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Invitation to Early Childhood Educators - "Early Childhood Matters" 13th Annual Conference: Resilient Families Build Strong Communities - An Imperative To Act!

Wyndham City Early Education and Care Services

Friday, 18 May 2018 from 7:45 am to 5:00 pm (AEST)

Invitation to Early Educators - "Early Childhood...

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Resilient Families Build Strong Communities - 

 

 

 

 

 

An Imperative to Act!

 

 

 

 

 

“Children learning in the context of their families and families are the primary influence on children’s learning and development. Professionals too, play a role in advancing children’s learning and development. Professionals engage in family-centred practice by respecting the pivotal role of families in children’s lives. Early childhood professionals:

 

 

 

  • Use families’ understanding of their children to support shared decision-making about each child’s learning and development
  • Create a welcoming and culturally inclusive environment where all families are encouraged to participate in and contribute to children’s learning and development experiences
  • Actively engage families and children in planning children’s learning and development
  • Provide feedback to families on their children’s learning and information about how families can further advance children’s learning and development at home and in the community (VEYLDF, pg 10)”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join a high calibre of experts and Early Childhood Professionals who will discuss the definition of Family-Centred Practice, provoke critical reflection of how your service currently supports best outcomes for families, gather strategies and tools that can support connections within your community and map out the path towards a strong family focused service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resilient Families Build Strong Communities – An Imperative to Act! promises to provide the platform to support Educators knowledge when recognising the role that families have as their central teacher within their children’s lives. When we set up families with the skills and strategies to continue learning within their homes and communities, we are ensuring best outcomes for every child in their future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Conference is a MUST for anyone surrounded by community and supporting families within the school settings, Kindergartens, Long Day Cares, Family Day Cares and Out of School Cares. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Keynote Address: Anthony Semann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"When collaboration takes an interesting turn: Transforming outcomes for families through a more integrated approach to practice"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Yes, yes, yes, we all hear about the importance of working with families in a respectful manner, and how important it is that, we as services, work together to deliver better outcomes to families in a more synergistic manner. But is this ever possible? Do the silos of our practice and organisational competitiveness inhibit such outcomes? The saying 'the team that works together stays together’ might be useful right now but it does come down to how you define the team. Is it just those in our organisation or can we see the team being beyond those we work with?  In this keynote address Anthony will be exploring how we might transform outcomes for families through a more co-ordinated and collaborative approach.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 In addition to the keynote address at the commencement of the conference, each ticket provides you with access to three presentations as outlined in the table below. 

 

 

 

 ** Please refer to this table when booking your tickets **

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets

Session from 10:00am - 11:30am

Session from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Session from 3:00pm to 4:30pm

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1.

The Koori Curriculum - "Acknowledgment and caring for Country"

4.

Marcus Pedro  "My MESS Now becomes my MESSage"

12.

Gowrie Victoria - "Simply engaging with complex families"

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4.

Marcus Pedro  "My MESS Now becomes my MESSage"

2.

The Koori Curriculum - "Aboriginal pedagogy"

10.

Annette Sax - "Building Authentic Relationships with Aboriginal Families & Communities

C

14.

Caroline Roberts - “Family Centred Practice – Practical Strategies for your Early Years Class room”

9.

Annette Sax - "Building Authentic Relationships with Aboriginal Families & Communities

6.

Noah's Ark - "Meaningful Inclusion: Challenging conversations is having those difficult conversations in a strengths-based and respectful way" - Alison Webster

D

8.

Annette Sax - "VEYLDF in depth"

11.

Gowrie Victoria - "Building relationships with families"

4.

Marcus Pedro  "My MESS Now becomes my MESSage"

E

5.

Noah's Ark - "Meaningful Inclusion: Collaborative partnerships with parents in family centred practice" by Lou Ambrosy

13.

Wyndham Park Primary School - "Wyndham Park Primary School Collaborative Partnerships with Families"

3.

The Koori Curriculum - "Embedding Aboriginal perspectives into Early Childhood Curriculums"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Staines - Koori Curriculum

 

 

 

Session 1: Acknowledging and caring for country

 

 

 

Acknowledgement of country is an important part of an early learning services program however, it is often abstract for children to fathom. This workshop will expose participants to the variety of ways in which acknowledgement of country can be introduced and unfold for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.  Educators must be able to draw upon a repertoire of resources and experiences to keep acknowledgement engaging, relevant and respectful.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 2: Aboriginal Pedagogy

 

 

 

The Aboriginal pedagogy workshop focuses on the method and way that one teaches, teaching through culture rather than about it. Participants will learn about Australia’s leading Aboriginal Early Childhood theorists and how their work fits and influences their daily practices. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 3:  Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives into Early Childhood Curriculums 

 

 

 

This workshop will showcase several case studies that show how Aboriginal perspectives have been embedded into projects and children’s emerging interests. Participants will consider what the Aboriginal perspective is of fairies, insects and fire fighters and how these interests can be used as a vehicle for learning.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 Marcus Pedro

 

 

 

Session 4: My MESS now becomes my MESSage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcus tells his inspiring story

 

 

 

  • The Story Begins
  • Trying to Survive
  • Meets Another Warrior
  • Recognises the Third Warrior
  • Making Sense

 

 

 

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Lou Ambrosy - Noah's Ark

 

 

 

Session 5: Meaningful Inclusion - Collaborative Partnership with Parents and Carers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Early Years Learning Framework and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework asks educators to work in partnership with families. What does this mean on the ground to your day to day practice?

 

 

 

This seminar is aimed at supporting teachers and educators to consider how to work in a collaborative partnership with parents and carers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning outcomes:

 

 

 

  • Participants will reflect on what a collaborative partnership looks like
  • Participants will explore reflective listening as a tool to establish a collaborative partnership
  • Participants will gain some knowledge of family centered practice
  • Participants will consider some strategies for establishing a positive relationship with parents or carers who have a child with a disability 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 Alison Webster - Noah's Ark

 

 

 

Session 6: Meaningful Inclusion - Challenging Conversations with Parents and Carers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working with families at the early stages of a diagnosis or suspected   diagnosis of disability can be enormously challenging.

 

 

 

This seminar is aimed at supporting professionals to consider some of the   steps in having a challenging conversation with parents or carers about   their child.

 

 

 

Learning outcomes:

 

 

 

  • Participants will reflect on which conversations they find are challenging
  • Participants will explore a framework that looks at how parents adapt to having a child with additional needs
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of Family Centred Practice
  • Participants will gain fundamental skills in strengths based practice
  • Participants will explore a framework for conducting challenging conversations

 

 

 


 

 

 

Annette Sax - Yarn Strong Sista 

 

 

 

Session 8: Victorian Early Years Learning & Development Framework (VEYLDF) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During this Professional Development workshop, we will take a closer look at the Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge Story which was written by Yorta Yorta academic Dr Sue Atkinson Lopez, to reflect the revised Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF). The Ochre painting which accompanies the Framework was created by Taungurung Artist, Annette Sax. We will examine the process of creating Ochre works in this style and unpack the Aboriginal symbols and animal tracks used by Annette in the painting. In this workshop we will discuss the Three Elements of the VEYLDF which include Practise Principles, Outcomes and Transition and Continuity of Learning. Both the story and art work are embedded in Aboriginal Pedagogy and this workshop will highlight the importance of linking Aboriginal culture within early years’ curriculum.   

 

 

 

  • Victorian Aboriginal Culture 
  • Aboriginal Identity 
  • The Ceremony of Tanderrum “Welcome to Country Ceremony” 
  • Aboriginal Pedagogy – Yarn Strong Sista has been given permission by Dr Sue Atkinson-Lopez to share her PhD research "Indigenous Early Childhood Curriculum and Self Determination in Victoria.  Educators will get to hear the voices of Aboriginal parents through this research. 
  • Aboriginal Art Experience of “Ochre Painting” – Using natural and recycled materials including gum leaves, flowering gum, bark, paper bark. 
  • Gift from Country – Piece of Ochre for each Participant 
  • Action Plan for 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 9 and 10: Building Authentic Relationships with Aboriginal Families and Communities.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Workshop will focus on “What Aboriginal Parents Want for Their Children Attending Early Childhood Services.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will cover topics including: 

 

 

 

  • Victorian Aboriginal Culture
  • Aboriginal Identity 
  • Aboriginal Pedagogy – Yarn Strong Sista has been given permission by Dr Sue Atkinson-Lopez to share her PhD research "Indigenous Early Childhood Curriculum and Self Determination in Victoria”   Educators will get to hear the voices of Aboriginal Parents through this research via quotes from Dr Sue’s research. 
  • Aboriginal Storytellling 
  • Aboriginal Hokey Pokey 
  • Aboriginal Art Experience of making “Bush Bouquet” – Using natural and recycled materials including gum leaves, flowering gum, bark, paper bark, wool, recycled paper. 
  • Action Plan for 2018

 

 

 


 

 

 

Michele Haywood - Gowrie  Victoria

 

 

 

Session 11: Building relationships with families

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This workshop will assist educators to gain insight into approaches to enhance communication with families.  Building on existing skills and experience within the participants we will explore the importance of the relationship with family and broader community to a child’s growth within your service. Participants will discuss good practice and how to address barriers to communication with families and go away with some ideas to implement back in your own service. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Nicole Pilsworth - Gowrie Victoria

 

 

 

Session 12: Simply engaging with complex families

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This session provides a case study of Gowrie Victoria’s experience working with the community in Broadmeadows. Our story involves the building of strong partnerships with our community, including engagement with families from complex backgrounds. We will outline our story from when we first opened the service in 2016 to being rated as Exceeding by ACECQA in December 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rather than just listen to the case study we will ask participants to discuss the ideas you find most important and interesting and identify areas of engagement with families you would like to use in your interactions in your own service.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Wyndham Park Primary School

 

 

 

Session 13: Collaborative Partnerships with Families

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This workshop is facilitated by:

 

 

 

Laban Toose – WPPS School Community and family enrolment

 

 

 

Julia McCahon – WPPS Wellbeing Team and support for families

 

 

 

Louise Holley – Parent/family engagement and our community hub

 

 

 

Kristy Gray – The Smith Family partnership and community engagement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Within this workshop, we will demonstrate how the WPPS community supports families in order to achieve best outcomes for children.  We will take you on our journey of creating a community that offers guidance, support and an individual approach to achieving strong and authentic relationships with families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Caroline Roberts

 

 

 

Session 14: Family Centred Practice – Practical Strategies for your Early Years Class room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this session, you will be exposed to understand:

 

 

 

  • What is Family Centred Practice
  • What Family Centred Practice looks like within the Early Years classroom
  • How Educators can build positive relationships with families and parents
  • Strategies that can be implemented to strive for successful Family Centred Practice
  • Explore the positive outcomes for a family of a supportive Educator that engages in Family Centred Practice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



  • Lou Ambrosy

    Lou Ambrosy

    Noah's Ark

    Training Manager

  • Michele Howard

    Michele Howard

    Gowrie Victoria

    Senior Consultant

  • Marcus Pedro

    Marcus Pedro


    Inspirational Speaker

  • Nicole Pilsworth

    Nicole Pilsworth

    Gowrie Victoria

    Early Learning Manager

  • Caroline Roberts

    Caroline Roberts

    Wyndham City

    Pre School Field Officer

  • Annette Sax

    Annette Sax

    Yarn Strong Sista

    Education and Creative Arts Director

  • Anthony Semann

    Anthony Semann

    Semann & Slattery

    Director

  • Jessica Staines

    Jessica Staines

    Koori Curriculum

    Director

  • Laban Toose

    Laban Toose

    Wyndham Park Primary School

    Principal

  • Alison Webster

    Alison Webster

    Noah's Ark

    Inclusion Project Consultant


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Encore Events Centre
80 Derrimut Road
Hoppers Crossing, VIC 3030
Australia

Friday, 18 May 2018 from 7:45 am to 5:00 pm (AEST)


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Wyndham City Early Education and Care Services

Local Government Kindergarten Cluster Wyndham City provides kindergarten for over 2800 children across 26 sites and employs over 200 educators and staff.

We are committed to providing excellent high calibre programs in outstanding indoor/outdoor learning environments and have a proven track record with outstanding National Quality Rating and Assessment results across all kindergartens!

The key to maintaining our high standards is based of selective recruitment, retention and the ongoing development of our eduators with the provision of fantastic professional development oppportunities such as our annual Early Years Matters Conferences.


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