- The program offers an initial two-day workshop including community and educator engagement followed by mentoring, with a follow up workshop 3 to 6 months later to review developments and extend action areas
- Community centered workshops that provide practical tools and focus on holistic transition programs that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families on their journey
- For everyone involved in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families on their Journey to Big School
Beginning school is a key transition phase within early childhood. Children and their family’s first experiences with school have significant implications for educational and broader developmental outcomes. This is accentuated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, who often experience higher vulnerability and exclusion in early childhood.
The Journey to Big School is a community model, working with educators, primary schools, early childhood services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to support children’s school readiness and their effective transition to formal schooling. This project redresses the causes behind poor child readiness as a strategy to see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children attend and engage successfully with formal schooling at the point of entry, setting a course for continued engagement and positive educational outcomes.
The program will provide much more than a traditional training process through which specific skills and knowledge are transferred. It will also facilitate the development of local networks, relationships, leadership, and transition support plans, while imparting knowledge of evidence-based good practice approaches. SNAICC will work alongside community partners that are supported to take ownership and drive a sustainable local approach.
This workshop is designed for:
- Early childhood educators
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educators
- Community Members
- Families, parents and carers
- Child Care providers and workers
- Primary School teachers
- Language support workers and teachers
- Transition workers
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educational Support Workers
- Student welfare officers
- Speech therapists and related early childhood professionals
*No pre-requisites, however this workshop complements our A Place for Culture? training.
Contact SNAICC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9419 1921 to discuss how to host or connect to local training opportunities.