About the Program

A Place for Culture offers a blended learning model for a variety of non-Indigenous early childhood education and care services, such as childcare centres, playgroups and preschools, with a focus on assisting families in providing a good start in life for their children through improved early childhood development, care, education and school readiness.

Participants complete a preliminary online learning course that establishes a context or understanding of the effects of colonisation and the resulting intergenerational trauma experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This is followed by in-person group learning to integrate culturally safe practices into Early Childhood Education and Care services. (Cultural competency improvement plans will be developed in person at workshops).

The A Place for Culture course is designed to build the capability of everyone to work together in ways that respond to many different cultures and, in particular, to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The course is a first step for continuing efforts that equip you with the ability to engage with intercultural spaces and issues at a personal, organisational and professional level.

More information on A Place for Culture

A Place for Culture provides a cultural competency framework training package for non-Indigenous educators in early childhood education and care services, which supports the improvement of service access and service quality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

A Place for Culture has been developed to take non-Indigenous educators on a journey through our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and context, to give a deeper understanding and support their current culturally inclusive practice approach throughout their services. With the support and guidance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early years educators, elders, community members and academics, SNAICC has brought the two worlds together.

The package aims to ensure educators meet the National Quality Standards (NQS) and build a genuine understanding, respect and relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, communities, children and families. The workshops are not intended to provide a detailed ‘how to’ guide to implement the Early Years Learning Framework but instead to promote conversations, genuine understanding and ideas on effective approaches and strategies.

This training package is designed to build specific skills and knowledge transfer over an extended period of up to twelve months. This involves an initial two-day workshop and the identification of clear action steps and processes followed by mentoring and advice for five to eight months. The training will facilitate the development of local networks, relationships and leadership and support culturally inclusive practice while imparting knowledge of evidence-based good practice approaches.

A second workshop is then provided to extend and develop the range of activities and strategies available to the staff and services involved. SNAICC will work wherever possible alongside local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early years educators, elders and community members, to build connections and capacity of non-Indigenous educators.

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