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The Koori Curriculum is an Aboriginal early childhood consultancy based in Sydney’s inner west. Consultants at the Koori Curriculum facilitate a range of professional development workshops for educators that help guide the inclusion of Aboriginal perspectives in early childhood curriculums.

The Koori Curriculum is operated by Jessica Staines a Wiradjuri woman who is also an early childhood teacher. Jessica has worked in early childhood for over ten years in both urban and rural services. Whilst working in early childhood Jessica naturally found herself supporting educators to become more culturally aware and feel confident in embedding Aboriginal perspectives in their program.

Jessica is passionate about reconciliation, sharing her culture and creating culturally safe services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. The Koori Curriculum has been a vehicle that has allowed her to support more services on their journey. As well as running the Koori Curriculum Jessica has a Certificate four in Training and Assessment and enjoys teaching Child Studies for various training providers including TAFE NSW.

In 2016 Jessica was sponsored by Educational Experience to participate in the Global Leaders for Young Children Program which is part of the World Forum Foundation. Since then Jessica has become the World Forum Foundations National Representative for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children.

Jessica is also a current member of the Inner West Councils Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group, a board member of the Social Justice in Early Childhood Group and the Boolarng Program Ambassador for Educational Experience.

Blog posts

Play School Acknowledgement of Country Episode

Play School Acknowledgement of Country Episode
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Over the past year Jessica Staines, Director of the Koori Curriculum has been working as Play Schools Aboriginal Early Childhood Consultant to develop the shows first ever acknowledgement of country...

The Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference 2019

The Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference 2019
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June 2019 saw the second Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference come to fruition. Educators travelled from every corner of Australia to gather together for two awe inspiring days of unlearning and relearning. Delegates listened to and yarned with elders, children, artists, social justice warriors and educators alike who shared a multitude of skills, strategies and experiences.

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