Professional Development opportunity for Early Years practitioners!

11 April 2018 | General Interest

Professional Development opportunity for Early Years Practitioners which will provide them with the knowledge, strategies and resources relating to the engagement of Koorie children and their families. It will also address how to make your Kindergarten a culturally appropriate and welcoming environment. It is suitable for Early Years practitioners who work in Kindergartens where there are significant numbers of Koorie children, as well as those who work in Kindergarten where there are no Koorie children.

VAEAI will be delivering PDs across Victoria on how services can become more inclusive of Aboriginal culture and they can better engage with Koorie families utilising their service.

The session will cover:

  • how to make connections with local Koorie communities
  • exploration of resources
  • ‘hands-on’, practical experience

More information about the sessions:

Every child should be able to see themselves, their identities and their cultures reflected in the curriculum so they can fully participate in learning and build their self-esteem. As the First Peoples of this country and the world’s oldest continuous living cultures, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people occupy a unique place in Australia history and culture.

All students regardless of cultural background, deserve to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, history and cultures. The knowledge and understanding enriches students ability to participate positively in the ongoing development of Australia. Learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait people, history and cultures and valuing the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia is essential component of both the Victorian Early Years Learning Development Framework (VEYLDF) and the National Quality Standard in Early Childhood Education (ACEQA). It is also relevant to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: Focus Areas 1.4 and 2.4.

The Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc will be running Professional Development Sessions commencing July 2018. If you work within a Kindergarten Program and would like to participate in any of our sessions, please complete the below registration form to express your interest. Session locations will be determined once we determine interest from educators.

All sessions are delivered by Aboriginal educators with expertise in early childhood education. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance that can be used for Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) PD activity Records.

All enquiries and expressions of interest please email Early Years Coordinator: Kim Powell

PD registration form