now complete.

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. 

Supporting young children with challenging behaviour - online session

What is this label ‘challenging behaviour’? It seems to be insinuating itself into the minds and conversations of many early childhood educators in more recent times.  Has behaviour in children become more negative in the past decade?  Is it the effects of our changing society?  Is it due to inadequate teacher training?  Diets?  Increased family stress?  Stresses caused by staff to child ratios?

Anthony doesn’t have the answer, but what he knows is that what many educators are labelling as ‘challenging behaviour’ can easily be supported through teaching strategies, environments and team communications.  In this session, Anthony will unpack a few teaching strategies and techniques which can support you and the children through some of the more common ‘challenging’ times in your daily routine. 

This session does not necessarily focus on supporting children with diagnosed needs (who hopefully already have a support plan), but rather the undiagnosed children who can still challenge and stretch our abilities daily.  Even though these children may not have a diagnosed area of need, there is still plenty we can do every day to support, build and guide these children to a more inclusive, consistent and relaxed learning style.

Presented by: Anthony Semann
Suitable for: educators from early childhood services
Date: Monday 19 July
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Online - This session will now be held online, due the current COVID restrictions in Sydney which affect the Presenter.  All current ticket holders will be contacted via email and will have the option to request a refund if the online format does not suit them. The webinar will be recorded and available to ticket holders for a short time only. A link to join the webinar will sent out prior to the event.

This is now complete.

About the presenter -Anthony Semann

Presenter Anthony Semann

Anthony Semann is one of the Directors and founders at Semann & Slattery.  He is primarily a presenter and researcher.  His ability to deliver inspirational conference key notes and facilitate innovate and transformative professional development programs is renowned.

Anthony’s back ground is in education, research and management - in government, corporate and community based organisations.  His skills and expertise have seen him work with organisations across Australia, Asia, Europe, America, France and New Zealand.

Anthony challenges 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.

 

Strengthening teams – creating a purposeful culture

Collaborative teams who work together to create a strong learning culture in children’s service settings, deliver powerful outcomes for everyone.

It is an ongoing process that links relationships with learning and drives a strong sense of purposeful action that enables everyone to contribute.

As we strive for quality, it is worth considering how we achieve the processes and practices that result in teams who listen to each other, increase their shared understandings and become increasingly capable.

This interactive session will explore how effective teams build quality and change practice for the better.  

Presented by: Catharine Hydon
Suitable for: Educators from early childhood and out of school hours services
Date: Thursday 2 September 2021
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Online - This session will now be held online, due the current COVID restrictions 

This is now complete.

About the Presenter - Catharine Hydon

Presenter Catharine Hydon

Catharine Hydon is the Director and Principal Consultant at Hydon Consulting. With a Masters in early childhood education, she draws on her experience and ongoing practice research to consider how theory connects and informs practice.

Catharine's involvement in the early childhood sector is an important part of her commitment to the outcomes for children. She is a long-time member of Early Childhood Australia (ECA) currently serving as the Co-chair of the Reconciliation Advisory Group and is a regular contributor in ECA publications. Catharine has been a member of the ECA Code of Ethics working group for the last two reviews and is a co-author on the recently published Ethics in Action Implementation guide. Catharine is a Board Member of the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority and the Early Years-10 Curriculum and Assessment Committee for the VCAA and has recently been appointed as a second tier reviewer for ACECQA.

Catharine is a dynamic speaker and collaborative facilitator and is skilled at engaging professionals in reflective dialogue and creative conversations.

Theorists in early childhood education

As an educator, the National Quality Framework (NQF) expects you to articulate the thinking behind your professional practice.  Part of this thinking can include consideration of theoretical perspectives and an awareness of how these inform your decision making.  For many, ‘theory’ can seem confusing, complex and intimidating.

This session will look at some of the key theoretical approaches and big ideas that have historically underpinned early childhood educational approaches and pedagogies, discuss them in accessible ways and consider what they might mean in practice.  We will use specific and concrete moments of practice to ‘play’ with these ideas and think about how they can shape, challenge and transform possibilities to see how theory can be practical, powerful and fun!

Presented by: Anthony Semann
Suitable for: Educators from early childhood services
Date: Monday 11 October
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Online

This session is now complete

About the presenter -Anthony Semann

Presenter Anthony Semann

Anthony Semann is one of the Directors and founders at Semann & Slattery.  He is primarily a presenter and researcher.  His ability to deliver inspirational conference key notes and facilitate innovate and transformative professional development programs is renowned.

Anthony’s back ground is in education, research and management - in government, corporate and community based organisations.  His skills and expertise have seen him work with organisations across Australia, Asia, Europe, America, France and New Zealand.

Anthony challenges 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.

Embedding Aboriginal perspectives in early childhood curriculums (2-part course)

“We know we should, but we don’t know how!” is a common statement made by many well-meaning educators in reference to Aboriginal programs. It is still a popular belief that Aboriginal culture should only be acknowledged and celebrated on particular calendar events and not included in the everyday curriculum.

This course will highlight the importance of including Aboriginal perspectives into services programs and why it needs to be done every day.

These are practical hands-on sessions that provide educators with multiple examples of experiences.It will guide educators through Aboriginal programming step by step for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

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

Presented by:Jessica Staines (The Koori Curriculum)
Suitable for:educators from early childhood services
Date:Wednesday 12 February and Wednesday 26 February
Time:7pm to 9.30pm (please note these sessions are 2.5 hours long)
Venue:Karralyka

These sessions are now complete.

Celebrations in early childhood: should or should we not?

Should we or should we not cease events such as Father’s and Mother’s Day? What about Easter? The questions related to celebrations is early childhood education can bring to the surface some challenging yet necessary debates and emotions.

Deciding what we should include and what we shouldn’t requires a level of deep reflection and analysis; and isn’t as simple as banning a celebration or significant event.

In this presentation we will tackle the hard questions related to the role of celebrations in early childhood and if they remain how they might be integrated into the curriculum

Presented by:Anthony Semann
Suitable for:educators from early childhood services
Date:Wednesday 11 March
Time:7pm to 9pm
Venue:Karralyka

This session is now complete.

Program and planning: the planning cycle in action

The cycle of planning is regularly cited as an issue requiring more attention, as a result of services being assessed. Despite endless amounts of documents related to planning and children’s learning been kept within education settings, demonstrating a cycle of planning in action remains a challenge for many.

How might we demonstrate the linkages between the documents we keep and how might we maximise their impact? In this session we will explore the wondrous world of planning and the cycle in action.

Presented by:Anthony Semann
Suitable for:educators from early childhood services
Date:Tuesday 5 May
Time:7pm to 9pm

This session is now complete.

Speak Up - Identifying and responding to child abuse

This session was cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience. All ticket holders were notified.

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.
  • An explanation of the grooming process and how sex offenders can target children and young people.
  • An explanation of your responsibility in preventing and responding to abuse.
  • Building confidence in responding to and reporting child abuse.

Presented by:Child Wise
Suitable for:educators from early childhood and out of school hours services
Date:Wednesday 17 June- cancelled
Time:7pm to 9pm
Venue:Maroondah Council Offices, Braeside Ave, Ringwood

STEM for early childhood educators

This fast-paced, interactive session will step educators through the scientific method and how it can be taught with experiments that use simple materials that are able to be sourced from the supermarket or hardware store. Examine how science experiments can be adapted for ages 3 to 5, as well as how they can be incorporated into the Early Years Learning Framework.

Throughout the session, we’ll look at a wide variety of science experiments that help learners understand how basic scientific principles work in everyday situations. Kitchen chemistry, forces, sound, light and much more will be addressed, with the activities specifically covering materials that you can easily source.

Participants will be given access to a Google Drive folder that is filled with additional teaching ideas, podcasts and experiments for early learning educators.

Presented by:Ben Newsome (Fizzics Education)
Suitable for:educators from early childhood services
Date:Thursday 16 July
Time:7pm to 9pm
Venue:this session will now be held online via Zoom.

This session is now complete.

Creating beautiful environments (2-part course)

There's the saying ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, however, how do we negotiate the ideas of beauty within an early childhood space if each person has a different definition of ‘beauty’. What is the role of beauty within education?

Spaces speak and they can speak of democracy and a love for aesthetics. Spaces can also affect how we engage and learn. In this two-part presentation we will be venturing in the beautiful and lush world of aesthetics and we reimagine what can be possible within our education sites.

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

Presented by:Anthony Semann
Suitable for:educators from early childhood services
Date:Wednesday 29 July and Wednesday 19 August
Time:7pm to 8.30pm
Venue:This two-part course will now be held online via Zoom.

This session is now complete.

Ethics in action

Ethics is everywhere in children’s services. Educators make hundreds of decisions about what is right and/or good and try to act with integrity and responsibility. It makes for a sometimes complex, process that needs time and space often when these things are in limited supply.

Informed by Early Childhood Australia’s (ECA) Code of Ethics, and referencing ECA’s recent publication,Ethics in Action: A practical guide to implementing the ECA Code of Ethics, this workshop will explore the ethical dimensions of our work and strengthen our capacity to make more effective and respectful decisions.

Using the Guide and the Code of Ethics to support our professional thinking, participants will be invited to practice the art of ethical decision-making, and work together to reinforce approaches that enhance the rights and wellbeing of children, families, our colleagues and the community.

Presented by:Catharine Hydon
Suitable for:educators from early childhood services
Date:Thursday 21 Mayrescheduled for 14 October
Time:7pm to 9pm
Venue:online

This session is now complete.

Educator wellbeing

Early childhood educators are mandated by the EYLF to ensure children have a strong sense of wellbeing. There is however, an inherent connection between educator’s wellbeing and their capacity to provide quality education and care.

With education being an emotional vocation, educators must have strong personal wellbeing in order to flourish professionally and facilitate children’s academic, developmental and wellbeing success. But what do educators utilise to maintain their own wellbeing that reflects their unique work environment and profession?

Participants will have the opportunity to identify, connect and discuss:

  • Why early years education is critical.
  • What is wellbeing and how is it malleable?
  • The value and power of mindfulness for wellbeing.
  • Why being compassionate to ourselves is key to our health.
  • Relationships matter – how connectedness fuels wellbeing, for children and adults.
  • How gratitude can have a significant impact on our wellbeing.
  • What we can learn about thriving from the best teachers around – the children we work with!

A workshop booklet will be included to provide participants with a toolkit of takeaways for wellbeing.

Presented by:Lisa Baker
Suitable for:educators from early childhood and outside of school hours services
Date:Thursday 8 October-rescheduled for Thursday 12 November
Time:7pm to 9pm
Venue:this session will be held online

This session is now complete.

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 and avoid practices that directly or indirectly contribute to gender inequality, prejudice and discrimination.

Providing an anti-bias curriculum isnotabout 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 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 2 June- this session has been postponed to 2021 (date to be confirmed). Current ticket holders can retain tickets for new date, or request a refund by emailingchildrens.services.events@maroondah.vic.gov.au
Time:7pm to 9pm
Venue:Karralyka

This session has been postponed to 2021, with a date to still be confirmed. Current ticket holders can retain tickets for new date, or request a refund by emailingchildrens.services.events@maroondah.vic.gov.au

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. This 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:Wednesday 16 September- rescheduled for 11 February 2021
Time:7pm to 9pm
Venue:Karralyka

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 splendiferous spectacular salubrious engagement with the National Quality Framework.

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

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

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 and Louise Dorrat.
Suitable for:educators from early childhood and out of school hours services
Date:Wednesday 25 Marchrescheduled for 10 March 2021
Time:7pm to 9pm
Venue:Karralyka

This session is currently closed for booking. More tickets may be released as social distancing measures ease. Read more about the event on theKarralyka website

 

Where

Sessions are usually held online or at:

Karralyka

Mines Road, Ringwood East 3135.

 

More information

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

Mailing list for educators

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