Date(s) - 28/07/2017
9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Collingwood Town Hall


Learn how early childhood professionals, including coordinators and educational leaders, can support the learning and well-being of children, families and educators in early childhood.



Childhood Self-control: What We Should Know  with Dr Sandhya Ramrakha

Dr. Sandhya Ramrakha will present findings from the long running Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. The study focuses on the lifelong benefits of childhood self-control, including benefits to health, wealth, parenting and crime. These findings lend support to the growing movement for quality early-childhood education. This project attracted considerable attention from researchers, educationalists, policy makers, the media and the public about the importance of childhood self-control worldwide.

Culture for Under-Threes: Empowering Early Childhood Educators to Embed Cultural Diversity into Their Programmes for Children Under Three Years of Age  with  Alannah Dore

In this presentation, Alannah Dore, will describe the development of two short professional development videos which she created with the expertise of videographer, animator and editor, Cath Murphy. The videos, which can be viewed online through smartphones, along with simple questionnaires and evaluation sheets are designed for busy educators who are programming for children under three years of age. The package is intended to be freely available to early childhood educators in order to increase their cultural competence. The presentation will include a screening of both videos (each less than 7 minutes), along with a short reflection on the project’s journey, proposed outcomes, and further directions for practical application. The presentation will also highlight the unique lessons learned along the way about cultural competence, project development and their relationship to professional growth.

This project was made possible through the AGECS Fellowship Programme for Leadership and Change

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