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A Place for Culture?

Supporting cultural competence of non-Indigenous educators in ECEC services who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

Workshop 1: Monday 15th October, 2018 Time: 9.00 am – 4.30pm

Workshop 2: TBC February/March 2019

Download the Workshop Flyer here.

A Place for Culture provides a cultural competency-training package for non-Indigenous educators in early childhood education and care services, which supports the improvement of service access and service quality for Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

A Place for Culture has been developed to take non-Indigenous educators on a journey through our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and context, to give a deeper understanding, and support their current culturally inclusive practice approach throughout their services. With the support and guidance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early years educators, elders, community members and academics, SNAICC has brought the two worlds together.

The package aims to ensure educators meet the National Quality Framework (NQF) that includes the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standard (NQS) to build a genuine understanding, respect and relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, communities, children and families. 

Key topics of discussion will be:

  • Unpacking White Australia’s Black history
  • Understanding how the past still impacts the present
  • Self-assessment and review of cultural awareness and inclusive practice
  • Developing culturally appropriate and sustainable relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, children and families
  • Implementing culturally appropriate programs and practice in line with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Standard (NQS)
  • Putting it into Practice. Ideas, strategies and approaches that promote, explore and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture whilst implementing the outcomes, principles and practices from the EYLF & NQS.

Putting it into practice:

  • To build the capacity of non-Indigenous educators in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services to improve access and service quality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families
  • To develop awareness, culturally inclusive practice and approaches of ECEC educators.
  • To build respectful and genuine approaches and engagement of non-Indigenous educators with local Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander ECEC services, communities and networks.

The workshop is designed for:

Non-Indigenous as well as Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander educators working in Early Childhood Education and Care Services, family day care and Early Years programs.

Please register early as there is a maximum of 25 participants at the workshop.

For information about the workshop contact Judith McKay-Tempest, [email protected] and to register please contact Tanya Wells,

[email protected],au or 03 9489 8099

In collaboration with Northern Territory Government, Department of Education