Professionalism and identity in early childhood education and care: Who we are and what we do

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This webcast explores the idea of professional identity in two ways—who you are and what you do. You will ponder notions of professionalism and your identity in early childhood education and care in relation to children, families, colleagues and the community. Educators are encouraged to stop and reflect, individually and with colleagues, on the importance of being an ethical early childhood educator in relation to element 4.2.1 of the National Quality Framework – Management, educators and staff work with mutual respect and collaboratively, and challenge and learn from each other, recognising each other’s strengths and skills. In addition to reflecting on identity, the learner will be asked to consider links between professional identity and the implications of professional ethics on your practice.

Please note: Participants will have opportunities to take part in robust conversations with colleagues  and reflect on the term professionalism. It is therefore helpful to work alongside a peer or mentor to fully engage in the intended learning of this webinar

Learning outcomes

In this course you will:

  • Ponder notions of professionalism and your identity in relation to children, families, colleagues and the community.
  • Be encouraged to stop and reflect on the importance of being an ethical early childhood educator.
  • Be asked to consider the link between professional identity and the implications of professional ethics on your practice and being an advocate for the profession.
  • Explore ideas about professional collaboration and conduct.

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Description

Catharine Hydon is the Director and Principal Consultant at Hydon Consulting. Over the past 10 years, she has worked with a range of organisations and governments to articulate quality and inspire change. Along with a master’s degree in early childhood education, Catharine has extensive experience in the early childhood sector. She began her career as a teacher in a kindergarten program and went on to lead a range of services and projects.

Catharine’s involvement in the sector is an important part of her commitment to positive outcomes for children, and she draws on her experience and research to consider how theory connects to and informs practice. She specialises in early childhood practice and pedagogy, quality improvement as well as policy and governance. She also focuses on the delivery of integrated services to engage vulnerable children and their families.

Catharine is a long-time member of ECA. She is a regular contributor to ECA publications and has just concluded her role as the Co-chair of ECA’s Reconciliation Advisory Group. Catharine was also a member of the ECA Code of Ethics Working Group for the past two reviews, and she co-authored the Ethics in Action implementation guide.

As a dynamic speaker and collaborative facilitator, Catharine is skilled at engaging professionals in reflective dialogue and creative conversations.

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Additional information

Presented by

Links to the National Quality Standard

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Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

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Course Duration

1 hour, 30 minutes

Australian Qualifications Framework