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Darebin North East Community Hub

35 Copernicus Crescent

Bundoora, VIC 3083


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Darebin values the work provided by all educators within our municipality and recognises this through the provision of an exciting and informative network. If you wish you had the opportunity to meet with other like minded educators working in the area, or wanted to keep up to date with the most current and relevant issues within the industry, this is the network for you. And yes we still provide you this great opportunity for FREE.

Topics chosen for discussion are based on educator feedback.

Wednesday 21 February - Having difficult conversations with families Presentor -Angela Ditchmen

Angela is a dynamic and engaging speaker who specialisies in Professional development for Early Childhood Educators. Her wealth of experience and knowledge ensures she is always providing the most up to date and relevant subject content. Previous presentations include:- •Information sessions for parents •Individual consultancy to LDC,FDC OSHC, Occasional Care, Play groups and kindergartens •Delivery of accredited training (Certificate & Diploma level) •Delivery of government initiatives : VEYLF, EYLF, GRANDFATHERING,NQS •Designing Children’s Gardens (LDC)

Thursday 21 June - Winter solstice mid year celebrations freaturing guest speaker/entertainer Nelly Thomas - Mental Health and Wellbeing. "Who's looking after you"

Winter solstice mid-year celebrations, were we have secured the services of local comedian Nelly Thomas

Nelly has been a stand-up comedian for 16 years. She stumbled into comedy after winning the Triple J Raw Comedy competition in 2003. Since then she’s done all the things comedians normally do – toured Australia and overseas, established a Melbourne Comedy room and performed at hundreds of gigs and a couple of dozen festivals.

Nelly will focus her attention on - Mental Health and Wellbeing. "Who's looking after you?”

This will be a fantastic night, of great food and entertainment and I would hate you to miss out, as the night will be capped at 50!!! Use the link below, for further details and to book your advance ticket.

Nelly approaches the subject of mental health and wellbeing with the same candour and good humour as she does all her work. The show is empowering, uplifting and really connects with all of us who may struggle to stay on an even keel 100% of the time (that is, pretty much everyone).

Time – Arrive at 6.00pm if you would like to indulge yourself in refreshments OR arrive at 6.30 if you only want to see the show.

Thursday 16 August - Reflective Practice

Reflective Practice is much more than ‘Today was a lovely day we got to play outside"

Reflective practice is looking at practices and asking ourselves, What do we do, ‘why do we do what we do?’, ‘are our pedagogical practices consistent with the Guiding Principles of the Education and Care National Law?’ (Section 3, 2012), ‘and how we improve?, ‘is the child the focus in this process?’

Reflective practice is both destabilising and liberating. It urges us to think deeply about who we are, what we do and how we might go about improving our practices. At the Exceeding level (NQS, 2018), practice is informed by critical reflection.

What is the difference between critical reflection and reflective practice?

Do you want to know how do you reflect on practices including documentation and assessment, celebrations, risky play, theorists, child’s’ rights, routines, environments, including Aboriginal perspectives and embedding the arts in the curriculum?

Reflect and reframe on practices such as environments, equity,, risky play, celebrations, relationships with families,communication and theories that influence our work


APTS 6.3.2: Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice


This session aligns with:

QA 1: Educational program and practice

QA 4.2.1: Professional collaboration

Wednesday 24 October - Yarning Circle - Ideas on developing a RAP and more

All sessions run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Darebin North East Community Hub, 35 Copernicus Crescent, Bundoora. Light refreshments are provided from 6.00pm. You are also welcome to bring along your own food, or purchase food from one of the conviently located cafes.

This network supports all National Quality Standards, specifically:

QA6 - Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

QA7 - Leadership and service management


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