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Philosophy into Practice: Topics and ideas

The following links provide ideas for putting Early Childhood Philosophy into Practice. These resources will be added to from time to time. If you would like to contribute information and photographs from your own practice, please contact AGECS


Possum Skin Pedagogy

Possum Skin Pedagogy: A Guide for Early Childhood Practitioners is authored by Sue Atkinson Lopez. The guide addresses some of the complexities around embedding Aboriginal perspectives through  seven narratives that can be explored with children referencing the possum skin as a marker of the maintenance and revival of Victorian Aboriginal culture and identity. Most significantly this guide was constructed in consultation with Victorian Aboriginal Elders and other leaders of the Victorian Aboriginal community through the lens of a ‘Possum Skin Pedagogy’.

Download: Possum Skin Pedagogy – A Guide for Early Childhood Practitioners Journeys and Outcomes

An additional resource Reflecting on the Possum Skin Pedagogy provides case studies of how early childhood practitioners have embedded Aboriginal perspectives into their programs. 

Download Reflecting on the Possum Skin Pedagogy Learning Project


Emotional Freedom Techniques - Tapping

If you are feeling stressed as an educator, overwhelmed by COVID 19 and worried about what is happening in your own and the early childhood world, then this 40 minute information/training session is for you. Looking for a tool that is free, easy to use and will reduce stress, tension and anxiety in your body after just a few minutes?

At the end of the video, you will have learnt the basic Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping) and be able to use the tool to relieve your own stresses.

What is EFT:

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a simple technique which is a self applied, stress reduction tool – it is similar to acupuncture but without the needles! EFT stimulates various pressure points on the face and body to relieve stress, which then releases many psychological based illness and complaints, such as anxiety/stress, pain, trauma, and weight/food issues.

How does it work:

Using two fingers to tap on certain pressure points on the body, EFT will have a calming effect on the stress centre of the brain, the amygdala, and the hippocampus (the brain’s memory centre). This calming effect will reduce the amount of cortisol, the stress hormone, that is in your body.

Clinical trials have shown that EFT will rapidly reduce the effect of emotional distress, and have an immediate calming effect. EFT can be used easily throughout the day, at home, in the classroom or in the car. It can be used by children as young as 3 years of age.

Presenter Bio:

Sarah trained as a kindergarten teacher and has performed a variety of roles from PSFO to managing local council services in her 25 years in early childhood services. Finding herself exhausted and a little burnt out, Sarah discovered the importance of self care and started on a new career path. Now trained as meditation teacher, and Emotional Freedom Techniques practitioner she is passionate about sharing the simple skills she has learnt to ensure maintaining good health and wellbeing whilst working in a profession that often requires staff to give so much emotionally and physically. Whilst Sarah still works in early childhood part time, she also manages her own business Empowered Living, is an advisory Board Member of the Mind Heart Foundation, and supports the work of the foundation to build resilient communities such as in the Kimberley.

Conference and Seminar Papers

AGECS Leadership for Change Seminar – July 2017

From the Supporting Engagement and Learning Conference sponsored by the Foundation of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies: 6 August 2011



Conference and Seminar Papers

AGECS Leadership for Change Seminar – July 2017

The Importance of Childhood Self-control for a Prosocial, Successful Life. Presented by Dr Sandhya Ramrakha, Otago University, Dunedin, NZ.

Video – Episode 1   The Early Years. Beginnings Count – A Lot.

This episode sets up the Dunedin Longitudinal study – it explains what a longitudinal study is, and why this one is so special. This programme then asks what lasting effects does our childhood have on us? Answer; plenty, but they may not be what you expect.


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