23

Jan, 2018

Conference Program

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Day 1 – Saturday 19 May

8.00am

Registration & Trade Exhibition


9.30am

Introduction & Welcome to Country


9.45am 

Miracles and Mirth: Why Reading to Young Children Changes their Lives

This presentation is full of stories that will both sadden and gladden hearts.  Mem will be exploring and explaining the urgent reasons for reading to young children— what happens when we do it regularly; and why children fail at school when we don’t. Many books will be read to show the difference between dullness and vivacity, and why we should be aiming for the latter every time we open a book.

Mem Fox


10.30am

Morning Tea & Trade Exhibition


11.05am: Concurrent Workshops

Language Rich Learning Environments: Understanding High Quality Interactions 

This session will unpack the evidence base for high quality interactions in early childhood environments and the impact this has on whole child development, learning and wellbeing. This will be connected to the neuroscience of interactions and provide a framework for reflective practice for educators.

Melissa Kidd and Kerryanne Hughes, Department of Education

 

Literacy for Learning

Learn how to provide a broad and rich language experience with a strong emphasis on speaking and listening, before children begin their early years of schooling. Is a child’s acquisition of speaking and listening skills, and phonic knowledge and skills greatly enhanced by a ‘multi-sensory’ approach help them to learn at a faster rate than their peers? What is the power of story, rhyme, drama and song to fire children’s imaginations and interest that encourages them to use language copiously? Leave this workshop with great ideas.

Penny De Waele, Dalby State School

 

Aboriginal Art, Storytelling, Language and Song

This workshop will explore the importance of storytelling and language through Aboriginal art, and highlight the value of becoming aware and breaking down the barriers through education at a young age. Attendees will learn different meanings of common Aboriginal symbols as well as have a chance to practice words in the traditional language of Wonghi. The workshop will provide delegates with an opportunity to learn more about storytelling beyond a book, as well as demonstrate strategies to incorporate song into Storytime. The workshop will highlight how Aboriginal words can be incorporated into everyday speech by all people.

 Val McGrath and Noel McGrath

 

Technology, Language, and Literacy

Let’s use digital devices to share stories, rhymes, sing and talk with children. In this workshop, you will discover how you can support parents to understand the language opportunities associated with technology and remove some of the fear that parents have when it comes to ‘screen time’. Learn simple tips to enrich children’s language development with what you are already doing, and what you already have on your device, and learn about some free stuff that is out there. Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm with others to share ways we can use digital devices to engage meaningfully with your children.

Nev De Waele, Dalby State School


11.50am: Concurrent Workshops

Language Rich Learning Environments: High Quality Interactions in Practice

Building on the Understanding of High Quality Interactions, this session will provide practical examples and discussion about developing opportunities for, and quality of, interactions in early childhood environments. An overview of evidence-based frameworks for further exploration such as 3A and Age Appropriate Pedagogy will also be provided.

Melissa Kidd and Kerryanne Hughes, Department of Education

 

Music, Storytelling, and Multicultural Ideas for Programs

Renata Jayne has been singing, dancing and storytelling with children since 1991. This workshop is designed so educators can walk away inspired with new musical ideas, storytelling techniques and multicultural ideas. It is a great opportunity to learn some new and easy ideas for everyday interactions and boost educators with more confidence in the area of the arts. 

Renata Jayne, Children’s Musician and Storyteller

 

Understanding Early Development – Speech and Language Milestones

“I taught I taw a puddy tat”……..the what, when and how of speech and language in early childhood.

This session will provide information on developmental milestones for speech and language prior to entering Prep. Participants will gain an understanding of what to expect when and how to support parents and children who they may suspect have a speech or language delay.

Justine Boshammer, Department of Education and Sarah Siran, BUSHKids 

 

Storytelling with ‘Loose Parts’: Inspiring Young Children

In this workshop you will have an opportunity to explore storytelling and develop your knowledge about storytelling beyond reading a book.  You will also be introduced to evidence-based strategies for successful storytelling and explore how you can use loose parts to enhance storytelling. Finally, you will hear all about why you should be telling stories to young children and how telling stories and reading stories are not the same. Come with your imagination and a sense of fun!

Carrolyn Ireland and Troy Dunn, C&K


12.30pm

Lunch, Trade Exhibition & Library Tour


1.30pm

Keynote Address

Connecting with Kids: Brain Development, its Potential, Our Responsibility

“In the first few years of life, more than 1 million new neural connections form every second

This presentation shares the exciting process of brain development, and key factors that impact on building strong foundations, and strong connections.  We then explore the very important role and potential we have as significant adults in the life of a child, to make a difference, by helping to set up strong foundations, and support their development, learning and well-being. 

Dr Alice Brown, University of Southern Queensland


2.20pm: Concurrent Workshops

Connecting with Kids – Supporting Learning and Brain Development One Experience at a Time

This workshop shares a toolbox of ideas, experiences and supportive environments that adults may wish to consider to support the learning and development of young children. Drawing on key theory of brain development, we explore opportunities, experiences, and strategies to integrate and support opportunities for brain development into our busy days with young children, one moment, one minute, and millions of neural connections at a time.

Dr Alice Brown, University of Southern Queensland

 

The Power of Props

Harness the power of props to enhance your early literacy sessions. This practical workshop will explore the huge variety of props you can use when working with babies, toddlers and young children to increase engagement, interaction and early literacy understanding. Well-known picture books will be used as examples to illustrate how puppets, toys, maps, found objects, felt boards, parachutes and Lycra can be incorporated into your sessions with purpose.

Megan Scully and Kylie Webb, State Library of Queensland 

 

Taste. Texture. Variety

This workshop focuses on the importance of giving children the opportunity to experience food texture appropriate to their age and stage of development.  These important experiences support healthy food variety later in life, helping to minimise health risks and  promote speech development, oral health and motor skill development.  The workshop will cover:

  • Food textures and how they can play a role in speech development
  • Squeezy foods and their effect on speech and fine motor development
  • Reasons why children may be refusing food or being fussy eaters and strategies to promote healthy food

Amelia Webster, APD, Nutrition Australia 

 

Engaging Families in Early Literacy – A Home Visiting Approach

This workshop will look at the development and implementation of emergent literacy programs by BUSHkids, and the ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of these programs.  Delegates will look at a whole of community approach, group work and the Emergent Literacy Home Visiting program.  The model to be presented will focus on the Read and Grow emergent literacy program but will also explore how other programs such as the Abecedarian approach could also be adapted and used by any organisation.

Marianne Taylor and Julie Rathmell, BUSHKids


3.00pm

First 5 Forever: A local Perspective

Can we make a difference at a local level? What synergies and local partnerships can be formed between families, the community, libraries, and other sectors? How do Libraries fit into the 0-5 Language to Literacy story? These and other questions will be posed, along with a look at the state-of-play in the 0–5 years space in the Western Downs.

Lisa Harth, Western Downs Libraries


3.30pm

Closing address


6.00pm

Gala Dinner


Day 2 – Sunday 20 May

On day 2, delegates will have the opportunity to choose between attending the 3 hour Supercharge your Storytime with First 5 Forever workshop, or attending a series of short presentations in the Auditorium.


8.00am

Registration


8.30am

Speech Pathology Discussion Panel 

How do we engage parents? What role do technology and books play in speech and language development? What can centres do when there is a huge waiting list? These questions and more will be posed to a panel of experts for discussion and debate, followed by an opportunity for questions from the floor. Our panellists include: 


9.00am

Supercharge your Storytime with First 5 Forever, Part A

Take your Storytime to the next level utilising First 5 Forever’s 6 key elements to a successful session. This interactive workshop will combine the latest research in early language and literacy combined with practical tips and ideas to further enhance your Storytime facilitation. Library staff working with children under 5 and their families will unpack their important role as advocates and facilitators of children’s programs. Early childhood professionals will have the opportunity to develop new approaches to sharing stories and engaging families in their child’s early literacy development.

Participants are asked to bring their favourite children’s picture book to work with during this 3 hour workshop.

Megan Scully and Kylie Webb, State Library of Queensland 

 


9.00am 

Early Childhood Early Intervention and the National Disability Insurance Scheme

 This presentation will provide information about Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI), an approach under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which is designed to support children 0-6 years that have a disability or developmental delay. In the Western Downs UnitingCare Community is the Early Childhood Partner for the NDIS.  As the Early Childhood Partner we provide assistance, information, guidance and access to early intervention and supports.

 Megan Ford, Lead Practitioner – Community Development UnitingCare Community Early Childhood Early Intervention, Toowoomba

 

9.20am

Indigenous Support for 0–5: What’s out there?

Learn about the support, services and programs available through Goondir Health Services for Indigenous young people and their families.

Goondir Health Services

 

9.40am

Incorporating multi-literacies into Early Learning (The ELLA Project)

 ELLA is a fun, digital, play-based language learning program for preschool children. It helps children to become comfortable with languages early in life so that they can keep learning languages in later years.

Nerolie Farquharson, Director Dalby Beck Street Kindergarten and ELLA Champion


10.00am

Morning tea


10.30am

Supercharge your Storytime with First 5 Forever, Part B 

Take your Storytime to the next level utilising First 5 Forever’s 6 key elements to a successful session. This interactive workshop will combine the latest research in early language and literacy combined with practical tips and ideas to further enhance your Storytime facilitation. Library staff working with children under 5 and their families will unpack their important role as advocates and facilitators of children’s programs. Early childhood professionals will have the opportunity to develop new approaches to sharing stories and engaging families in their child’s early literacy development.

Participants are asked to bring their favourite children’s picture book to work with during this 3 hour workshop.

Megan Scully and Kylie Webb, State Library of Queensland 


10.30am

Fast Four-Ward to Prep!

 This session will explore how the four areas of TALK, PLAY, SING and READ can provide a solid foundation for a successful transition to Prep. Delegates will gain an understanding of some of the important skills that can help our young students as they move to into school. Catch a glimpse into the world of Prep with an Experienced Senior Teacher and take away some practical and everyday ideas to support the transition to ‘big school.’ 

Kylie Downes, Dalby South State School

 

10.50am

Legal and Practical Responses to Child Abuse

 Our Child Protection Training System will assist educators, community groups, services, parents and professionals in the practical application of child protection and safety in education and care. Learn simple strategies to prevent abuse, recognise indicators and report concerns.  You will learn how to comply with legislative requirements under the National Quality Framework and meet duty of care obligations regarding child protection.

 Jim O’Brien, Business Manager, In Safe Hands Educators In Safety

 

11.15am

Learning Through Play – Language and Literacy in the Long Day Care Setting

 This presentation focuses on ideas for promoting language and literacy in the 0-5 age group. We discuss how a stimulating environment and play routines can contribute to children’s language skills, motor skills, social, emotional, and intellectual development. Through examples, we demonstrate how children develop effective communication through play, thus increasing their abilities to listen carefully while developing a wide range of vocabularies. While this is presented with a focus on practice within a long day care setting, the ideas can easily be translated across other settings including in the home.

Leanne Stewart, Centre Manager & Sandra Lee Lead Educator in the Nursery, The Learning Tree Dalby

 

11.35am

A Steady Start to School

 A Steady Start to School is an evidence informed program that teaches parents strategies that assist with preparing their child for a successful transition to formal education.  The program aims to empower parents as their child’s first teacher and focuses on the importance of play based learning for children.  Topics covered include social and emotional wellbeing, reading, routines, play and opportunities to play and learn together with other children.

 Marianne Taylor & Julie Rathmell, BUSHKids

 

12.00pm

Paint the town Read: Involving the community in Early Literacy

 In 2017, The Mackay Early Years Language and Literacy Network introduced the national Paint the Town REaD early literacy initiative in Mackay. This project aimed to include as many community partners as possible to help spread the important messages surrounding early literacy and language skills. Representatives, and key stakeholders, from Mackay Libraries speak about the successes and learnings from this grant-funded initiative.

 Carly St Clair and Kerry Davis, Mackay Regional Council Libraries 



12.30pm 

First You Have to Know how to Play: Adults as Active Supporters of Young Children’s Dramatic Play

In her keynote address, Julie will identify and discuss the skills and understandings that adults require if they are going to be effective in actively supporting and participating in young children’s dramatic play. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the adult  as co-player. A further feature of the presentation will be consideration of the rich play possibilities that are opened up when adults collaborate with children to use picture books as contexts for play. 

Professor Julie Dunn, Griffith University


1.15pm

Closing Address


 

 

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