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Children’s Services Professional Learning Program 2018

Please note the 2018 program is now completed.

Authentic celebrations and events - rethinking the way we choose, plan calendars and celebrate days of significance

Celebrations assist the development of cultural competency and provide opportunities to share children’s learning with all members of the community.Karen will encourage educators to reflect on their current events and celebrations calendar. She will discuss ways to plan events and celebrations at your services which are authentic and valuable to each member of the learning community.

The session will inspire participants by including examples of how early years services can provide authentic learning opportunities through their events calendar.

Presented by:Karen Glancy
Suitable for:Educators from early childhood services
Date:14 March 2018

Planning for learning with infants and toddlers - a fresh take on the cycle of planning

The aim of this session is to celebrate the joy of working with infants and toddlers and recognise their enormous capacities to be agents and participants in curriculum decisions.

Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the way they use the cycle of planning with the youngest children and critically examine each step of the cycle as it relates to their work with infants and toddlers. We will work through the cycle using examples moving from observation to planning and then assessment for learning and development.

Our focus will be on ensuring that our approaches to planning with infants and toddlers:

  • Notice their interests, ideas and invitations
  • Respond to their agency and desires to lead their learning
  • Create opportunities for rich and meaningful learning and play

In this session participants will:

  • Practice observation techniques that focus on young children’s learning agendas
  • Think about planning for learning rather than for activities
  • Explore ways to document the learning and development of infants and toddlers, working with the guidance of National Quality Standard in relation to QA 1

Presented by:Dr Sandra Cheeseman
Suitable for:Educators from early childhood services
Date:18 April 2018

Who's in your family? Rainbow families are everywhere!

Australian families come in all different shapes and sizes and an increasing number of these include lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse, intersex and queer parents and carers and their children. This informative session explores the diversity of our rainbow families and highlights the challenges they face with a focus on early childhood and primary school aged settings.

It also reveals what educators can do to create inclusive environments that welcome all children, no matter the sexuality or gender of their parents or carers, or how their family was formed.

In this session participants will:

  • Explore the challenges faced by rainbow families and learn ways to respond to difficult situations
  • Learn how to navigate tricky conversations about different types of families with both children and their parents
  • Discover how to create inclusive spaces that embrace the diversity of families at your service

About Rainbow Families

Rainbow Families Victoria is a 100 per cent volunteer organisation that supports and promotes equality for same-sex and LGBTQI families. They work with families, ECEC services, schools, businesses and government to make Australia a better place for all LGBTQI families.

Presented by:Rainbow Families Victoria
Suitable for:Educators from early childhood & primary school aged services
Date:2 May 2018

Documentation doesn’t mean surrendering your life over - quality and never quantity (2 part seminar)

Do you feel overwhelmed with the requirements of documentation as an early childhood educator?

Each year we receive many requests from educators to provide more learning sessions on the topic of documentation.

Come along to this two part seminar to hear Anthony share his knowledge and challenge the ways in which we have come to understand documentation.

Anthony’s objectives for these sessions are to:

  • Critique and explore the functions of documentation
  • Assess the purpose of documentation as a means of curriculum improvement rather than a communication device
  • Explore effective ways of documenting learning
  • Analyse and identify ways of making documentation less stressful

Presented by:Anthony Semann
Suitable for:Educators from early childhood services
Date:14 May 2018 AND Tuesday 12 June 2018

Aboriginal cultural awareness sharing with Murrundindi

The Wurundjeri, also known as the Yarra Yarra tribe, was one of the three tribes that shared the Upper Yarra and Healesville areas. As Melbourne's traditional custodians of the land and of local Aboriginal culture, the Wurundjeri roamed throughout an area from Healesville to Lake Eildon, towards Westernport Bay and as far as Wonthaggi.

Murrundindi is directly descended from these two great Wurundjeri leaders via his mother, Gumbri, who has taught him to respect and honour his Aboriginal heritage.

Murrundindi and brother Warendj conduct cultural education programs in preschools, primary and secondary schools throughout Melbourne. They visit schools regularly and present the diversity of their Aboriginal culture to the children through song, dance, language and music. Murrundindi also does educational work at Healesville Sanctuary who nominated him for a reconciliation award in 1997.

Presented by:Murrundindi
Suitable for:Educators from early childhood & primary school aged services
Date:Tuesday 29 May 2018

Literacy and numeracy through play - creating a context for meaningful learning

“The disposition to seek understanding is one of several important inborn dispositions that early childhood educators should strive to support and strengthen, by providing a wide range of opportunities for young children to explore and investigate important aspects of their environments and experiences....” (Lilian Katz)

Positive attitudes and competencies in literacy and numeracy are essential for children’s successful learning. The experiences we provide and the way in which we interact and respond to children’s play has a deep impact on opportunities for deep level engagement and learning.

This workshop will explore how to embed literacy and numeracy as part of the everyday curriculum in a way that is authentic and meaningful for children.

Participants will:

  • Reflect and build on their knowledge of how children learn effectively
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the role of the environment in creating meaningful opportunities for literacy and numeracy development
  • Share and explore how the process of documenting children’s learning can inform responsive and differentiated planning.

Please note:due to unforeseen circumstances, Kirsty Liljegren is no longer able to present this session. Karen Szydlik will now facilitate the presentation and the topic and content for the session will remain the same.

Presented by:Karen Szydlik
Suitable for:Educators from early childhood services
Date:6 August 2018

Implementing physical education within your early years service

Do you want your group of children to be more active and enjoy physical education?Do you want to feel confident and have fresh ideas on how best to implement physical education within your setting?Do you want to learn how to link physical and gross motor experiences back to the EYLF?

If you answered yes to all or any of the abovequestions then perhaps this session is for you.

Participants will gain the confidence, ideas and knowledge to implement physical educational games, activities and experiences suitable for 1 to 6 years olds within a range of children’s services.

Paul will:

  • Outline and dissect the need for children to engage in physical education in an early learning setting and how to link this back to EYLF
  • Identify how and when physical education can be implemented into the curriculum
  • Explore useful equipment to conduct physical education experiences and the variations
  • Demonstrate resources to make and use in your service; such as hula hoops, relay batons, bean bags, etc.

Presented by:Paul Pennisi
Suitable for:Educators from early childhood services
Date:6 September 2018

Looking after yourself working in Children’s Services whilst trying to juggle it all

How can you prepare children for life when you are not looking after yourself?

How do you have time to look after yourself when there is an endless cycle of regulations, quality standards, frameworks, meetings, documentation, intentional teaching, community engagement and partnership forming?

  • Gain strategies to stay fresh and inspired whilst juggling a multitude of tasks
  • Listen to a 10 step program that will improve your mental wellbeing
  • Learn to spend time on what is important, not what is urgent
  • It begins with you

Suitable for:Educators from early childhood & primary school aged services
Date:11 September 2018

Creating engaging outdoor learning environments with intent

This session will explore how educators can create engaging outdoor learning environments that are planned with specific learning goals in mind.

Participants will explore:

  • The importance of intentional teaching in the outdoors
  • The educator’s role in outdoor play
  • How to highlight the value of outdoor play to families and the wider community through thoughtful documentation of children’s learning.

Presented by:Karen Glancy
Suitable for:Educators from early childhood services
Date:17 October 2018

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