Early Years

The following workshops have been designed to meet the needs of childcare providers and run for approximately 2 hrs per session. All workshops align with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Standards. Workshops can also be tailored to meet individual requirements.


1. The world came to my place today: Nurturing young global citizens


Development as a global citizen starts in the early years of life. Young children in Australia are part of a rapidly changing, globalised world and are already linked to regional and global communities in many ways. As we prepare for their future as citizens of the world, young children can be supported by teaching that helps them to adopt a global perspective. In this workshop early childhood educators will be exposed to hands-on activities and resources already in the childcare environment that can help young children look beyond their own place, see connections with other people and places and develop an awareness of the wider world.


2. Through the eyes of a Teddy Bear: nurturing cultural competence in the early years


Respect for diversity and cultural competence are key concepts underpinning the National Quality Standards and Early Years Learning Framework. Children’s cultural understandings help form the basis of their identity, how they view the world and how they fit into it. By promoting a positive attitude in children towards their own cultural identity we are encouraging them to be more open and accepting of others. Through nurturing, reinforcing and celebrating different cultures we are able to provide opportunities for children to explore their own sense of identity and develop an acceptance of diversity.

This workshop explores the important role early childhood educators play in developing tolerance, compassion and empathy in young children and provides the opportunity to engage with a variety of resources and strategies to support shaping a culturally responsive and inclusive learning environment. Come with your teddies and leave with a repertoire of amusing and enriching activities!


3. Reading the world: Global literature and multicultural resources in the early years


Everyone loves a good story and little ones are no exception! Great literature has the ability to draw us in to other worlds, others times and far off places. It exposes us to a range of cultural norms, worldviews and compels us to consider other perspectives.

In this workshop early years educators will engage in a range of hands-on activities to show how picture books, photos and other familiar items can be used with young children to enhance intercultural understanding.


4. Exploring child rights in the early years


In early childhood education, teaching about human rights aims to foster feelings of self-confidence and empathy. Young children are able to begin to understand the effects of their actions on others and to see how others’ actions affect them. But how do we teach child rights to little ones?

Moreover, how do we as educators create a rights-respecting environment for all children?

Through a variety of interactive activities early years educators will have the opportunity to examine the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, explore the vision for child rights in the EYLF and develop a suite of approaches to help them bring a rights-based perspective to a childcare environment.


5. Sustainable practices for little ones: Investigating sustainability in a family day-care environment


As we wrap up the United Nations’ Decade of Sustainable Development it is essential we remember the vital role education plays in shaping a better future for all. Children’s values and attitudes start to develop during the early years so it is the perfect opportunity to explore information and activities, which promote a positive approach to building a sustainable future, both locally and globally.

This session will highlight resources, both online and hardcopy, which assist educators to explore concepts such as resource scarcity (e.g. water); waste management; recycling; sustainable energy sources and environmental impact, using picture books, toys and familiar household items. All activities are designed to raise awareness and motivation so children feel they can make a difference.


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