Jessica is unwaveringly passionate about reconciliation, sharing her knowledge and creating culturally safe services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. It is this passion and dedication that seen her cofound The Aboriginal Early Childhood Collective, a collaborative business now largely celebrated throughout the sector for the ground-breaking Aboriginal Early Childhood Practice Guide and Aboriginal Early Childhood Planning Guide, as well as the annual Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference.
Additionally, 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.
"Koori Curriculum is my 'go to' resource for connecting the little one with her culture, be it through books and toys purchased via the website or tips on connecting with the community thanks to Jess's updates on Facebook."
"I recently purchased from Koori Curriculum. I chose this company because we were in need of some Indigenous inspired books that were also child friendly which we could link to children’s development. I found working with Koori Curriculum to be an enjoyable experience as they assisted me with many ideas I wanted to achieve. This is a great company which provide many amazing resources and I would definitely purchase more products soon.”
"Living in the Central West of NSW on beautiful Wiradjuri country can sometimes present issues with accessing high quality professional development. Jessica Staines from the Kooricurriculum has developed and provided amazing, down to earth, inclusive opportunities online. Using these resources, I have developed my understandings of how to embed aboriginal culture into the everyday practice of our centre with the team of educators. Individual, small group or even whole team training can be organised. The opportunities provided by Jess have also enabled me to participate in an online yarning circle to discover and share ideas of inclusive and progressive practice alongside other early childhood educators from around Australia. This really has been a new way of learning and sharing for me but has been the key to opening many doors!"
Yarrawong Preschool and Early Education Centre