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KU Professional Learning Practice Principles

    CHI LDREN’S RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
    The guiding principle underpinning the delivery of training is the provision of high
    quality early childhood services that view the child as central in all decision making.
    Children have a right to access high quality education and care services that are
    delivered by highly motivated and professional educators. Our facilitators respect
    the diversity within our communities and understand the impact of disadvantage
    on families and children, delivering inclusive sessions incorporating visibility of all
    peoples.

    RELATIONSHIPS AND SPIRIT
    We offer a spirit of optimism, reverence and curiosity as we support early childhood
    professionals to develop and act on the values, beliefs and capabilities that guide
    them throughout their professional learning. We value the idea of a community of
    learners and see positive learning happening when participants have opportunities
    to critically reflect and connect with peers.

    INNOVATIVE AND INSPIRATIONAL
    Our commitment is to the provision of inspirational and innovative training sessions
    that excite and motivate development and change. We want participants to leave
    with a “can do” attitude that infects those around them and encourages capacity
    building within their teams. Our vision is to provoke as we have been provoked and
    create excellence in early childhood educational settings.

    AUTHENTIC AND COLLABORATIVE
    We provide participants with opportunities for meaningful contextual learning
    that acknowledges the individual and collective journeys of teachers as learners.
    Our facilitators are practitioners who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge
    currently living or having lived similar professional journeys. A shared perspective on
    dilemmas and resolutions.

    CONTEMPORARY AND RESEARCH
    Our courses are designed using evidence-based best practices, consistent with the
    principles of adult learning, and structured to promote linkages between research,
    theory and practice. We aim to challenge common ways of doing with questioning
    and thinking that “wonders if?”.

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Contents

                                                     FEATURED EVENTS

                                           “I Tell the Story I Am Moved to Tell” –
                                       Educators as Protagonists in Documentation

                             The Art of Teaching Is All About… Interactive Workshop Day

                                                           EVENTS

                                                     Pedagogy and Practice

                                                 Education for Sustainability

                              Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM)

                                               Attachment and Relationships

                                                         WEBINARS

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What does KU Professional Learning offer?

    FEATURED EVENTS
    KU boasts a history of offering high quality, robust professional learning days. These one-off events
    draw on the latest practice and research from the early childhood sector and beyond. We are also
    offering several professional learning series delivered as webinar events that can be accessed from
    anywhere in Australia.

    TAI LORED PROFESSIONAL LEARN ING
    KU offers a number of workshops that can be tailored to meet the professional learning needs of your
    service and can be delivered onsite at a time convenient to teams. Tailored professional learning can
    also take place online and can be customised to suit your service through the delivery of a webinar.
    To find out more about Tailored Professional Learning and KU Resources, please visit www.ku.com.au/
    professional-learning or email Marg McLeish, KU Manager, Professional Services, at
    marg.mcleish@ku.com.au

    AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL TEACHING STANDARDS
    KU Professional Learning courses are mapped against the Australian Professional Standards for
    Teachers and may contribute towards maintaining Victorian Institute of Teaching registration.

    HOW TO REGISTER FOR EVENTS
    To register for our courses visit www.ku.com.au/professional-development and click on “all public
    courses”.

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About our Professional Learning Presenters

   Our KU course presenters are expertly equipped to deliver the content of the courses they present. They
   have qualifications and extensive experience in the field and are experienced workshop facilitators.
   Guest presenters of our featured events are highly recognised in their field and understand the needs of
   educators working in early childhood services.

                         FRAN BASTION
                         Fran’s engagement in the early childhood education sector spans over 30 years.
                         Fran’s work is currently anchored in the exploration of the role of teacher as
                         researcher, inquiry-based teaching and learning, pedagogical documentation, and
                         the language of the learning environment.

                         KERAN ELGIE
                         Keran brings skills and knowledge from a career spanning 30 years in early
                         childhood education. Keran has worked in a range of settings as a teacher,
                         director, education support manager and professional learning manager. Keran
                         enjoys engaging with educators to support and extend their learning while
                         offering opportunities for critical thinking and implications for practice.

                         LYNN FARRELL
                         Lynn has many years’ experience working in various roles in the early childhood
                         profession. Her area of interest and expertise is working with infants and families
                         and she is a strong advocate for children’s rights and social justice. She has
                         also worked with children and families who are experiencing vulnerabilities and
                         disadvantage using an integrated model.

                         JAN FAULKNER
                         Jan has more than 35 years’ experience in the early childhood sector as a teacher,
                         centre director, manager of children’s services and as a professional learning
                         consultant. She has also worked with a number of service types including long day
                         care, preschool, outside school hours care and family day care.

                         FIONA HARRIS
                         Fiona is an experienced early childhood teacher and has taught in several
                         preschool settings over the past 30 years. Her interest is in sustainability and
                         place-based nature pedagogy, helping children connect in the community. She is
                         also interested in children’s art making and literature and views pedagogy as an
                         ethical discipline.

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LAURE HISLOP
    Laure has over 35 years’ experience in early childhood education. In 2016,
    she was awarded the NSW Premier’s Early Childhood Education Scholarship
    and completed a study tour around the USA, exploring technology use in early
    childhood. Laure is passionate about technology as a curriculum tool and
    promoting innovative programs.

    MARG MCLEISH
    Marg has over 25 years’ experience working in the early childhood field in a
    variety of roles, including as a teacher, director, practice manager, and training
    and quality coordinator across long day care, preschool and family day care
    services. Marg is a passionate advocate for children’s rights and the right of all
    children to participate in high quality education and care services.

    MAREE MAURO
    Maree has worked for over 30 years in a range of capacities including centre
    director, special educator and early intervention key worker. Maree has worked
    closely with allied health professionals and families to support children with
    disabilities in their homes, community and educational settings.

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About our Featured Speakers

                       ANN PELO
                       Ann is a teacher, educator, program consultant, and author of six books whose primary
                       work focuses on social justice and ecological teaching and learning. Ann’s offerings will
                       support educators to build their knowledge and practice, consolidate previous learning,
                       and extend thinking in relation to pedagogical documentation.

                       JAN DOWNES
                       Jan has qualifications in early childhood and a Master’s in Fine Art. She has taught in a
                       variety of early childhood settings and in Art Education for early childhood students at The
                       University of Newcastle. Over the past ten years Jan has been an artist in residence and
                       facilitated workshops for KU Children’s Services and is currently a practicing ceramic and
                       printmaking artist.

                       BONNIE HISLOP
                       Bonnie Hislop is a Brisbane based creative artist with a particular focus on ceramics. From
                       her Brisbane studio she creates functional ceramic art pieces that are meticulously hand
                       built and painted with bright colours and intricate line detail. Bonnie also facilitates regular
                       ceramic illustration workshops around Queensland and is a hand building teacher at Mas &
                       Miek Ceramic House.

                       BRONWYN JOSLYN
                       Bron is a long-standing EEEC committee member and is also the Early Years Facilitator
                       for Play Australia. She is passionate about sustainability and critically reflecting with
                       professionals on the value of authentic outdoor play for children with a connection to
                       place. She is the Director at Diamond Creek Memorial Kindergarten and, in collaboration
                       with the kindergarten’s community (families, children and educators), is exploring children
                       as visible environmentally conscious citizens within the local community.

                       JO WARREN
                       After graduating with BA Hons degree in Photography, Jo later studied Graphic Design and
                       Semiotics. For many years she freelanced as a commercial photographer and had work
                       published in the British Journal of Photography. Her area of interest is visual rhetoric and
                       how to decipher images as a visual language.

                       STEPHANIE WI LLEY
                       Stephanie is the Coordinator/Bush Kinder Teacher at Yarralea Children’s Centre in
                       Melbourne and is a long-standing committee member of EEEC. Over the last 20 years she
                       has worked in a variety of public and private early childhood settings, both in Australia
                       and overseas, and is passionate about embedding Education for Sustainability into daily
                       practice and advocating for children’s right to access rich natural outdoor play spaces for
                       healthy development and wellbeing.

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Featured
     Events

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Featured Event

KU Children’s Services welcomes back internationally renowned educator and thinker Ann Pelo
(USA) to Australia.

KU is excited to be hosting Ann Pelo in 2020. She is a teacher, educator, program consultant, and author of six
books whose primary work focuses on social justice and ecological teaching and learning. Ann’s offerings will
support educators to build their knowledge and practice, consolidate previous learning, and extend thinking in
relation to pedagogical documentation.

The following professional learning opportunity is being offered for early childhood professionals to engage with
Ann’s work and thinking.

“I TELL THE STORY I AM MOVED TO TELL” –
EDUCATORS AS PROTAGONISTS IN DOCUMENTATION
Documentation practices in early education typically focus on children’s learning;            Tuesday 24 March
educators are present in documentation only as observers – whether enthusiastic or
                                                                                              9:30am – 4:00pm
neutral, their role in documentation is to report on what children have done, and said,
and accomplished. Ann asks, “What if we turn this view of documentation on its head?          KU Training Room
What if we acknowledge that documentation speaks volumes about what educators                 Level 3, 145 Smith St
                                                                                              Fitzroy
find meaningful and worthy of their attention and time? What if we call educators to be
present in the documentation they create, with their curiosity, insight, uncertainty and      $230
self-awareness?”

When we remake our understandings of documentation in these ways, we begin to
practice pedagogical documentation. In pedagogical documentation, practitioners are
not reporting on children’s learning; instead, they offer their thinking and questioning
about the children’s thinking and questioning. During this day with Ann, educators will
explore the idea that documentation is as much about educators and teachers as it
is about children. There will be the opportunity to play with writing exercises that call
forward educator’s voices and perspectives and the opportunity to practice writing
documentation stories that make educators’ thinking, wondering and valuing visible.

Bring a notebook and pen and come prepared to write.

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Featured Events

 THE ART OF TEACHING IS ALL ABOUT…
 INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP DAY
 This interactive day is designed to influence the learning environment for children and           Wednesday 8 July
 educators. The workshops on offer will inspire, provoke and provide participants with
                                                                                                   9:00am – 3:30pm
 practical ideas of engaging with children across curriculum areas. This year you will be
 able to choose two workshops from the three on offer. Numbers for these workshops                 Balwyn Community
 will be capped to allow for interactive participation, so early registration is advised to        Centre, 412
 secure a place at this day.                                                                       Whitehorse Road,
                                                                                                   Surrey Hills

 EXPLORING CLAY IN THE CLASSROOM                                                                   $250
 Presented by Bonnie Hislop                                                                        NQS
                                                                                                   Quality Area 1
 In this hands-on session we will explore approaches and key considerations when
 working with clay in your centre. Bonnie will offer demonstrations and guidance                   VEYLDF
 for designing projects for children aged 3 - 5 years that encourage creativity and                Outcome 5: Children
 storytelling.                                                                                     are Effective
                                                                                                   Communicators

 ART AROUND – PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP
 Presented by Jan Downes
 Participants in this workshop will explore a variety of printmaking techniques suitable
 for early childhood: rubbings, monoprinting, stamping, intaglio and stencils. Printing
 will be onto paper, card and fabric. There will be a focus on the artistic elements of line,
 texture and colour in pattern making with prints.

 USING PHOTOGRAPHY TO CAPTURE CHILDREN’S THINKING
 Presented by Jo Warren and KU Professional Learning Team
 In a multimedia age, educators and children use a range of tools to capture and
 articulate thinking and learning. Educators now depend strongly on photographs and
 images to help shape the authenticity of the story. This workshop explores children’s
 capacities to use photography and other media to document their curiosities and
 provides tips and ideas on how to use the digital tools at hand to take images that best
 tell the story.

 Completing ‘The Art of Teaching Is All About’ will contribute 5 hours of PD addressing
 2.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

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Pedagogy
                             and
                           Practice

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Pedagogy and Practice

 WHAT’S THE TIME? RITUALS, TRANSITIONS AND
 RELATIONSHIPS
 Presented by KU Professional Learning Team
 Routines and transitions are an intrinsic part of the day in early childhood settings.           Wednesday 24 June
 They provide predictability and a sense of belonging. When they work well, children will
                                                                                                  9:30am – 1:00pm
 feel ownership and have a positive learning experience. However, if not done well, they
 can be a source of anxiety and stress for children and educators. One of the keys to             KU Training Room
 planning an inclusive and appropriate environment is to understand the way in which              Level 3, 145 Smith St
                                                                                                  Fitzroy
 routines, rituals and transitions impact on children’s wellbeing. During this workshop
 we will discuss:                                                                                 $160
      Moving from routines to rituals                                                             VEYLDF
                                                                                                  Practice Principle:
      Giving children voice, agency and a sense of belonging
                                                                                                  Respectful
      Understanding responsive and respectful environments                                        Relationships
                                                                                                  and Responsive
      Supporting children’s wellbeing during routines and transitions                             Engagement
 Completing ‘What’s the Time? Rituals, Transitions and Relationships’ will contribute 3
 hours of PD addressing 4.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

 THE POWER OF THE BOOK: CONNECTING CH I LDREN
 AND LITERATURE
 Presented by KU Professional Learning Team
 “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book!”               Thursday 6 August
 – Dr. Seuss
                                                                                                  9:30am – 1:00pm
 There is a strong link between reading with young children and their overall
                                                                                                  KU Training Room
 development. By encouraging children to enjoy listening to and reading books we                  Level 3, 145 Smith St
 support them to develop their understanding of the world around them, use their                  Fitzroy
 imagination and develop language and literacy skills When we connect children to
                                                                                                  $160
 stories, they get to know the characters, are able to expand their worlds and have the
 opportunity to try out new and wonderful ideas. During this workshop we will explore             NQS
 questions such as:                                                                               Quality Area 1

      Why are books important?                                                                    VEYLDF
                                                                                                  Outcome 5: Children
      Which books are suitable for our bookshelves?                                               are Effective
      How do we connect and use books with children?                                              Communicators

    How do we promote children’s thinking, learning and imagination through
 		 literature?
      What about digital books?

 Completing ‘The Power of the Book: Connecting Children and Literature’ will
 contribute 3 hours of PD addressing 2.5.2 and 3.5.2 from the Australian Professional
 Standards for Teachers

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Pedagogy and Practice

LISTENING AND LEARNING WITH ELDERS
Presented by local Elders
Listening and Learning with Elders is a gathering where you will meet, sit and listen to   Thursday 23 July
the stories of local Elders.
                                                                                           9:30am – 12:30pm
Many Australians have been denied the opportunity to learn the truthful stories about
                                                                                           KU Training Room
the ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples lived, nurtured each other and      Level 3, 145 Smith St
sustained the land for its resources and life.                                             Fitzroy
This is a unique opportunity for you to think and reflect on the way Aboriginal            $160
knowledges preceded modern teaching, technologies, engineering, sciences and
community development. Understand the resilience required to keep these agendas            VEYLDF
                                                                                           Practice Principle:
successful for over 60,000 years and consider the significant impact this had on the
                                                                                           Equity and Diversity
‘new colony’ and its economy, and that the privileges now enjoyed by many wouldn’t
be possible without the First Peoples knowledge and support.
Small groupings will allow the flow of respectfully facilitated discussions between
Elders and educators. Questions will be answered as stories and knowledge is shared –
listening and observing will be key to your learning.

Completing ‘Listening and Learning with Elders’ will contribute 3 hours of PD from the
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

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Pedagogy and Practice

 WHO’S DRIVING THE BUS? EDUCATIONAL LEADERS
 STEERING PRACTICE
 Presented by KU Professional Learning Team
 Taking on the role of Educational Leader can be exciting, rewarding, challenging, and at        Tuesday 5 May or
 times, mystifying. Mystifying because the role is not explicitly defined and does not look      Monday 31 August
 the same in every service. However, if we consider that effective educational leadership        9:30am – 3:30pm
 inspires critical and reflective thinking as well as opportunities to work and learn
 alongside others, the co-construction of rich, relevant and innovative curriculum should        KU Training Room
                                                                                                 Level 3, 145 Smith St
 become the reality. In this workshop we will examine the many aspects of educational
                                                                                                 Fitzroy
 leadership including:
                                                                                                 $190
      How to determine a vision for educational leadership
                                                                                                 VEYLDF
      Sorting out the myths for the educational leadership role
                                                                                                 Practice Principle:
      Setting the stage for critical reflection                                                  Reflective Practice
      Strategies for guiding the practice of new educators
      Taking up the challenge to inspire and empower others in their practice

 Completing ‘Who’s Driving the Bus? Educational Leaders Steering Practice’ will
 contribute 5 hours of PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards
 for Teachers

 A TIME FOR THINKING: CRITICAL REFLECTION ON
 PRACTICE
 Presented by KU Professional Learning Team                                                      Wednesday 27
                                                                                                 May or Thursday 3
 There is a strong emphasis on critical reflection in the National Quality Standard and
                                                                                                 September
 Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. This is because the process
 of critical reflection helps us to think more deeply about our work and to question how         9:30am – 1:00pm
 our practices impact the learning and development of children. During this workshop             KU Training Room
 we will explore:                                                                                Level 3, 145 Smith St
                                                                                                 Fitzroy
      The way in which critical reflection drives educator decision-making and is
 		   essential to our practice                                                                  $160

      Strategies for engaging in processes of critical reflection that help us to have 		        VEYLDF
 		   the courage and confidence to question our own practices                                   Practice Principle:
                                                                                                 Reflective Practice
      Ways to integrate critical reflection into daily practice
 This workshop is suitable for early childhood professionals with some experience.

 Completing ‘A Time for Thinking: Critical Reflection on Practice’ will contribute 3
 hours of PD addressing 3.6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

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Pedagogy and Practice

INFANTS AND TODDLERS – RELATIONSHIP
FOUNDATIONS FOR GROWTH AND LEARNING
Presented by KU Professional Learning Team
                                                                                            Monday 20 April
Research shows that nurturing and trusting relationships support the development of
socially and emotionally secure infants and toddlers. What does this look like in group     9:30am – 3:30pm
settings? This session will observe and examine the development, cues, dispositions and     KU Training Room
temperaments of infants and toddlers and build educator skills that are responsive and      Level 3, 145 Smith St
supportive of nurturing relationships.                                                      Fitzroy

Completing ‘Infants and Toddlers – Relationship Foundations for Growth and                  $190
Learning’ will contribute 5 hours of PD addressing 1.1.2 and 3.2.2 from the Australian      VEYLDF
Professional Standards for Teachers                                                         Practice Principles:
                                                                                            Reflective Practice,
                                                                                            Respectful
                                                                                            Relationships
                                                                                            and Responsive
                                                                                            Engagement

REDUCING STRESS WITH INFANTS AND TODDLERS:
RESPONSIVE ROUTINES, ENVIRONMENTS AND
STRATEGIES
Presented by KU Professional Learning Team
Routines and transitions form a significant part of the infant and toddler’s day.           Wednesday 12
Responsive educators use these opportunities to “get in tune” with the infant or toddler.   August
Educators that are available, receptive, predictable and open to receiving the messages     9:30am – 3:30pm
that infants and toddlers are sending, are more likely to provide safe, trusting and
secure environments.                                                                        KU Training Room
                                                                                            Level 3, 145 Smith St
Completing ‘Reducing Stress with Infants and Toddlers: Responsive Routines,                 Fitzroy
Environments and Strategies’ will contribute 5 hours of PD addressing 1.1.2 and 2.1.2       $190
from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
                                                                                            VEYLDF
                                                                                            Practice Principles:
                                                                                            Reflective Practice,
                                                                                            Respectful
                                                                                            Relationships
                                                                                            and Responsive
                                                                                            Engagement

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Pedagogy and Practice

 CAN WE INDIVIDUALISE CARE AND EDUCATION FOR
 INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITHIN GROUP SETTINGS?
 Presented by KU Professional Learning Team
 The structures and operational decisions made within our services determine the               Tuesday 8
 level of individualised attention. Equally our understanding of development and               September
 theorists influence our responses and interactions with infants and toddlers. Unpacking       9:30am – 3:30pm
 these concepts will provide strategies and practices that build attachments, nurture
 partnerships and create high quality infant and toddler programs.                             KU Training Room
                                                                                               Level 3, 145 Smith St
 Completing ‘Can We Individualise Care and Education for Infants and Toddlers within           Fitzroy
 Group Settings?’ will contribute 5 hours of PD addressing 1.1.2 and 1.5.2 from the            $190
 Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
                                                                                               VEYLDF
                                                                                               Practice Principles:
                                                                                               Reflective Practice,
                                                                                               Respectful
                                                                                               Relationships
                                                                                               and Responsive
                                                                                               Engagement

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Pedagogy and Practice

DOCUMENTATION: FIND THE STORY WORTH TELLING
Presented by KU Professional Learning Team
This workshop is an opportunity for an in-depth exploration of documentation and        Tuesday 2 June
addresses questions such as:                                                            9:30am – 3:30pm
    What expectations do we have about documentation including those of the 		          KU Training Room
  NQS?                                                                                  Level 3, 145 Smith St
     How does documentation fit into the NQS Exceeding themes?                          Fitzroy
                                                                                        $190
     What are our challenges and possibilities?
                                                                                        VEYLDF
     What should we be documenting?
                                                                                        Practice Principle:
     What about digital documentation?                                                  Reflective Practice

Completing ‘Documentation: Find the Story Worth Telling’ will contribute 5 hours of
PD addressing 5.4.2 and 5.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards

PLAY FANTASY AND LEARNING
Presented by KU Professional Learning Team
Learning through play is an underpinning practice within the Early Years Learning       Tuesday 20 October
Framework. Play allows children to belong and be and gives them agency to explore,
                                                                                        9:30am – 3:30pm
make decisions and form relationships. This workshop is an opportunity to reflect on
and re-discover the importance of play in children’s lives. Drawing on contemporary     KU Training Room
thinking about play in early childhood, we will explore:                                Level 3, 145 Smith St
                                                                                        Fitzroy
     Children’s learning and development during play
                                                                                        $190
     Contemporary thinking about superhero play and fantasy play
                                                                                        VEYLDF
     The educator’s role in play                                                        Practice Principle:
                                                                                        Integrated Teaching
     Environments to support play                                                       and Learning
     Strategies for talking with families about play and learning                       Approaches

Completing ‘Play Fantasy and Learning’ will contribute 5 hours of PD addressing 1.1.2
and 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

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Pedagogy and Practice

 A QUALITY JOURNEY: DEVELOPING AND USING YOUR QIP
 Presented by KU Professional Learning Team
 The Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) is an essential part of the cycle of self-assessment       Wednesday 11
 and continuous improvement. It is also a valuable tool for identifying strengths and          March
 planning future directions for the service. For this reason, the QIP must be developed        9:30am – 1:00pm
 and realised using a whole team approach. This workshop will explore:
                                                                                               KU Training Room
      What is a QIP and why do we need one?                                                    Level 3, 145 Smith St
      What makes for a meaningful QIP?                                                         Fitzroy

      How can the whole team be involved in self-assessment processes?                         $160

      How do we make the QIP part of everyday practice?                                        VEYLDF
                                                                                               Practice Principle:
 Completing ‘A Quality Journey: Developing and Using Your QIP’ will contribute 3               Reflective Practice
 hours of PD addressing 1.2.2 and 7.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for
 Teachers

 FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES: AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT
 IN SERVICE DELIVERY
 Presented by KU Professional Learning Team                                                    Thursday 27
                                                                                               February
 Recent changes to the National Quality Standard highlighted an increased focus on
 meaningful engagement with families and/or communities. As professionals we know              9:30am – 1:00pm
 this yet struggle with implementation. Setting the scene from the first encounter is          KU Training Room
 key to building relationships with families. Building from a positive beginning helps to      Level 3, 145 Smith St
 sustain engagement. Multiple perspectives and sound strategies will be the focus of this      Fitzroy
 session.
                                                                                               $160
 Completing ‘Families and Communities: An Essential Element in Service Delivery’ will          VEYLDF
 contribute 3 hours PD addressing 7.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for         Practice Principles:
 Teachers                                                                                      Reflective Practice,
                                                                                               Partnerships with
                                                                                               Families

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                  for
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Education for Sustainability

STEPPING INTO NATURE – THE PRACTICE AND PEDAGOGY OF NATURE
PLAY BEYOND THE GATE
Presented by KU Professional Learning Team
This workshop will help educators to think critically about the value of exploring our           Wednesday 21
communities beyond the centre environment. It will support educators to plan safe,               October
interesting excursions into nature with groups of young children as well as equip                9:30am – 3:30pm
educators with new understandings of place-based educational pedagogy to enliven
                                                                                                 KU Training Room
and enrich curriculum. The session will also include a walk to a local space to consider
                                                                                                 Level 3, 145 Smith St
risk management planning and the learning opportunities afforded by the site.                    Fitzroy
Completing ‘Stepping into Nature – The Practice and Pedagogy of Nature Play                      $190
Beyond the Gate’ will contribute 3.5 hours of PD addressing 3.2.2 and 6.2.2 from the             VEYLDF
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers                                                   Outcome 2: Children
                                                                                                 Are Connected with
                                                                                                 and Contribute to
                                                                                                 Their World

INFANT AND TODDLER SUSTAINABLE CONNECTIONS
Presented by Bronwyn Joslyn and Stephanie Willey – Environmental Education in
Early Childhood (EEEC)
This interactive workshop aims to reflect on how we connect younger children with                Friday 1 May
sustainability concepts, nature and environmental ways of knowing.
                                                                                                 9:30am – 1:00pm
The workshop will investigate with participants how current curriculum opportunities             KU Training Room
are offered to babies and toddlers. How do we meaningfully engage with these younger             Level 3, 145 Smith St
children in Education for Sustainability (EfS)? What strategies may work, have worked            Fitzroy
and what are the challenges faced by educators working with the youngest children in
                                                                                                 $160
education and care services?
                                                                                                 VEYLDF
Completing ‘Infant and Toddler Sustainable Connections’ will contribute 3 hours of               Outcome 2: Children
PD addressing 2.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers                      Are Connected with
                                                                                                 and Contribute to
                                                                                                 Their World

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Education for Sustainability

NATURAL , RECYCLED AND COLLECTED MATERIALS
FOR INSPIRING LEARNING AND WONDER
Presented by Bronwyn Joslyn and Stephanie Willey – Environmental Education in
Early Childhood (EEEC)
This interactive workshop aims to reflect on and develop further understanding of the       Friday 12 June
value of nature and how to use it appropriately in the curriculum. It will incorporate
                                                                                            9:30am – 1:00pm
opportunities to build on knowledge as well as creating new ways to incorporate
natural, recycled and collected materials.                                                  KU Training Room
                                                                                            Level 3, 145 Smith St
The workshop will promote an understanding of, and respect for, the natural world and       Fitzroy
the environment and thus being able to see the difference between resources and junk
                                                                                            $160
or rubbish.
                                                                                            VEYLDF
The workshop will also investigate how to involve families and communities so strong        Outcome 2: Children
Education for Sustainability policies can be implemented and regularly reviewed.            Are Connected with
Participants will have the opportunity to explore materials and their properties, as well   and Contribute to
as learn in collaboration with other participants how to use them ethically and where to    Their World
access them.

Completing ‘Natural, Recycled and Collected Materials for Inspiring Learning
and Wonder’ will contribute 3 hours of PD addressing 2.1.2 from the Australian
Professional Standards for Teachers

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Science, Technology,
     Engineering, Arts &
      Maths (STEAM)

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Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths (STEAM)

INSI DE MARY ELIZABETH’S HOUSE
Presented by KU Professional Learning Team
This project, undertaken by the learning community at KU Bradfield Park Children’s           Tuesday 16 June
Centre across a 12-month period, showcases what can happen when educators
                                                                                             9:30am – 3:30pm
trust children as co-constructors of curriculum. The evolution of ideas, testing of
theories and the active participation in thinking, dialogue and learning enabled a           KU Training Room
                                                                                             Level 3, 145 Smith St
small community of learners the opportunity to reframe their practice, reshape the
                                                                                             Fitzroy
learning landscape and imagine new ways of being with children as pedagogical
companions. Inspired by the words of Ann Pelo (2019) who suggests “Great ideas               $190
have wings. They take you somewhere. With them, you can raise questions that can’t           VEYLDF
be answered...”, educators embraced the children’s ideas and questions as the catalyst       Practice Principle:
for sophisticated research.                                                                  Integrated Teaching
                                                                                             and Learning
Unpacking the birth of a big idea, participants will explore a culture of sustained shared   Approaches
thinking and learning and will engage with some of the practical skills and knowledge
required to support children’s evolving theories. With each new contemplation, new
lines of inquiry were launched, and educator’s offerings expanded to include resources
such as Makedo, circuits, greens screen technologies, animation and digital book
making.
This workshop will invite educators to view children as agentic thinkers and theorists
and support educators to effectively engage with STEAM learning as a significant asset
to children’s complex thinking.
The year-long investigation into Mary Elizabeth’s House is an example of what can
happen when children lead curriculum decisions, and educators remain open to listen
and find the resources and skills to make magic happen.

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Attachment
               and
          Relationships

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Attachment and Relationships

 WHY MINDSET MATTERS: SEEING THE MEAN ING IN CH I LDREN’S
 BEHAVIOUR
 Presented by KU Professional Learning Team
 This workshop explores the question: How does the way we think about children,               Thursday 23 April or
 especially those who are behaving in way we might find challenging, affect our ability       Wednesday 29 July
 to provide nurturing relationships they need for true inclusion and emotional wellbeing?     9:30am – 3:30pm
 Participants will identify ways in which authentic and secure relationships with children
                                                                                              KU Training Room
 help when things go wrong and identify responsive, positive strategies that support          Level 3, 145 Smith St
 children’s self-regulation.                                                                  Fitzroy

 Completing ‘Why Mindset Matters: Seeing the Meaning in Children’s Behaviour’ will            $190
 contribute 5 hours of PD addressing 4.1.2 and 4.3.2 from the Australian Professional         VEYLDF
 Standards for Teachers                                                                       Practice Principles:
                                                                                              Reflective Practice,
                                                                                              Partnerships with
                                                                                              Families, High
                                                                                              Expectations for
                                                                                              Every Child

 GUI DING CHI LDREN’S BEHAVIOUR
 Presented by KU Professional Learning Team
 This workshop addresses the area of behaviour, based on a philosophy of the social and
 physical environment promoting positive behaviour in children. The approach uses an
 understanding of child development, and includes preventive, responsive and proactive
 approaches. It supports the implementation of the KU Guiding Children’s Behaviour
 Practice Guide which participants receive as part of this workshop.
 This workshop is suitable for all early childhood professionals.

 Completing ‘Guiding Children’s Behaviour’ will contribute 5 hours of PD addressing
 1.3.2, 3.5.2, 4.3.2 and 5.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

 Monday 10 February                  Thursday 14 May                Friday 20 March           VEYLDF
 Wednesday 15 April                                                 Friday 19 June            Practice Principles:
                                     9:30am – 3:30pm
 Monday 20 July                                                     Wednesday 19 August       Reflective Practice,
 Wednesday 16 September              Community Room,                Thursday 15 October       Partnerships with
                                     KU Craigieburn                                           Families, High
 Tuesday 10 November                                                9:30am – 3:30pm
                                     Children’s Centre                                        Expectations for
 9:30am – 3:30pm                     24-36 Cleveland Dr,                                      Every Child
                                                                    Altona Early Years Hub,
                                     Craigieburn
 KU Training Room                                                   103B Grieve Parade,
 Level 3, 145 Smith St,              $230                           Altona
 Fitzroy
                                                                    $230
 $230

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Attachment and Relationships

 ONE OF THE KI DS: UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTING CH I LDREN
 WITH ASD IN MAINSTREAM SETTINGS
 Presented by KU Education Support Team
 This is an intensive workshop that is based on the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)            Friday 27 March
 for understanding and supporting children with autism. The ESDM has a strong and              9:30am – 3:30pm
 growing evidence-base, promoting best practice for those working with young children.
                                                                                               KU Training Room
 This workshop will disseminate the ESDM into early childhood settings, ensuring
                                                                                               Level 3, 145 Smith St
 that every child is included and engaged across a variety of early childhood services         Fitzroy
 (preschool, long day care, playgroups, early intervention etc.). It will also empower
                                                                                               $190
 teachers and educators in their work with young children with autism to deliver a high
 quality educational program that is individualised and responsive to each child’s needs.      VEYLDF
                                                                                               Practice Principles:
 Completing ‘One of the Kids: Understanding and Supporting Children with ASD in                High Expectations
 Mainstream Settings’ will contribute 5 hours of PD addressing 2.1.2, 3.2.2, 4.1.2 and         for Every Child,
 4.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers                                 Equity and Diversity,
                                                                                               Partnerships with
                                                                                               Professionals

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Webinars

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Webinars

 You can participate in our webinars from anywhere in Australia. All you need is a computer or mobile device with a
 reliable internet connection. This year we are offering a series of ‘short stop’ webinars for educators.

 SHORT STOP WEBINARS
 These popular series of short webinars are an opportunity to stop and take a brief time out of the day to reflect on
 some of the fundamentals of your practice.
 The webinars are suitable for new educators and for experienced teachers wanting a space to reflect and refresh.

 SERIES 1 – PROJECT BASED LEARN ING                                                               Note: Participants
                                                                                                  must book for the
 Presented by KU Professional Learning Team                                                       whole series

 PART 1: PROJECT BASED LEARNING – WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN’S                                           $100
 IDEAS?
 Element 1.1.2 of the NQS states that each child’s knowledge, ideas and interests should          Thursday 12 March
 be the foundation of the program. During this webinar we will explore:
                                                                                                  4:15pm – 5:00pm
      Which children’s ideas do you progress?
      How do you decide in which direction to take the idea?

 PART 2: PROJECT BASED LEARNING – CHILDREN’S AGENCY
 Element 1.2.3 of the NQS states that each child’s agency is promoted enabling them               Thursday 26 March
 to make choices and decisions. In this webinar we will discuss the way in which, in the
                                                                                                  4:15pm – 5:00pm
 course of children’s projects, we:
      Relinquish power in decision making
      Trust children’s knowledge and ability
      Democracy in action

 PART 3: PROJECT BASED LEARNING – CHILDREN’S THEORIES
 The EYLF states that educators need to value and respond to children’s knowledge and             Thursday 9 April
 be partners in their learning. During this webinar we will discuss:
                                                                                                  4:15pm – 5:00pm
      How educators’ value and respond to children’s theorising
      Big picture curriculum questions and high-level thinking skills

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Webinars

SERIES 2 – PEDAGOGY AND PRACTICE                                                          Note: Participants
                                                                                          must book for the
Presented by KU Professional Learning Team                                                whole series
                                                                                          $100
PART 1: MAKING SENSE OF THE PLANNING CYCLE
Standard 1.3 of the NQS requires educators to have a planned and reflective approach      Monday 18 May
to developing the program for children. This webinar re-explores the cycle of planning
                                                                                          4:30pm – 5:00pm
and emphasises the interrelationship between each part of the cycle. In particular, it
highlights the role of documentation in supporting the process.

PART 2: BACK TO BASICS – WRITING OBSERVATIONS

This webinar goes back to basics and provides tips for writing meaningful and             Monday 1 June
interesting observations. The presenter will explore the why and what of observation
                                                                                          4:30pm – 5:00pm
writing, language, style and tools to support the process. It will also show the link
between observations and knowing children at a deeper level.

PART 3: PLANNING EXPERIENCES AND ENCOUNTERS WITH CHILDREN

The EYLF states that we must be deliberate, thoughtful and purposeful in our actions      Monday 15 June
and that we promote learning through worthwhile and challenging experiences. This
                                                                                          4:30pm – 5:00pm
webinar explores the what and why of planning meaningful experiences for children.

SERIES 3 – CHI LD SAFE IN PRACTICE                                                        Note: Participants
                                                                                          must book for the
Presented by KU Child Wellbeing Team                                                      whole series
                                                                                          $120
There are many elements to ensuring learning environments are safe for children. This
webinar series provides an in-depth understanding of important themes and child safe
practices that assist educators to build their knowledge, skills and ability to respond
effectively to children’s needs.

PART 1: SAFE ENVIRONMENTS – REDUCING THE RISK OF HARM IN
PHYSICAL AND ONLINE ENVIRONMENTS
The physical and online environment puts children’s safety at risk when they are          Wednesday 8 July
exposed to the harmful behaviours of others or inappropriate content. The challenge
                                                                                          4:30pm – 5:00pm
to educators is: how do we manage these risks without compromising a child’s right to
privacy, access to information, social connections and learning opportunities?

PART 2: GIVING CHILDREN A VOICE – PROMOTING CHILDREN’S
PARTICIPATION AND EMPOWERMENT

Children are very easily silenced. In the interests of children’s safety and wellbeing,   Wednesday 22 July
it is vital that they are encouraged to express their feelings, are listened to and
                                                                                          4:30pm – 5:00pm
taken seriously. In exploring these themes, we will be focusing on the benefits of
giving children a voice and how we can promote their participation and help-seeking
behaviour.

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Webinars
                                             Webinars

 PART 3: MANAGING CHILDREN’S SEXUAL PLAY – PERSONAL SAFETY
 CONVERSATIONS WITH CHILDREN

 Young children are naturally curious about their own and other people’s bodies.                 Wednesday 5 August
 Educators need to understand what sexual behaviours can be considered normal
                                                                                                 4:30pm – 5:00pm
 curiosity and when they are cause for concern. Most importantly, educators need to
 know how to respond to children’s sexual play and to make sure they are providing
 a child safe environment for all children. This includes teaching children some simple
 personal safety messages. Personal safety messages for children can begin as young as
 2 or 3 years of age.

 PART 4: MAINTAINING PROFESSIONAL BOUNDARIES WITH CHILDREN
 – WHAT IS TOO CLOSE AND PERSONAL?

 During this final webinar we will discuss personal versus professional relationships            Wednesday 19
 with children. We will identify adult behaviour that might be considered too personal,          August
 unreasonable or problematic. This session will challenge you to think about actions             4:30pm – 5:00pm
 that may be perceived to be grooming behaviour and why it is important to define
 acceptable and unacceptable interactions with children in a child safe code of conduct.

 HAVING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS WITH FAM I LIES
 Presented by KU Education Support Team

 A key theme of the National Quality Standard states that practice should be shaped              Tuesday 7 April
 by meaningful engagement with families. However, what happens when you must                     or Wednesday 16
 approach families in order to have a conversation about a difficult issue? During this          September
 webinar the presenters will discuss the how, what and why of difficult conversations.           4:15pm – 5:00pm
                                                                                                 $60

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Guiding Children’s Behaviour
        Publications

     Now available on the Department of Education – School Readiness Menu of Evidence –
     Supporting Wellbeing.

     Guiding Children’s Behaviour                               Guiding Children’s Behaviour in Practice…
     Practice Guide                                             A Team Approach

     This detailed practice guide provides                      This practical resource is divided into easy
     educators with the tools to develop                        to use chapters that support educators’
     Individualised Behaviour Support Plans in                  understanding of child development, provides
     collaboration with families to prevent and                 key strategies to establish positive social
     respond to challenging behaviours in young                 and physical environments and addresses
     children.                                                  challenging behaviour.

     The implementation of these resources is supported by KU’s Guiding Children’s Behaviour workshop.

     The cost for both of these resources as a package is $140 (including postage).

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