Beginning early childhood teacher conferences

In 2019, the Department and Semann & Slattery Pty Ltd delivered four conferences in Melbourne, Melton, Dandenong and Ballarat.

The conferences provided beginning early childhood teachers with strategies to develop their practice and create meaningful relationships with children, families, peers and other professionals.

Videos of each presentation will be made available over the coming weeks, with some available now.

The conferences will be delivered again in mid-2020. To find out when 2020 registrations become available, subscribe to the Department’s free monthly e-newsletter: Early Childhood Update.

Talking Teaching session overviews

Embracing opportunities of leadership

Dr Janis Carroll Lind, Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand

In this presentation, we hear from Dr Janis Carroll-Lind who talks asks the question, “What does it meant to be a beginning teacher and to embrace opportunities of leadership?”

Relational ontology

Dr Claire Warden, Chief Executive Officer of Mindstrechers Ltd

In this presentation, we hear from Dr Claire Warden who talks about the range of relationship a child goes through in a lifetime.

“In any good dance, sometimes the adult leads and they are the ones that are suggesting ideas…but at times within a dance, the child must lead…and it’s that relationship that you develop with those children that you empower them”.

 

Professional solidarity in dialogue with Reggio Emilia

Dr Stefania Giamminuti, Senior Lecturer Early Childhood Education, Curtin University

Dr Stefania Giamminuti, Senior Lecturer Early Childhood Education, Curtin University In this presentation, we hear from Dr Stefania Giamminuti who talks to us about the educational project of Reggio Emilia and its commitment to professional solidarity and reciprocity.

 

Exploring early childhood professional identity

Catharine Hydon, Hydon Consulting

Our early childhood professional identity is a sophisticated dance we perform every day. As we begin to understand ourselves as professionals, we commit to practice the steps together and refine our actions in support of children, families, colleagues and the community. This presentation explores the nature of contemporary professional identity and how through our actions we can maximise the potential of early childhood education.

Video will be made available over the coming weeks.
Relationships with educators, peers and other professionals

David Gilkes, Early Years Education Consultant

When working alongside children and families we recognise the importance of diversity, creating contexts for collaboration and listening, and approaching learning with an attitude of inquiry and research. But how often do we apply these same ideas to our relationships with our colleagues and other professionals? What are the possibilities?

Video will be made available over the coming weeks.
Action research supporting practice

Dr Sharryn Clarke, Monash University

Understanding the impact of your teaching is crucial to further enrich your practice and make a difference to the lives of young children. But how do we know we are making a positive impact on those we teach? And what research methods can we use to truly know this?

Video will be made available over the coming weeks.
The Power of Conversation

Kelly Goodsir, KG Learning

The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) provides a foundation for engaging and developing teacher practice through pedagogical conversations. Developing shared meaning and understanding of the VEYLDF requires ongoing conversations across three themes:

  1. A conversation that affirms practice
  2. A conversation that changes practice
  3. A conversation that awakens new practice
Video will be made available over the coming weeks.
Wellbeing in the workplace

Dr Carrie Hayward, Psychologist and Mindfulness Teacher

Focused on understanding the meaning of resilience, and its importance for emotional wellbeing. We will explore the importance of practicing a mindful way of responding to the world and our internal experiences in order to develop our full connection, presence and meaning in our everyday living.

Video will be made available over the coming weeks.
Relationships with children and families

Wendy Shepherd, Mia Mia Child and Family Study Centre

Relationships in early childhood programs are important and we have a professional responsibility to build these relationships with not only children, but also their families, colleagues and the community. Only through strong relationships can we create a real sense of connection and belonging to facilitate respectful exchanges of knowledge.

Video will be made available over the coming weeks.