Be the difference for children and families was the inspiring theme for ECA’s 2018 National Conference. This edition of Every Child magazine shares articles from some of the presenters, including an ‘overwhelmingly positive’ wrap-up from ECA’s CEO, Samantha Page, in her guest statement.
Dr Stuart Shanker reminds us of the importance of early childhood educators and their understanding of mindful self-regulation; Kerryn Jones, Katrina Tjitayi, Penny Cook and Makinti Minutjukur discuss understanding cultural competence through the lens of co-creating a ‘third space’; Lou Gilfillan, Dr Anne Kennedy and Cat Kimber look at families learning together through the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY); and Anthony Semann discusses learning to unlead in order to bring back a definition that aligns to more humanistic traits rather than organisational outcomes.
In other conference articles, Lisa Thorpe and Angie Zelella present a strengths and rights-based approach to working through trauma with Aboriginal children; Leora Coleman presents an organisation’s approach to developing leadership skills; and Dr Anne Kennedy looks at the importance of reflecting on what language is used to talk about work and professionals in the early childhood sector.
The following articles are also included in this issue:
- Challenging behaviours: Could giftedness be a factor?
- How mentors support and shape new educators: A perspective from a mentee
- Every Child profile: Geraldine Atkinson
- Learning and teaching in community
- ECA welcomes a new mental health in education initiative … Hello Be You!
- AISWA Study Tours to Scotland’s Forest Kindergartens
- Quirindi Preschool leading community change: Rethinking, reducing, re-using and recycling
- Are all families visible? Exploring LGBTQI+ families in early childhood
- THE Pod initiative by Investing In Our Youth.