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    “Our Stories” Leading Excellent Practice in Sustainability

    AUD$220.00 inc. GST
    What’s it about?
    Want to know more about SUSTAINABILITY?

    Join us to hear from educators in the field about embedding sustainability in early childhood education practice. A group of educators from Family Day Care and Long Day Care services will share their experiences of engaging in an action research project about sustainability throughout 2014.

    In line with a broad understanding of sustainability, their projects address environmental, cultural and social areas of concern. Hear from the educators about their experiences of action research and how they addressed sustainability outcomes from the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standard in their work with children, parents and community.

     

    Specific Learning Outcomes

    QA3: Physical Environment


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    ‘Coaching and Mentoring in Early Childhood Education and Care Services’ and ‘Communication & Conflict Management’ (Gold Coast) 7-PART SERIES

    AUD$1,870.00 inc. GST
    Great news long day care!  The Australian Government heard your concerns about paying full fees for professional development ahead of receiving your Long Day Care Professional Development Program funds. They’ve issued a reprieve!  We’ve been asked to continue offering you subsidised professional development and support until your funding comes through. Register now for subsidised professional development. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

     

    This is a 5 face to face sessions and 2 webinars.

     

    What’s it about?

    Do you sometimes struggle to find new ways to encourage and motivate your Educators?
    Are you keen to build the capability of your educators to have professional learning conversations and change their practices to benefit children?
    How can you effectively coach and mentor your Educators when there is conflict and tension between staff?
    What are the best practices to engage staff and families in owning the vision and philosophy of the service?

    Develop your educators, apply your leadership skills and try out new strategies to in your service!

    This program combines both of the first two to support application of learning back in your service. As a comprehensive program (five whole days, and two webinars) with a focus on effective workplace communication and providing mentoring support for educators, this program requires attendance at all learning activities.

    Participants will cover all the content above and in addition, will be involved in designing and developing strategies to implement in their workplace and be supported as they implement the strategies.

    This ongoing learning and development opportunity will be perfect for anyone in a leadership role in all services including family day care, outside school hours care, long day care, Kindergartens, limited hours care, occasional care and eligible budget based services including the nominated supervisor and/or educational leader.

    Specific Learning Outcomes

    QA7-Leadership and Service Management

    PS7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the Community

    At the end of the series, participants will have Diploma level skills in:

    • Developing and implementing effective communication styles and strategies to suit your workplace
    • Facilitating team discussions
    • Facilitating effective work group interaction
    • Negotiation techniques
    • Using communication techniques to assist in resolving conflict
    • Producing quality written materials and conducting interviews and formal discussions
    •  Leading with integrity and leading learning communities
    • Critical analysis of situations and understanding accountability
    • Engaging educators and working within the vision and philosophy of the service
    • Strategies of mentoring and coaching
    • Reflecting and critiquing practice

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    ‘Communication & Conflict Management’ (Gold Coast) 4-PART SERIES

    AUD$1,100.00 inc. GST
    Great news long day care!  The Australian Government heard your concerns about paying full fees for professional development ahead of receiving your Long Day Care Professional Development Program funds. They’ve issued a reprieve!  We’ve been asked to continue offering you subsidised professional development and support until your funding comes through. Register now for subsidised professional development. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

     

    What’s it about?

    Do you sometimes struggle to find new ways to encourage and motivate your Educators?
    Are you keen to build the capability of your educators to have professional learning conversations and change their practices to benefit children?
    How can you effectively coach and mentor your Educators when there is conflict and tension between staff?
    What are the best practices to engage staff and families in owning the vision and philosophy of the service?

    Develop your educators, apply your leadership skills and try out new strategies to in your service!

    A smaller program focusing on effective workplace communication (three days and one webinar)

    Specific Learning Outcomes

    QA7-Leadership and Service Management

    PS7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the Community

    • Developing and implementing effective communication styles and strategies to suit your workplace
    • Facilitating team discussions
    • Facilitating effective work group interaction
    • Negotiation techniques
    • Using communication techniques to assist in resolving conflict

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    2 Day Introduction to Mentoring for Early Education and Care and School Aged Care Services – Sunshine Coast

    AUD$660.00 inc. GST
    What’s it about?

    The national Quality Standards, Standard 7.1  states that Effective leadership promotes a positive organisational culture and builds a professional learning community.

    This workshop will take anyone in a leadership role through learning activities to develop leadership skills that focus on:

    • Strategies for mentoring and coaching

    • Leading with integrity and leading learning communities

    Specific Learning Outcomes

    QA7 – Leadership and Service Management
    PS7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the Community

    As a participants in this program you will gain advanced skills in:

    • Implementing effective communication
    • Identifying scope and boundaries of the mentoring relationship
    • Supporting the person being mentored to develop and use skills in problem solving and decision making
    • Using techniques for resolving differences without damaging the relationship

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    A Healthy End to 2015 – Using an Appreciative Inquiry model to generate a creative and healthy end to 2015 and set up your team and your service for a great 2016!

    AUD$330.00 inc. GST
    What’s it about

    Appreciative Inquiry is a strategy for intentional change that identifies the best of ‘what is’ to the pursue dreams and possibilities of ‘what could be’. A cooperative search for strengths, passions and life-giving forces that are found within every system and that hold potential for inspired, positive change.  (Cooperrider & Srivastva, 1987)

    This one day workshop will utilise an Appreciative Inquiry framework to explore ways to celebrate and wrap up the 2015 calendar year with your teams and service in order to promote healthy endings and set the foundations for a positive new year.

    Appreciative Inquiry uses the 4D model of Discover, Dream, Design and Deliver to begin a shift in thinking from what’s wrong to what’s right.    The basic idea is to build an organisation around what works, rather than trying to fix what doesn’t.

    This workshop is suitable for all those working in the health and community services sector at any level as participants will be able to focus their reflections on either organisational leadership or their work with colleagues, children and families depending on their role.

    Appreciative Inquiry is useful when a different perspective is needed, or when we begin a new process from a fresh, positive vantage point.  It can help move a group stuck in ‘what is’ toward ‘what could be’.

     

    Appreciative Inquiry can be used with individuals, partners, small groups or large organisations.

     

    Specific Learning Outcomes

    Gain understanding of the theory of appreciative inquiry including the 4D model of Discover, Dream, Design and Deliver

    Gain understanding of how to apply appreciative inquiry in multiple contexts

    Have opportunity to practice using AI to support embedding learning into practice

     

    Presenter Biography
    Jan Ungerer

    Jan has a wealth of experience in the human services area, having worked across a range of community, educational and business contexts and in a variety of roles. Including, Early Childhood Teacher, Senior Project Officer for National Disability Services, Learning & Development Coordinator, presenter & freelance facilitator, and workplace trainer.

    Jan’s practice is informed by the frameworks of Appreciative Inquiry and dialogue based methodologies.  Jan is an apprenticing steward connected with the Art of Hosting worldwide network of practitioners having been involved over the past 5 years in co-designing, delivering and participating in seven participatory leadership training events to over 600 health and community services workers

    Beth Dwine

    Beth has over 15 years’ experience in the government, not-for-profit and private domains of the Human Service Sector as a qualified Social Worker, specialising in team development and leadership.  In her current role as a Consultant with the Workforce Council, Beth brings her experiences in practitioner development, ethical practice in action, dealing with team complexity and strategic planning for high performance.  Beth is a current Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers and her practice is informed by  Strengths-based perspective focused on generating healthy and sustainable change at the individual, organisational and sector level.

     


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    A New Way of Working together – Early childhood Education and Care Forum – Gold Coast

    Free!

    AT THE WORKFORCE COUNCIL WE HAVE A CLEAR VISION FOR SUPPORTING THE WORKFORCE IN CHILDREN’S SERVICES ORGANISATIONS RIGHT ACROSS QUEENSLAND

    We assist services to remain skilled and professionally equipped, locally connected and valued by their communities. We are committed to support services through workforce planning and professional development, advice and support, research and representation and fostering inclusion.

    Come along to our FORUM to:

    • Have your say in the design of our Professional Development Calendar for 2015
    • Be clear about how Workforce Council can provide you with professional development and support
    • Learn about the Professional Learning Tool designed to assist your service in planning for management of Early Years Quality Funds
    • Be introduced to the Deadly Cards that you can use to facilitate conversations.

    You can also have a say in the Queensland Government’s Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce Action Plan Review consultation.


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    A New Way of Working together – Early childhood Education and Care Forum – Rockhampton

    Free!

    AT THE WORKFORCE COUNCIL WE HAVE A CLEAR VISION FOR SUPPORTING THE WORKFORCE IN CHILDREN’S SERVICES ORGANISATIONS RIGHT ACROSS QUEENSLAND

    We assist services to remain skilled and professionally equipped, locally connected and valued by their communities. We are committed to support services through workforce planning and professional development, advice and support, research and representation and fostering inclusion.

    Come along to our FORUM to:

    • Have your say in the design of our Professional Development Calendar for 2015
    • Be clear about how Workforce Council can provide you with professional development and support
    • Learn about the Professional Learning Tool designed to assist your service in planning for management of Early Years Quality Funds
    • Be introduced to the Deadly Cards that you can use to facilitate conversations.

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    A New Way of Working together – Early childhood Education and Care Forum – Townsville

    Free!

    AT THE WORKFORCE COUNCIL WE HAVE A CLEAR VISION FOR SUPPORTING THE WORKFORCE IN CHILDREN’S SERVICES ORGANISATIONS RIGHT ACROSS QUEENSLAND

    We assist services to remain skilled and professionally equipped, locally connected and valued by their communities. We are committed to support services through workforce planning and professional development, advice and support, research and representation and fostering inclusion.

    Come along to our FORUM to:

    • Have your say in the design of our Professional Development Calendar for 2015
    • Be clear about how Workforce Council can provide you with professional development and support
    • Learn about the Professional Learning Tool designed to assist your service in planning for management of Early Years Quality Funds
    • Be introduced to the Deadly Cards that you can use to facilitate conversations.

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    A Reflective Bus About – Toowoomba

    AUD$330.00 inc. GST
    What’s it about?

    The Reflective Bus About will provide the opportunity to engage with other children’s services professionals to explore a variety of high quality children’s services environments. There will be opportunity for networking and sharing experiences of quality practice as we visit a number of centres, each sharing their own unique attributes and qualities on offer.
    Participants will have the opportunity to view environments, talk with educators about practice and community and gain valuable insights for use in their own settings.
    Facilitated conversations throughout the day will encourage participants to critically reflect on what they see, challenge assumptions and imagine new ways of working.  These will also explore reflections from the day and support embedding new skills or new ways of working.

     

     

    ITINERARY
    • 9:00am SHARP:  Tour commences at Maridahdi Early Childhood Community – 3-7 Bowtell Street, Toowoomba

    ‘Maridahdi’ was previously known as ‘The Range Kindy’ or ‘The East Toowoomba Kindergarten and Preschool’. It was established by the Jaycees as a community kindergarten affiliated with C&K in 1976.

    The introduction of Prep in 2006 was the protagonist for Maridahdi becoming an Independent School. Parents were fearful of the advancing pressure and increased expectations placed on children. Concerns were voiced about a significant shift away from ‘the child’, with ‘adult agendas’ dominating most early childhood spaces and places.

    2015 represents Maridahdi’s 10th year operating as a school. Enrolments are at capacity, with 75 children ranging in age from 3 years though to 11 years.

    The Maridahdi philosophy is about questioning taken for granted assumptions; about what ‘learning’ is and ‘what it looks like’.    

     

    • 10:00am (approx.):  Passengers board bus for next stop at C & K Mirambeena Children’s Centre – 30 Baker Street, Darling Heights

    Mirambeena is a community based not for profit centre catering for children from 3 months until school age. We have a 12 member management committee comprised of parents who have children currently attending. We are also affiliated with C&K.

    We have 4 rooms, 1 for up to 2 years of age, another from 2 to 3, and 2 kindergarten rooms catering for children from 3 to 5. Both of these rooms have Early childhood teachers employed. Many of our experienced educators have been at Mirambeena for long periods so we are fortunate to have a stable cohort. A total of 20 permanent staff are employed and this year we have employed an additional 12 school based trainees undertaking their Cert 3 in Children’s Services.

    We are situated on the grounds of the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) however we do take children from outside the Uni community. Because many of our families are students attending there we find we are very multicultural. In fact even our staff are very culturally diverse. This makes for a very engaging and inclusive setting, one we foster as much as we can. Respecting and learning about each other’s cultural background and beliefs is a big part of what makes Mirambeena so special. Being involved in functions at the Uni such as Harmony and Reconciliation Week provide opportunities to further extend the children’s learning whilst engaging in cultural experiences. Parental and family involvement is an important part of our setting, with encouraging the learning of languages, songs, ways of life and furthering everyone’s understanding of other cultures.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Mirambeena.

     

    • 11:45am (approx.):  Passengers picked up from C & K Mirambeena Children’s Centre and head to Lunch at Burke and Wills Hotel – 554 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba
    • 1.00pm (approx.):  Passengers head to next stop, Wilsonton Outside School Hours Care – 429 Bridge Street, Toowoomba.  Included at this stop will be a visit to Gullivers Travels Mobile Kindy.

    WASA has been of service to the Wilsonton State School for over 17 years.

    The service has experienced fluctuations in their growth and development during this time and navigated change with seemingly smooth transitions.

    Most recently the service has experienced its most significant change. With the introduction of a whole new team of educators and leadership.

    Over the up coming 2 years WASA has embraced and implemented the My Time Our Place school age framework and listened to the voices of children and families to create a rich and meaningful play and leisure space for all stakeholders.

    In our commitment to excellence in the education and care for children we work as a team to unpack the National Quality Standards and develop the Quality Improvement Plan.

    At times we too feel the pressure and trials and tribulations of working in this sector but it is the rewards and recognition we feel from the children and their families that motivate us to keep moving towards our goals.

    We welcome you to WASA to share our story and value feedback and input to strengthen our reflective processes during our learning journey. We believe the integral component to success is teamwork and connectedness.

     

    • 3:30pm (approx.): Return to Maridahdi Early Childhood Community where tour concludes

     

    Specific Learning Outcomes

    QA1 – Educational Program and Practice
    PS2: Know the content and how to teach it
    PS3: Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
    PS4: Create and maintain supportive and safe learning

    • Learn new skills in reflection and reflective practice
    • Build stronger networks and new relationships
    • Investigate and ask questions about how services implement and deliver quality services in your region

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    Aspergers – Thinking Differently – Brisbane

    AUD$330.00 inc. GST
    What’s it about?

    This one day event will assist educators within childhood (0-5 years) and primary school aged care settings to better understand the uniqueness of individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and how they can work together through innovation, inclusive teaching, respect and entering into the world of AS to achieve better outcomes.

    The presenter will draw upon her considerable clinical experience from working in the field of AS to share ideas and strategies on engaging the child with AS, strengthening their self-esteem and identity and managing the physical environment in multiple settings (free flowing, semi structured and structured educational and care settings).

    Discussions will reflect on educators’ existing practices and how these can be extended upon to create a holistic and inclusive environment. These will consider uniqueness, emotional needs, development and health and safety of all children whilst strengthening the child’s identity, confidence with learning, sense of wellbeing, communication and connections with their family, culture and community.

    The session will be interactive with opportunity for group discussion and activities to ensure learning is applied.

    Specific Learning Outcomes

    QA5 – Relationships with Children
    PS1 – Know students and how they learn

    PS4 – Create and maintain supportive and safe learning

    • ŸTo better understand the profile of Asperger’s Syndrome and gain an awareness of various strategies that may assist educators in working with children with Asperger’s Syndrome
    • For educators to feel more confident and competent in being able to better manage the differing needs of individual children with Asperger’s Syndrome
    • To gain an awareness of other disability service professionals from the local community that may be able to provide further support as well as further resources that may be of assistance

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    Atmosphere: Creating new spaces – Townsville

    AUD$330.00 inc. GST
    Early Bird prices apply to this event. See registration Form for details.

    Atmosphere – Looking for New Spaces

    Townsville Conference 2016

     How do we create an atmosphere that actively engage and inspire children’s learning?

     

    Join us for a day of stimulating learning and discussions from the likes of Marc Armitage, Caroline Fewster and Sue Elliott.

    Our keynote delivery by Internationally acclaimed Playwork specialist, Marc Armitage will be followed by informal con-current yarning circles on designing environments, sustainability and understanding the importance of play.  A Question and Answer session will round off the day.

    Learn about:

    • The importance of play and challenge your assumptions about play spaces
    • Designing and creating environments that engage and inspire children’s social learning and behaviour
    • Discover a range of age-appropriate play and learning resources made from unexpected materials
    • Ideas for bringing the outside in!
    • Consider how your practice and workplace philosophy fits into ethos of sustainability
    • Examples of play promoting imagination using natural resources
    • Understand about the play cycle and why some of the things we provide for children work and others clearly don’t

     

    We can offer support to allow you to participate in this event if it is outside your local area to be exposed to learning opportunities and to network with other professionals.

    Applications for conference participation support are invited from OSHC, FDC, In-Home Care, Budget Based Services and State Funded Kindergarten services. – See more by clicking this link at: ../apply-for-learning-through-sharing/

     

    Early Bird prices apply to this event. See registration Form for details.

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    Attraction Strategies – How to Make Your Organisation More Attractive to Potential Employees – Brisbane

    AUD$165.00 inc. GST
    What’s it about

    This workshop will explore how to develop and implement key attraction strategies for your organisation. It will explore new ways of attracting people and offer an opportunity to develop strategies that best suit your organisation.

    Specific Learning Outcomes
    • Exploring a range of Attraction Strategies suitable for your organisation
    • Using your organisation’s strengths to support Attraction
    • Understanding how to engage with potential employers