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We support early childhood educators, committees of management and early years management to improve education and care across long day care, family day care, kindergarten and occasional care in the community.

“Quality education and care early in life leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life. The early years are critical for establishing self-esteem, resilience, healthy growth and capacity to learn. Quality education and care shapes every child’s future and lays the foundation for development and learning.” ACECQA

Early years providers

Early Years Newsletter

Our monthly email provides events, professional development opportunities, news, and industry updates for early years professionals and providers.

Subscribe to the Boroondara Early Years Newsletter

Network Opportunities

Throughout the year, we run a number of networking opportunities for early years providers including:

  • Long Day Care Coordinator Network
  • 3-year-old kindergarten Network
  • 4-year-old kindergarten Network
  • Transition network for 3-year-old kindergarten and Maternal & Child Health
  • Transition network for 4-year-old kindergarten and Foundations teachers
  • Occasional Care Network
  • Central Enrolment Advisory Committee Network for Enrolment Officers

Capacity building for educators

We run regular capacity building opportunities for early childhood educators designed to support their work and professional development. We will also often recommend professional development opportunities with reputable external providers.

 

VCAA early years twilight webinars

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) will be offering a series of Twilight Webinars in Term 3 and 4, 2020, to support engagement with new VCAA early years resources. There is no cost to participate in these webinars and they are open to all professionals working with children birth to eight years, as well as students of early childhood education.

Visit VCAA website for more information

Early Years Conference

City of Boroondara hosts an annual Early Years Conference. The conference supports early years professionals to develop skills and build capacity by reflecting on their practice, finding inspiration from like-minded individuals and embracing innovation.

Due to COVID-19, we will bring you a series of speakers to you via video presentation.

On-demand webinars

Understanding Challenging Behaviour using a Developmental Profile - Andrea Boughton

As educators we often feel overwhelmed by a challenging behaviour and its impact in our setting.  We may feel as though our relationship with the child is damaged by an increasing number of confrontations.

In this one-hour training presentation we will explore:

  • How to identify the purpose of the behaviour from the child’s viewpoint
  • The use of a developmental profile to identify any skills the child may be missing which are impacting on their ability to choose the appropriate behaviour
  • The importance of collaboration and consistency 
  • The use of a positive behaviour support plan to define appropriate behaviour, teach the necessary skills, and reflect on our interactions and program

Spaces still available

There are only fifty places available to Boroondara educators for this training. Claim your place.

Click on ‘Buy for free’, and create a log in using your email address. Once logged in, you can access the training over and over again. Supporting documents and handouts are available for download and printing as required.

Contact [email protected] if you have any issues, and to request your certificate upon completion. 

About the presenter

Andrea is a qualified Early Childhood and Primary Teacher who has spent ten years working in Early Intervention, supporting families of children with developmental delays and disabilities. Early Childhood Outreach offers a range of training and coaching opportunities to build the capacity of educators to include children in their settings.

Advocate the Image of the Child - Nicole Talarico

Talarico Consulting is an Early Childhood Consultancy providing support to children's services with a focus on high quality practice and ongoing improvement planning.  

This online webinar will cover:
•    How to be responsive in your contextual environment
•    Children’s rights and curriculum: social, ethical, & political
•    Practice unique to the Australian context
•    Environmental education: essential environmental activism
•    Children with an active role in reconciliation
•    Ideas for documentation showcasing the thinking in our environments - critical to high quality practice

About the presenter

Nicole is passionate about individual educator’s wellbeing & is successful at enhancing team capacity and professionalism. Skilled at facilitating a safe space for robust conversations and diverse thinking, her energy is prized at network events, when presenting at seminars or leading group projects resulting in empowered educators & enriched work environments.

Committees of Management

A number of our stand-alone kindergartens are managed by committees of management. The role of a volunteer committee of management is to oversee the operations of the Education and Care service for families living, working and studying in our community, in line with regulatory requirements.

Free online training course

City of Boroondara has created a free online training course to help volunteers on committees of management effectively fulfil their role.

The course covers:

  • The laws that committee members uphold
  • Roles and responsibilities in place to keep children safe
  • Policies and procedures underpinning the way services operate
  • How legislation aims to improve responsiveness to allegations of child abuse
  • Important contacts you can turn to for assistance.

Committees of Management training course

ELAA resources for Committees of Management

Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) has a range of learning and development resources to support parents on Committees of Management:

Early Years Management

Some of our kindergartens in Boroondara are managed by Early Years Management organisations. Early Years Management organisations manage community kindergartens in place of a Committee of Management. Early Years Management organisations strengthen the management and delivery of programs, and provide expertise in employing and supporting the development of educators to deliver high quality early childhood education and care services.

Find out more about Early Years Management

Boroondara Child Safe Commitment

The City of Boroondara is committed to being a child-safe organisation, with zero tolerance for child abuse. We, along with a range of organisations, are working towards compliance with the Victorian Child Safe Standards. We all play an important role in protecting children, especially if we have concerns for a child's safety. We aim to create a culture of child safety that reduces the opportunity for harm and gives staff a clear process to follow when someone raises concerns about child safety or reports abuse. Our Child Safe Statement of Commitment applies to all employees, City of Boroondara volunteers, work experience students, relevant contractors and Councillors.

Contact us 

For further information contact us on 9278 4014 or [email protected].

You can also sign up to our Early Years newsletter to receive email updates for early childhood education and care services.

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