ABOUT KOORI CURRICULUM
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, early childhood teacher, TAFE NSW teacher and passionate educational community member, with ties to many advocacy groups on both national and international platforms.
Jessica and the team at Koori Curriculum continue to innovate and create new and diverse way to reach educators across Australia and the world, adding to the ever expanding suite of products and services including podcasts, educational resources, exclusive publications, yarning circles, in-services and planning days.
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.
"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