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Children’s Services Professional Learning Program 2020

Please note that due to the covid-19 pandemic, some sessions throughout 2020 were cancelled and/or postponed due to government restrictions.

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 May rescheduled 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 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 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 emailing childrens.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 emailing childrens.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 March rescheduled 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 the Karralyka website

 
28/07/2017
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