Aboriginal perspectives in early childhood education: But where do I begin?

Aboriginal perspectives in early childhood education: But where do I begin?


The commonly asked question ‘But where do I begin?’ is usually quickly followed by the concern ‘but I don’t want to get it wrong’. Sometimes you have to start somewhere and not fear getting it wrong. This fear can paralyse people from moving forward or at least trying something. Respect goes a long way, as does an attempt, which is authentic and challenges a tokenistic approach.

In this workshop Aunty Denise Proud and Anthony Semann will engage in respectful dialogue with learners to unpack some of the misconceptions that exist about integrating Aboriginal perspectives into the curriculum and explore what this might mean in a practical way with children. 

This workshop is based on respect not judgment. We will learn together as we explore what we know, what we want to know and how we might come to know more. 

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

▪ Explain the importance of including Aboriginal perspectives into the program

▪ Apply practical ways of including Aboriginal perspectives in the curriculum

▪ Discuss your learning about the past, the present and the future and how it influences your thinking about an inclusive curriculum

▪ Apply your learning around Aboriginal perspectives to engage with local communities in respectful ways



All States: Completing this course – Aboriginal Perspectives in Early Childhood Education (6 hours) may be used as Teacher Identified Professional Development/Learning addressing: APTS 2.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation.


APTS 2.4.2 Provide opportunities for children to develop understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, languages


This course aligns with:

QA 5: Relationships with children

QA 6: Collaborative partnerships with families and communities 

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