Intentional teaching of cultural competence in play-based settings: A cultural-historical view

One of the practice principles in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) is cultural competence. This book explores what this means in the context of the different theories of child development, as discussed in the EYLF: developmental theories, socio-behaviourist theories, critical theories, post-structuralist theories and sociocultural theories (cultural-historical theory). In drawing upon the latest research, the explanations of practices presented in this resource are from a cultural-historical perspective.

The EYLF suggests that educators identify their own view of cultural competence. In keeping with this recommendation, the resource supports educators through presenting examples of intentional teaching ideas, scenarios and reflective questions. Examples of practices are presented alongside reflective questions such as: What can everyone see? What can only the family see? What can we no longer see because it is so much a part of our lives? Cultural-historical theory recognises and gives directions on how educators with different views can work effectively together and with families.

The book also recognises and works with the different views that multi-disciplinary teams bring to their work. It introduces three different cultural-historical concepts—Relational agency, Common knowledge and Relational expertise—that support the building of cultural competence. These concepts work together to help educators in planning with other professionals for the development of cultural competence.

About the Research in Practice Series:

The Research in Practice Series is published four times each year by Early Childhood Australia.

The Research in Practice Series is a practical, easy-to-read resource, offering effective new approaches for those challenging issues which arise in the care and education of young children. Each issue explores current and emerging research on a specialised topic within early childhood education and care and translates it into practical case studies, ideas and strategies for modern pedagogical practices.

Each issue can be purchased individually, or subscribe to receive a publication every quarter. Additionally, all subscribers to the Research in Practice Series receive access to specially developed presentations designed to take learning further, perfect to be shared during team meetings. To learn more about subscribing, click here. 

Connecting with toddlers

Connecting with toddlers is a resource for educators who are beginning their own learning journey about toddlers and for those who want to strengthen their enthusiasm, enjoyment and professional satisfaction in working with toddlers. It may also be useful to more experienced educators as a resource in mentoring others.

This book explores the complexity of toddlers’ lives and provides a snapshot of their development to support adults to accept, understand and respond to toddlers as they are.

It discusses practices that will help educators to be connected when working with toddlers, including:

  • knowing as much as you can about toddlers and their development and learning
  • responding to toddlers respectfully as individuals
  • building relationships and focusing on interactions with toddlers and their families
  • planning programs and activities carefully, allowing for space, exploration and choice.

Connecting with toddlers will support educators to engage in good professional practice and enjoy relaxed, successful and satisfying dealings with toddlers as the energetic, delightful, capable and sometimes puzzling and challenging young people that they are. It encourages educators to engage in further learning and suggests resources to support this.

The Research in Practice Series is published four times each year by Early Childhood Australia.

The Research in Practice Series is a practical, easy-to-read resource, offering effective new approaches for those challenging issues which arise in the care and education of young children. Each issue explores current and emerging research on a specialised topic within early childhood education and care and translates it into practical case studies, ideas and strategies for modern pedagogical practices.

Each issue can be purchased individually, or subscribe to receive a publication every quarter. Additionally, all subscribers to the Research in Practice Series receive access to specially developed presentations designed to take learning further, perfect to be shared during team meetings. To learn more about subscribing, click here. 

Children’s rights: Every day and everywhere – Book 2

Topics highlighted in Book 2 of Children’s rights: Every day and everywhere include:

  • children’s rights—inspirations, challenges and misunderstandings
  • interpreting and enacting rights for children every day, everywhere
  • children’s right to play
  • teaching children about rights.

About the Everyday Learning Series:

Early Childhood Australia’s Everyday Learning Series acknowledges that the most important early learning happens through day-to-day life experiences and provides ideas and strategies on ways educators and families can make the most of these experiences to support children’s development. By ‘making the ordinary, extraordinary’, the Everyday Learning Series is an invaluable resource for educators, students of early education, beginning practitioners, and families by assisting them in maximising young children’s play, exploration and discovery, and development within learning environments.

Subscribe to the Everyday Learning Series:

The Everyday Learning Series (EDL) is a 12 month, four-issue subscription. Subscribers also receive bonus online resources which may be shared with educators and families. Learn more here. 

ECA offers libraries and institutions a perpetual access fee. Please contact ECA directly on 1800 356 900 (free call) to obtain the licensing agreement or to order.

Early Childhood Australia Membership

Membership of ECA ensures that you are kept informed of the latest practice, research and policy in the sector while also accessing exclusive benefits and discounts. Most importantly, you will be supporting ECA to be a voice for young children. Our membership encompasses service providers across a diversity of service types and governance structures (e.g. private, not-for-profit and public).

  • Concession: For individuals studying early childhood education or equivalent, or unemployed, retired or on extended leave
  • Professional: For early childhood education and care professionals who work with or for young children, their families and carers
  • School/Service: For early childhood services, schools and other organisations working directly with young children and their families
  • Institution: For universities, research institutions, RTOs, local, state and federal government agencies, head offices, and other institutions

Your membership of ECA enhances our capacity to be a strong voice for children. Membership is tax deductible for individuals who work in the sector.

Non-Australia residents can also sign up to ECA membership—additional charges are applied to cover postage of information and resources.

Members also benefit from our strong media profile and policy development capabilities, with opportunities to contribute to the national policy debate and demonstrate a commitment to building the capacity of the early childhood education sector more broadly. We also provide members, who wish to be involved, with the opportunity to participate in media stories.

Current third-party discounts:

  • The Hanen Centre offers online seminars with a 20 per cent discount for ECA members.
  • ECA members can apply for a 30 per cent discount on the Torrens University Master of Education in Early Childhood. For more details contact Course and Career Advisor Alexandra Phillipou at enquiries@tua.edu.au

Multi-Service Member Packages

These member packages are for large provider organisations and authorities with multiple services or schools (five or more) that would like to coordinate access to ECA products.

Price on application—bundled discounts on multiple services and schools also available. Centralised discounted invoicing across multiple sites with an account manager and discount code.

Contact us today: customerservice@earlychildhood.org.au or call 1800 356 900 (free call in Australia).


International Members surcharge applies.
Contact us for details at customerservice@earlychildhood.org.au.

Box of Leadership Provocations

The 48 provocation cards are organised under the six capabilities outlined in the ECA Leadership Capability Framework, with each capability written by a different author:

  • Focus on learning and development by Anne Stonehouse
  • Creating cohesive and effective teams by Anthony Semann
  • Building professional relationships by Susan Irvine
  • Children’s rights by Catharine Hydon
  • Building partnerships by Michelle Gujer
  • Ethical inquiry by Leanne Gibbs.