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    Our Visit to Albury December 2018

    Our Visit to Albury December 2018
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    This week we were honoured to be invited to the Albury City Council Children's Services annual professional development day. As work has begun to wind up for us at this...

    Gift Giving Drive 2018

    Gift Giving Drive 2018
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    Every year the Koori Curriculum in collaboration with Paddington Children's Centre and Petersham TAFE Child Studies coordinate an annual Gift Giving Drive.  Photo Above: Educators from Paddington Children's Centre and...

    Dadirri and what it means to be a custodian of the land

    Dadirri and what it means to be a custodian of the land
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    Recently Miss Angie, an educator at Explore & Develop Penrith South went on a dream holiday to the Daintree Rainforest. Whilst she was away she kept in touch with the children in the preschool room by posting a daily diary on Kinderloop. 

    The children created a visual learning map where they tracked Miss Angies travels and learnt vicariously through her holiday experiences.

    Native Plant Fact Sheet

    Native Plant Fact Sheet
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    A native plant fact sheet written by early childhood educators for early childhood educators.

    Save Globe Wilkins!

    Save Globe Wilkins!
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      Globe Wilkins Preschool in inner west Marrickville is a fantastic example of a preschool that truly values and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. Its commitment...

    Celebrating NAIDOC Week at Paddington Children's Centre: The Sun Room (4-5years)

    Celebrating NAIDOC Week at Paddington Children's Centre: The Sun Room (4-5years)
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    NAIDOC week was fast approaching and for the educators it wasn’t  an overwhelming thought about what “stereotypical” experiences we would be setting up just for the week. We have been...

    How Explore & Develop Narraweena Celebrated NAIDOC 2018

    How Explore & Develop Narraweena Celebrated NAIDOC 2018
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    Recognising Indigenous Australians is embedded in the E&D Narraweena service through its physical environment, philosophy and learning program.

    "Because of her....we can!" NAIDOC 2018 at Explore & Develop Annandale

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    At Explore and Develop Annandale, we ensure Indigenous perspectives in curriculum is an important part of what we do each day. This year’s NAIDOC theme,  ‘Because of her we can’...

    Kelly's Place Celebrate NAIDOC

    Kelly's Place Celebrate NAIDOC
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    Each morning the Kelly’s place community raise the aboriginal flag and sing an acknowledgement of country. This ritual, observed by all groups, has created a close relationship with the Aboriginal...

    A Wiradjuri Story - Addressing Boundaries to Early Learning Education

    A Wiradjuri Story - Addressing Boundaries to Early Learning Education
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    Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have a mistrust towards mainstream institutions such as schools. This mistrust can be a result of intergenerational trauma. It is imperative for educators to build relationships with other stakeholders in their community to create holistic care for children and families and address barriers that some may experiences to access early learning services. 

    Celebrating NAIDOC Week at Explore & Develop Lilyfield

    Celebrating NAIDOC Week at Explore & Develop Lilyfield
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    Bujari gamarruwa ‘good day’    Explore & Develop Lilyfield strive to embed First Nation perspectives into our curriculum. As NAIDOC is a week that celebrates history, culture and the achievements...

    NAIDOC 2018 at Explore & Develop Penrith South

    NAIDOC 2018 at Explore & Develop Penrith South
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    ‘Because of her, we can’, is a phrase that has been spoken about with my 3-4 year old Bumblebee’s at Explore and Develop Penrith South. For the last few weeks...

    Koori Curriculum visits Explore & Develop Narraweena

    Koori Curriculum visits Explore & Develop Narraweena
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    Nestled in the quiet streets of Sydneys Northern Beaches lies one of Early Childhoods best kept secrets, Explore & Develop Narraweena. The Koori Curriculum arrived to deliver an inservice on...

    And the Narragunnawali Award winner is……

    And the Narragunnawali Award winner is……
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    Congratulations Explore & Develop Penrith South for winning Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali award! It’s been a privilege to work with you this last year. To find out more about this amazing...

    Koori Curriculum Christmas Drive 2017

    Koori Curriculum Christmas Drive 2017
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    Photo above: Jessica Staines Director of the Koori Curriculum, Tracey Duroux Community Programs Aboriginal Medical Service and Natalie Cordukes Director of Uniting Paddington Children’s Centre.  This year the Koori Curriculum...

    Concord West Rhodes Pre-School

    Concord West Rhodes Pre-School
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    Last week the Koori Curriculum Educators  Yarning Circle visited Concord West Rhodes Preschool. During our visit we had the opportunity to explore the services two preschool rooms and their spacious...

    The Anti Bias Award

    The Anti Bias Award
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    The Anti-Bias Approach in Early Childhood (3rd Ed) edited by Dr Red Ruby Scarlet has been integral to both quality and equality in early childhood. Since its initial publication in...

    Celebrating NAIDOC at SDN Surry Hills

    Celebrating NAIDOC at SDN Surry Hills
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    During NAIDOC week, the children at Surry Hills engaged in a number of experiences to support their knowledge of Australia Indigenous history, culture and language. The week started with an...

    Tiggers Honeypot NAIDOC Celebrations – Madeleine Masters

    Tiggers Honeypot NAIDOC Celebrations – Madeleine Masters
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    Tigger’s Honeypot (one of the four Early Years services at the University of New South Wales) sits on the land of the Bidjigal people. Every day we strive to embed...

    Explore & Develop Penrith South NAIDOC – Thursday

    Explore & Develop Penrith South NAIDOC – Thursday
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    Today one of Explore & Develops friends Uncle Perry came to visit the Grasshopper children. Uncle Perry is a an Aboriginal artist, dancer and knowledge holder and regularly visits our pre schoolers throughout the year....

    Victoria NAIDOC March

    Victoria NAIDOC March
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    Rhiannon Jackson is an early childhood educator in Victoria who has kindly shared her experience at a local NAIDOC March in Victoria with the Koori Curriculum and our followers. Thanks...

    Explore & Develop Penrith South NAIDOC Week – Wednesday

    Explore & Develop Penrith South NAIDOC Week – Wednesday
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    The time had come to begin the construction of our Humpie (Gunyah). Excitement filled the air in the Grasshopper room and the faces of our children were that of sheer...

    Challenging Our Own Bias

    Challenging Our Own Bias
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    Last month I had the privilege of facilitating a panel at the annual Explore & Develop conference on Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives in Early Childhood Curriculums. Our panellist spoke to a...

    NAIDOC Week at Explore & Develop Penrith South – Monday

    NAIDOC Week at Explore & Develop Penrith South – Monday
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    Caitlin and Emily are two of the amazing educators at Explore & Develop Penrith South who are generously sharing their curriculum with us throughout NAIDOC week to showcase how they embed Aboriginal...

    Explore & Develop Penrith South NAIDOC Week Tuesday

    Explore & Develop Penrith South NAIDOC Week Tuesday
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    NAIDOC Week Tuesday It’s no secret that our Grasshopper children are very creative and love expressing their imaginations in different and innovative ways, such as dramatic play and storytelling. As...

    Exploring Local Aboriginal Art – with the youngest members of CityWest!

    Exploring Local Aboriginal Art – with the youngest members of CityWest!
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    CityWest Childcare Centre is a boutique early learning centre in the heart of Pyrmont. This year the educators have begun researching how to embed Aboriginal perspectives in their program on...

    Let’s talk about pasta flags, stencil boomerangs and all that falls in between.

    Let’s talk about pasta flags, stencil boomerangs and all that falls in between.
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    Is it really better to do something than to do nothing at all? Absolutely, but only if you know why it is that you’re doing that something in the first...

    NAIDOC

    NAIDOC
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    I recently wrote this mini blog piece for Educational Experience: Recognising Aboriginal significant dates in early learning curriculums is one way we can teach children respect for Aboriginal culture and...

    Explore & Develop Annandale yarn about Reconciliation Week

    Explore & Develop Annandale yarn about Reconciliation Week
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    At Explore & Develop Annandale we believe in embedding the principles of equality, respect and kindness throughout all our programs. This year in the lead up to Reconciliation Week we...

    Reconciliation Week at Explore & Develop Lilyfield

    Reconciliation Week at Explore & Develop Lilyfield
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    At Explore & Develop Lilyfield, reconciliation means recognising, respecting, learning about and celebrating our Indigenous communities’ culture as part of our daily curriculum and we work hard to ensure that...

    How Concord West Rhodes Preschool acknowledged Reconciliation Week 2017

    How Concord West Rhodes Preschool acknowledged Reconciliation Week 2017
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      Indigenous perspectives are embedded into our daily practices at Concord West Rhodes Preschool as meaningful, holistic, child directed experiences. Reconciliation week this year was an opportunity to look beyond...

    Being an Aboriginal person in Australia

    Being an Aboriginal person in Australia
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    This is a video of Jackie and I at the ARNEC Conference in Cambodia Yarning with Bonnie and Roger from the World Forum Foundation about being an Aboriginal person in Australia. Click...

    Reconciliation Week 2017

    Reconciliation Week 2017
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    Reconciliation Week at CityWest Children's Centre in Pyrmont began with a Sea of Hands art installation that was made collaboratively with the children, educators, families and local community. The Sea...

    Power Play

    Power Play
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    Power play is something that emerges universally in preschoolers where themes of good verses’ evil and sometimes aggression begin to appear. The preschool group that I taught last year were no different,...

    Developing Interests: Fire

    Developing Interests: Fire
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    At the beginning of the year one of our parents asked if we could organize an incursion from the local fire department as her son was “obsessed” with fire trucks. ...

    Reflecting on good intentions

    Reflecting on good intentions
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    When I first began working in early childhood in 2007 I was eighteen years old and working towards my qualification at TAFE. Being eighteen I was establishing my identity both...

    The dual meaning of the 26th of January. Australia Day and Invasion Day is there room for both?

    The dual meaning of the 26th of January. Australia Day and Invasion Day is there room for both?
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    As 26th of January quickly approaches there is a flutter on many early childhood forums discussing Australia Day experiences and activities to do with children. However, I really want to know...

    Developing Interests: Charlotte’s Eggs

    Developing Interests: Charlotte’s Eggs
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    This year I am the Early Childhood Teacher in the “Possums Room” at Explore and Develop Lilyfield. I work with the two to three year old age group and as...

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