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What is the role of an additional educator – Video

What does an additional educator do? And what is the best way to use an additional educator at your early or middle childhood service?

Try these reflective questions to use with this video, either individually or at your next staff meeting or PD session:

  • After watching the video, how would you use an additional educator?
  • Is an additional educator always the best solution?
  • Are you currently approaching inclusion barriers proactively or reactively?

Reflective questions_What is the role of an additional educator?

 
AUSkey: Quick guide for education and care services – Video

What is an AUSkey and does your early or middle childhood service need one?

Just as you need a key to your house, you need a key to access the Inclusion Support Portal. This ‘AUSKey’ ensures that children’s confidential details are protected and can only be seen by authorised people in your organisation.

Try these reflective questions to use with this video, either individually or at your next staff meeting or PD session:

  • Do you face any barriers when it comes to setting up your AUSkey?
  • Where will you record your password and how will you remember it?
  • Where is the best place to download your AUSkey – computer or USB? (Tip: Think about where you would like to work on your Strategic Inclusion Plan)
  • Who should have the Standard AUSkey at your service? E.g. director, educational leader, 2IC

Reflective questions_AUSkey: Quick guide for education and care services

 
Responding to children's challenging behavious – Video

Experienced educators share the strategies they use for guiding children’s behaviour in positive ways.

Try these reflective questions to use with this video, either individually or at your next staff meeting or PD session:

  • What challenges you about challenging behaviour?
  • What is your understanding of the iceberg model?
  • In the video, what did you see educators using to support children’s positive behaviour? E.g., props, visual cues, sensory resources
  • What did you think about the idea of putting a behaviour management plan onto the environment rather than an individual child?
  • When thinking about challenging behaviour, do you consider the whole environment? E.g., routines, ratios, family engagement.

Reflective questions_Responding to children's challenging behaviours

 
Cultural diversity: Examples to inspire early and middle childhood services – Video

Educators reveal how they support children from culturally diverse backgrounds at long day care and outside school hours care.

Try these reflective questions to use with this video, either individually or at your next staff meeting or PD session:

  • What inclusive practices could you see in the video?
  • How does supporting children from diverse cultural backgrounds make a positive difference to their development and wellbeing?
  • What does your service do to help families feel welcome?
  • Does your service truly reflect your community? How do you learn about the different people that make up your local area? And are there any gaps?
  • What can you do to make sure CALD perspectives are embedded across the program?

Reflective questions_Cultural diversity: Examples to inspire

 
Disability in education and care: What every educator should know – Video

How can we meaningfully include children with disabilities in early and middle childhood programs? In this moving video, educators describe what they do, why they do it and the benefits for all children.

Try these reflective questions to use with this video, either individually or at your next staff meeting or PD session:

  • What are your attitudes towards disability? And how do those ideas affect others?
  • Is there anything you’re afraid of or that holds you back?
  • Do you know the strengths of all your children and are they what you see first?
  • Can you think of a time you didn’t feel capable of including a child? What was missing?
  • Why isn’t funding for an additional educator always the most appropriate solution to challenges faced?
  • Is your service inclusion ready?
  • Could you do anything to be more prepared? How can your service intentionally plan for the success of all children?

Reflective questions_Disability in education and care: What every educator should know

 
What is inclusive education and care? – Video

We asked leading early and middle childhood services how they ‘do’ inclusion. This is what they told us…

Try these reflective questions to use with this video, either individually or at your next staff meeting or PD session:

  • Why is inclusion invisible when it works well?
  • What was inclusive about the environments in the video?
  • Think of a time you didn’t feel included. What words would you use to describe that experience?
  • Do you think some children at your service feel they belong less than others? If yes, is there anything you can do?
  • Is your service inclusion ready? What could you do to be more prepared?

Reflective questions_What is inclusive education and care?

 
Inclusion Support Portal: Tips and tricks – Video

Handy hints and tips for getting started with the Inclusion Support Portal.

Try these reflective questions to use with this video, either individually or at your next staff meeting or PD session:

  • What are the benefits of having access to the IS Portal?
  • How can you use the IS Portal to document and improve your practice?
  • What are some ways you can share information on the IS Portal with your team?

Reflective questions_Inclusion Support Portal: Tips and tricks

 
Meaningful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives – Video

We ask leading educators how they bring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into their programs.

Try these reflective questions to use with this video, either individually or at your next staff meeting or PD session:

  • Why does every Australian child have the right to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures?
  • What are some of the ways educators in the video included Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in their programs?
  • Do you agree with Rose Kelly’s comment that “if there is context with tokenism, then it is still meaningful”?
  • How confident do you feel when it comes to embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives? Do you ever worry about ‘doing the wrong thing’ or offending Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people? If yes, should this stop you from trying?
  • Does your program reflect local Aboriginal practices? How could you find out more?

Reflective questions_Meaningful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives

 
What is a Strategic Inclusion Plan (SIP)? – Video

A Strategic Inclusion Plan (or ‘SIP’) is a planning tool for services accessing the Inclusion Support Programme. It documents goals and progress, helping your service to ensure all children experience a sense of belonging.

Try these reflective questions to use with this video, either individually or at your next staff meeting or PD session:

  • When it comes to inclusion, what are your biggest goals?
  • What are the benefits of having a Strategic Inclusion Plan (SIP)?
  • How and when can you use a SIP as a planning and documentation tool?
  • How does a SIP link to your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) and why might it be a valuable asset during the assessment and rating process?
  • How can a SIP help you get ahead when it comes to supporting the inclusion of all children at your service?

Reflective questions_What is a Strategic Inclusion Plan (SIP)?

 
Embrace Magazine #4 – Digital Edition
VIA Embrace Magazine #4

In this bumper edition of Embrace, you’ll meet three extraordinary educators who are championing diversity at their education and care services. Whether it be linking with a local Elder or getting children out into the garden, there’s a consistent message that jumps off these pages, and that’s what we do together matters.

 

Embrace Magazine #4 – Digital Edition

 
Embrace Magazine #3 – Digital Edition
VIA Embrace Magazine #3

In the third edition of Embrace magazine, you’ll hear from inspiring Victorian educators as they open up about what they’re doing to make a difference in the lives of children in their care. FKA Children’s Services shares some fantastic tips and ideas for exploring celebrations in early childhood, and Yooralla examines what it takes to be truly inclusive.

 

Embrace Magazine #3 – Digital Edition

 
Embrace Magazine #2 – Digital Edition
VIA Embrace Magazine #2

In the second edition of Embrace, the Victorian Inclusion Agency’s bi-annual magazine, we celebrate Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and spotlight two truly inspirational services who are getting creative when it comes to acknowledging the past and laying claim to a future that embraces all Australians.

 

Embrace Magazine #2 – Digital Edition

 
Embrace Magazine #1 – Digital Edition
VIA Embrace Magazine #1

This is the first edition of the Victorian Inclusion Agency’s bi-annual magazine.

Learn how to build and sustain community partnerships, discover how one school-age care provider is breaking barriers to difference, and find out how the Specialist Equipment Library can support the inclusion of children at your service.

 

Embrace Magazine #1 Digital Edition

 
What is the role of the additional educator?
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This article from Community Child Care Association's Roundtable member's magazine explores the role of the additional educator. It busts some of the myths surrounding the role and there are a couple of great examples of how other services have utalised their additional educator to address barriers to inlcusion within their service.

 

What is the role of the additional educator

 
Building Belonging – Toolkit
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Building belonging: A toolkit for early childhood educators on cultural diversity and responding to prejudice

'Building Belonging’ is a comprehensive toolkit of early education resources which includes an ebook, song with actions, educator guide, posters and lesson plans. It is focussed on encouraging respect for cultural diversity and tackling racial prejudice in early childhood settings. Developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2016.

 

 

Building Belonging Toolkit

 
Equity in Early Childhood Education – Article
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This short article from the Hunter Institute of Mental Health focuses on Equity in Early Childhood Education.  Read the article; think about how you involve children and educators in conversations about resources? How do you listen and observe? How do you engage educators and children in sustained shared thinking conversations about respect, diversity and inclusion in your context?

 

Article - Equity in Early Childhood Education

 
No Limitations – Breaking down gender stereotypes in the early years
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The No Limitations Guide is about gender equality in early childhood settings, and provides practical tools, tips and resources for both an organisational focus and working with families.

 

No Limitations – Breaking down gender stereotypes in the early years

 
Inclusion Is about Proactive Approaches – Information sheet
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This information sheet sheet prepared by the PSC Alliance talks about how a service might ensure that all children and their families have the best start possible. The information includes tips for getting started, questions for reflection and key points.

 

Inclusion is about proactive approaches - Information sheet

 
Curriculum Decision Making for Inclusive Practices – Information sheet
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This information sheet provides practice examples and information about curriculum decision-making and actions that support the inclusion of children with a disability. How is inclusion embedded in your service philosophy? What could you do to ensure inclusion is embedded in your curriculum decisions?  

 

Curriculum decision making for inclusive practice information sheet

 
Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma - Online module

The Australian Childhood Foundation presents the SMART (Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma) Program, a free online learning course that focusses on supporting children and young people in a range of educational settings, who have experienced abuse and trauma. The training is self-paced and a certificate can be downloaded upon completion.

The SMART Program - Online training module

 
VEYLDF Practice Principle Guide 2 – Partnerships with professionals – A guide
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Work through this guide produced by the Department of Education to understand what a partnership with a professional is, why it is important and what it looks like in practice. Respond to the reflective questions and discussion starters individually or during a team meeting – make an action plan together and embed it in your QIP.

 

VEYLDF Practice Principle Guide 2 - Partnerships with professionals Guide

 
VEYLDF Practice Principle Guide 4 – Equity and diversity – A guide
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Increase your understanding of equity and diversity and why it is important to have a commitment to equity and respect for diversity. Then investigate what it looks like in practice, read this guide by the Department of Education and use the questions and discussion points to guide critical reflections and collaborative discussions with your team members and colleagues.

 

VEYLDF Practice Principle Guide 4 - Equity and Diversity Guide

 
VEYLDF Practice Principle Guide 3 – High expectations for every child – A guide
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Work through this guide from the Department of Education to understand why having high expectations of every child is so important, ensure that every child experiences success in their learning and that children may need different opportunities and supports to do this. Critically reflect on your practice and use the discussion starters to think about your current practice, what could you do differently?

 

VEYLDF Practice Principle Guide 3 High Expectations for every child

 
Connecting with Families elearning – Online module

Learn more about building relationships with families and having conversations with families by completing these online modules at www.KidsMatter.edu.au Check out the additional resources, activities and downloads and have fun!  

Connecting with families elearning Online modules

 
Guide to Finding Resources on the Internet for Education and Care Professionals
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Use this guide, created through the IPSP, to help you navigate and make the best use of online research.  There is so much information out there – learn some new tricks and make your research time go further.

 

Guide to finding resources online for education and care professionals

 
Creating a Sense of Community – Topic four: Inclusion – Online module

A video and supporting documents made up of a leadership guide, a workbook and a 4 part online series, designed by KidsMatter, to support educators to create a sense of community. Check out the activities in the leadership book, try them with your colleagues and investigate other resources by downloading the resource list.

Creating a sense of community - Online module and resources

 
Rethinking Images of Inclusion – A picture book for children's services
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Rethinking images of inclusion, a picture book for children’s services by Miriam Giugni, is a valuable resource in helping everyone think about inclusion differently, in a way that ensures you can describe everyone in your service respectfully and respond to everyone with a deep understanding of inclusive practice and creating belonging. What does it look like when you consider inclusive and exclusive practice across groups rather than focusing on the individual and how could you rethink your everyday practices?

 

Rethinking images of inclusion, a picture book for children's services

 
Worldviews, Theories and Philosophies in Children’s Services – Audio/visual booklet
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An audio visual resource that contains a collection of conversations exploring different early childhood worldviews, theories and philosophies – it will assist you as an individual and with your colleagues to engage with different ideas and theories as you work with children and families.

 

Worldviews, Theories and Philosophies Interactive Booklet