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2020 Boroondara Early Years Conference

The Boroondara Early Years Conference is an annual event that provides professional development opportunities to early years’ professionals. The conference assists early year’s professionals to develop skills and build capacity by reflecting on their practice, finding inspiration from likeminded individuals and embracing innovation.

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

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.

Live webinars

Keynote speaker: Supporting children and parents in a time of COVID-19 - Dr Frank Oberklaid AM 

These are challenging times for all families. There is a lot going on for parents and for children. Inevitably there is a disruption of regular family routines – home learning for school age children, parents working from home, not being able to see grandparents and friends, being locked out of playgrounds and sporting facilities.  

The inevitable disruption of routines that children have become used to causes stress and distress for many children and their parents. Some children seem to adapt easily, and quickly settle into the new normal. Others struggle with these changes, and exhibit a range of behaviours that signify that they are not coping. 

Early childhood professionals can play an important role in helping young children cope with these challenges and support parents. In this presentation, we will draw out some of the behaviours in young children that point to stress and anxiety, and suggest some strategies for intervention.

Watch the live webinar at 7pm on Wednesday 19 August 2020.

Please note: This presentation will also be recorded and made available here if you can’t watch live at this time. Please contact [email protected] for a recording of the event.

Professionalism, challenges and virtual learning - the new paradigm for Early Childhood Practitioners

This session will cover the challenges and supportive issues around remote learning with our children, and how we support families during these challenging times.

We acknowledge every environment has individual needs and specific requirements. This session will discuss strategies and ideas for our own wellbeing and the importance of looking after ourselves. It will also cover how we support children and encourage their engagement in their own learning, whilst maintaining a positive and happy child.

We will:

  • Review current stressors, including practitioners, children and families.
  • Look at strategies for minimising stressors in a productive way.
  • Explore ideas and resources or working strategies for implementation. 

About the Presenters

Julie Sanders (Academic Course Leader of the Bachelor of Early Childhood), Kerry Kirk (Lecturer), and Vicki Gazis (Lecturer) at Box Hill Institute, bring a shared depth of knowledge, understanding and experience to the Early Childhood Education Sector. They will facilitate a space where educators can reflect upon and build their capacity in supporting the children and families they work with.

Watch the live webinar at 10am on Friday 21 August 2020.

PowerPoint slides and resources will be available to each participant following the webinar.

More information

Contact the Children and Youth Support Team at [email protected] or call 9278 4014.

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