Koori Curriculum in person events allow you to connect, learn and develop pedagogical practises with other educators




Your Facilitator

Jessica Staines is an early childhood educator, professional speaker, author, advocate and advisor.

As the founder and director of Koori Curriculum, Jessica is committed to helping educators embed Aboriginal perspectives into early childhood education.

She has played many significant roles nationally and internationally in building cultural understanding, reconciliation and harmony, including as an Indigenous advisor to ABC’s Playschool.

Her work has been published in industry journals, and she has previously been a part of the AIATSIS Education Advisory Committee and HIPPY Reference group, contributing to the development of resources and programs that support Aboriginal children and families in the early years.

Jessica’s family are Wiradjuri and have lived off Country on Gadigal and Wangal land for four generations. Her family originally came from Cowra, Molong, Parkes and Wellington, but due to displacement, they were disconnected from their family and communities.

Today, Jessica lives on Darkinjung Country with her husband and two children on a peaceful bush block, and is proud to identify as a Wiradjuri woman, with connections to her local Darkinjung community.

Who Should Attend Koori Curriculum Events?

Primary School Teachers

Early Childhood Educators

Family Day Care Educators

OOSHC Educators

What people are saying about Koori Curriculum Events

So Many Valuable Ideas

“Honestly there were so many valuable ideas shared by Jessica that I'm very keen to implement in my service. I'm going to look back over my notes with my team to see how we can implement some of these ideas.”

Lamisse Kazzi

How to Program Culturally and Appropriately for Children

“I really appreciate having been given a resource audit as this is something that is easy to implement and helpful to identify gaps within children’s spaces.

I also really liked insight into how to program culturally and appropriately for children in an individual way, as well as an achievable way. All of the suggestions are something that can be easily implemented in a big service that I’m in, with ease and no feelings of overwhelming.

Which means a great outcome for the children, families and educators in the service. Thank you!”

Emily Claringbold

It was an Amazing Workshop

“It was an amazing workshop. The biggest thing that stood out to me was integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources that were authentic to the community and naturally included within experiences, rather than having implementation be a “theme” e.g. NAIDOC week etc.

I also loved the comment about anaphylaxis question on an intake form with a clear picture of next steps, whereas ticking a box off for background and culture didn’t have clear explanation as to why info was being gathered.”

Elizabeth Saa

Engaging Strategies & Ideas

“Definitely going to use the strategies to learn more to develop my confidence in embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachings in the learning environment and culture authentically.

I also learned how and when to ask questions and to be sure to do it respectfully and be mindful that everyone is an individual person.”

Claudia The

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