Educators who are culturally competent respect multiple cultural ways of knowing, seeing and living; celebrate the benefits of diversity; and have an ability to understand and honour differences. (EYLF, p.16).
Sessions will allow the whole team to explore and critically reflect on:
- The meaning of Cultural Competence.
- Relationship building through understanding and building on each other’s expectations, attitudes and understandings.
- How our own culture shapes attitudes, perceptions and behaviours.
- The environment and if it displays a balanced view of contemporary Australian.
- The role of celebrations.
- Recognising and responding to bias.
- Tokenistic practices.
According to Aboriginal leader Dr. Alf Bamblett:
‘Culture is to people as water is to fish –
we take our own culture for granted as it is part of our identity and part of our very being’.
After a variety of training sessions with her team, the Director of Kindy Korner Children’s Services wrote:
“Throughout all training Kate and Annie conducted themselves with integrity and professionalism. The respect they showed for our current knowledge was considerate and the imparting of knowledge by them was at a pace that suited all learners and learning styles”