Tag Archives: Culture

8 ways of learning since the Reconciliation Symposium

Incorporating culture into the curriculum In May, a group of us from Queen Elizabeth Childcare Centre attended the ECA Reconciliation Symposium held in Adelaide. Wanting more insight and knowledge surrounding reconciliation and Aboriginal culture we attended with high expectations and enthusiasm and things have certainly snowballed from there. We came back to our service inspired […]

Should we swear in front of our kids?

The other day, my toddler son came home from childcare saying “piss poo”. He is one of the younger children in his classroom and clearly he heard this phrase from an older child he admired. I couldn’t help laughing at this unexpected outburst, which reinforced this behaviour – thus cementing the phrase in his emerging […]

Developing shared understandings about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ connection to land

During NAIDOC week (5 to 12 July 2015) many early childhood services have acknowledged and celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. I encourage all Early Childhood Services to reflect on the week, and particularly how culture can be embedded beyond the week’s activities. I was cynically disappointed that a small minority of educational services […]

Are we honouring time to develop cultural competence?

Anne Stonehouse succinctly described cultural competence as ‘about attitudes and approaches to people than it is about facts’.  I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. I recently conducted interviews with a number of early years educators around their understandings and perspectives of cultural competence as  identified in the Early Years Learning Framework:  The journey for educators: […]

Cultural competence: You don’t need to be an expert

I’ve visited several primary schools and early education and care services in Melbourne recently where the families have many different cultural backgrounds. Among them are refugees and asylum seekers, families who have experienced trauma and who continue to lead lives filled with uncertainty and difficulty. The conversations I had reminded me of the life-altering role […]

Get ready, get set … Yarn Up

The blog was originally posted in 2015 and updated in August 2020. Conversations about family, kinship, culture and Country help support mental health and wellbeing. Yarning is a way of capturing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ story and description of how they see and experience something. We have seen yarning benefit many individuals, groups and […]

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