Early Childhood Australia recognises that connections with place and people are central to the wellbeing of young children and their families, and that building relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will bring about a positive change, not only for children but also for whole communities.

Click here to view ECA’s protocol on Acknowledgement of Country.

Acknowledgement of Country

Early Childhood Australia acknowledges the traditional owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to the Elders both past and present. Incorporating welcoming and acknowledgement protocols into official meetings and events recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and custodians of their land. It promotes an awareness of the past and ongoing connection to places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Explore a comprehensive list of resources and online information for Early Childhood Educators about supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educators, cultural awareness, events, celebrations, relationships with families, creating culturally welcoming spaces and more.

Reconciliation Story Time Collection

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is pleased to introduce the Reconciliation Story Time Collection—a selection of beautiful, engaging and thought-provoking picture books created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors and illustrators for young audiences.

The Spoke blog: Reconciliation resources

Resourceful blogs focus on key topics about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and histories.

Working Together to Ensure Equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children in the Early Years

This position paper draws from the discussion paper, Ensuring equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the early years, prepared by SNAICC – National Voice for our Children, and Early Childhood Australia. It highlights key issues that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and makes recommendations to government and policy-makers.

ECA Learning Hub Reconciliation Resources

ECA’s Learning Hub offers a series of professional learning opportunities and resources to further your understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives through a series of online learning modules:

The following learning modules have been designed to support early childhood practitioners in reflective practice by engaging with content developed by subject matter experts:

Learning on Country—what do ya know, Did ya know Country owns you?

Download the Always Be You eBook.

If you’re a participating Be You Learning Community and need further information about embracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being, knowing and doing, have a yarn with your Be You Consultant.

ECA Shop: Reconciliation Resources

Explore a comprehensive list of resources and online information for Early Childhood Educators about supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educators, cultural awareness, events, celebrations, relationships with families, creating culturally welcoming spaces and more.

Reconciliation Symposium

Attendees at the ECA Reconciliation Symposium will learn about a culture dating back more than 40 000 years, and facilitated table discussions will lead to an atmosphere of dialogue, understanding and engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants.

The ECA Reconciliation Symposium brings the matter of reconciliation in early childhood into the spotlight and works towards a better future for all Australians.

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Spend a minute newsletter

Early Childhood Australia’s Spend a Minute newsletters provide practical tips and advice on key areas of pedagogy. Distributed three times a month on a Monday, the newsletters are short, bite-size explorations of themes and ideas, with links to professional learning to expand your learning further.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Developed with extensive consultation and support from the community, the Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Stretch Reconciliation Action PlanEmbed, Enable and Strive functions as a platform of values and principles from which ECA as an organisation can help advance reconciliation in our communities, and provide leadership and support to the early childhood education and care professionals it represents. The ECA Board of Directors appointed the Reconciliation Advisory Group to continue and support the philosophy and implementation of ECA’s Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

ECA Reconciliation Facebook group

ECA has launched the ECA Reconciliation Champions Closed Facebook Group. This is a forum for early childhood professionals to share ideas and how your service is going about practical reconciliation. Relevant resources on reconciliation will also be regularly posted on the page to assist early childhood professionals improve their practice. We encourage you to post links to resources you are using.

Partnerships

SNAICC Resources

SNAICC is the national non-governmental peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. SNAICC work to fulfil the rights of our children, in particular, to ensure their safety, development and well-being.

Reconciliation Australia Resources

Reconciliation Australia is an independent not-for-profit organisation, the lead body for reconciliation in Australia. This organisation promotes and facilitates reconciliation by building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Narragunnawali: Schools and education

Narragunnawali supports schools and early learning services in Australia to develop environments that foster a high level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.