Leading wellbeing with Be You in School Age Care

Leading wellbeing with Be You in School Age Care

This online event will connect school age care coordinators, directors and leaders to help them increase awareness about the importance of mental health and develop a culture that supports educators, children and families in achieving their best possible mental health and wellbeing.

This event will also explore how Be You can assist school age care services in developing mentally healthy communities, and explain how mental health links to Quality Improvement Plans, service context and initiatives.


Registration

This event is free for school age care coordinators, directors and leaders. Places are limited, click below to register.

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Date and time

Thursday 19 November 2020
10.00 am to 3.00 pm, Australian Eastern Daylight-savings Time (AEDT)


Program

Time (AEDT) Session
10.00 am–10.20 am Acknowledgement of Country, welcome message and program overview
Facilitators: Sara Richardson and Maria Heenan, Be You, Early Childhood Australia
10.20 am–10.50 am Keynote address by Sammi Wilson, Be You, Early Childhood Australia
Setting the context for School Age Care
10.50 am–10.55 am Move to discussion session
10.55 am–11.15 am Discussion session 
Your experiences with mental health and wellbeing so far in School Age Care
11.15 am–11.35 am Morning tea break
11.35 am–12.05 pm Panel discussion
Be You supporting leaders in School Age Care
Facilitator: Sara Richardson
Leaders:
♦ Renae Quinn, Camp Australia
Judy Kynaston, Be You, Early Childhood Australia
♦ Geri Sumpter, Beyond Blue
12.05 pm–12.10 pm Move to discussion session
12.10 pm–12.30 pm Discussion session
Mini action planning
12.30 pm–12.35 pm Move to main stage
12.35 pm–1.00 pm Panel discussion
Leader perspectives on specific consideration for 5–12 year olds
Facilitator: Maria Heenan
Leaders:
Barbi Clendining, Firefly HR
♦ Rachael SonterDenistone East Before and After School Care Association (NSW)
1.00 pm–1.30 pm Lunch break
1.30 pm–1.35 pm Welcome back
1.35 pm–2.05 pm Keynote address by Kathryn Hopps, Be You, Early Childhood Australia
Leader wellbeing: Mine, yours, ours
2.05 pm–2.10 pm Move to discussion rooms
2.10 pm–2.25 pm Discussion session
What’s next in leading wellbeing?
2.25 pm–2.30 pm Move to main stage
2.30 pm–2.50 pm Presentation by Emma Woods, Be You, Early Childhood Australia
Mindfulness: What  why and how?
2.50 pm–3.00 pm Q&A and closing remarks
Facilitators: Sara Richardson and Maria Heenan, Be You, Early Childhood Australia
3.00 pm Close of event

Please note: changes to the program can be made at any point at the discretion of the event organisers.


Facilitators and speakers

Sara Richardson

Sara Richardson

Sara Richardson has a deep professional commitment to early childhood and this is reflected in her work experience. As a State Manager for Be You, she is able to draw on her knowledge and skills, developed over 25 years, in many contexts to lead a national mental health initiative. Reconciliation and building educator capacity are areas of particular interest to Sara and she seeks opportunities to embed these into all aspects of her work.

 


Maria Heenan

Maria Heenan

With a background in child and educational psychology, Maria Heenan has worked in policy and community development across both disability and early childhood services. The key aspect of Maria’s work is to ensure that systems, resources and knowledge are available so children and young people can achieve their best possible outcomes.

 

 


Sammi Wilson

Sammi Wilson

Sammi Wilson is a Be You Consultant at Early Childhood Australia. Her extensive career includes educator and leadership roles, with a strong focus on School Age Care settings. She has also held leadership roles promoting mental health in community service and education sectors, and she has worked as a social worker for more than10 years. Sammi is passionate about personal empowerment and believes that positive mental health is key to leading the best life possible.

 


Renae Quinn

Renae Quinn

Renae Quinn is the Organisational Development Manager at Camp Australia, the largest provider of Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) in the country. Renae has worked in the sector for more than five years developing programs that support the learning and development of educators. The focus of her work continues to be on the wellbeing of educators and children, ensuring that innovative programs are used to support mental health and foster a psychologically safe work environment.

 


Judy Kynaston

Judy Kynaston

Judy Kynaston is the General Manager of Be You, a mental health initiative for schools and early learning services. Judy’s extensive work experience includes leadership roles in a variety of early learning settings and community organisations, as well as delivery of training to the early childhood sector. Her experience also extends to advocacy and policy aimed at improving the lives and wellbeing of young children.

 

 


Geri Sumpter

Geri Sumpter

Geri Sumpter is the Head of Be You Delivery at Beyond Blue. She is responsible for the delivery of the national ‘mental health in education’ initiative to early learning services and schools. Geri has an extensive career history, with a background in public health, health promotion as well as workplace health, safety and wellbeing. She has held significant leadership roles focused on stakeholder engagement, relationship management and the application of whole-setting approaches to improve health outcomes. Geri is passionate about helping individuals and communities achieve their best possible mental health.

 


Barbi ClendiningBarbi Clendining

Personal experience is what drives Barbi Clendining to work in the early childhood sector. Having worked with children for 18 years, Barbi found her niche 11 years ago in School Age Care—commonly known as Outside School Hours Care (OSHC). In this time span, she has worked with approximately 100 educators with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. As a leader, Barbi’s priority is to promote wellbeing amongst the team, as she believes that teams are the most important part of a service. She enjoys creating teams in OSHC, so she co-founded Firefly HR, the only OSHC-specific recruitment company in Australia.

 


Rachael Sonter

Rachael Sonter has almost 10 years’ experience in the early years sector. She started her career in early childhood and then moved into OSHC. This led her to undertake further studies in social work. Rachael is currently the Wellbeing Leader at Denistone East Before and After School Care, and she’s working on creating a resource for OSHC services to support the mental health of children aged between 10 and12 years as they transition to high school.

 


Kathryn Hopps

Kathryn Hopps

Kathryn Hopps is a Be You Consultant at Early Childhood Australia. She is based in Canberra and has experience working as an early childhood and primary teacher, teacher-educator and researcher. She has had many roles in and around school age care settings including as a co-ordinator of school age care service in rural NSW and as a Quality Assurance facilitator for Network of Community Activities. The school-age care hats she currently wears are that of a parent of a child in a school age care service, and a member of the service’s RAP working group. Kathryn has research expertise in transition to school and has been involved in projects investigating transitions to school age care. She has also written and presented on educator wellbeing in a variety of forums.


Emma Woods

Emma Woods

Emma Woods is a Be You Consultant at Early Childhood Australia, located in Perth. She has a passion for education and care and wants all Australians to be and become the best they can be. Emma’s aim is to ensure that families, educators and children are provided with culturally sensitive and mentally healthy education and support. She is a positive and engaging leader, with experience in School Age Care, Long Day Care, Preschool and Occasional Care settings. She hopes to help colleagues in the sector practise mindfulness for regulating emotions and decreasing stress, anxiety and depression.