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Training and Professional DevelopmentECSC offers children’s, aged care, disability and community service providers with a host of training opportunities to broaden their awareness on CALD issues and learn strategies to improve their provision of care for CALD clients.

Each of our training workshops has been designed by the ECSC staff and team of consultant trainers, all of whom possess extensive experience in their respective disciplines. Each workshop has been crafted to meet a clear set of objectives and leave participants with the knowledge and confidence to effect positive change in their workplace.

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Current Workshops

We ask that any training related enquiries be made in writing. For further information, or to make a training request, please contact:

Let’s Talk About Race, Culture and Languages

Racism isn’t inherent. Children aren’t born with prejudice. So where do racist and prejudiced attitudes come from? This session will explore how children’s views on race, culture and languages are constructed, and the impact that those views have on children, families and communities. We will also discuss ways in which educators can encourage positive attitudes towards diversity and home language maintenance, initiate conversations around race and culture, and address prejudice when it occurs. This session is targeted at Community Care and Children’s Services workers.

Duration: 3 hours | [NQS Quality Areas: 1, 3, 5, 6]

Building and Managing a Diverse Workforce

The success of building and maintaining a diverse workforce begins with a value system that genuinely embraces and celebrates multiculturalism and recognises that an ability to speak another language and navigate another culture is a distinctive human resources asset. This session will share practical ideas and reflections on developing a culturally diverse workforce that contributes to service delivery which is inclusive and reflective of Australian multicultural society.

Duration: 3 hours | [NQS Quality Areas: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7]

Disability in a Cultural Context

In many Western cultures including Australia, the dominant way of making sense of disabilities is to explain them in medical terms, such as resulting from accidents, genetic disorders or viral infections. However, there are different perceptions of disability within culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. This session will provide opportunities to enhance knowledge, understanding and skills to work with CALD families who have children with disabilities.

Duration: 3 hours | [NQS Quality Areas: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Supporting Refugee Children and their Families in Education and Care Services

This session will focus on history and background information on the refugee intake in Australia; the challenges faced by torture and trauma victims; refugee children and their families; the myths and facts about asylum seekers. It will also explore resources that can be used by education and care services to assist in providing culturally appropriate and sensitive care, as well as investigate the use of inclusion strategies services can employ to work effectively with the target groups.

Duration: 3 hours | [NQS Quality Areas: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6]

Learning a Second Language in Early Childhood

This session will explore the importance of a child’s home language in their socio-cultural, cognitive and linguistic development and provide a framework for considering how bilingual language development can be supported, including when there are concerns about linguistic development. Participants will be encouraged to consider a range of child, family and educational factors that can be addressed to support children with communication delays to stay connected with their culture, community and identity.

Duration: 3 hours | [NQS Quality Areas: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Working Positively with Diversity in the Team

This session will focus on cultural diversity as a basis for an effective workplace and professional relationship. It will examine how we empathise with each other, which has a direct influence on children’s learning and development. The participants will have an opportunity to discuss shared values, clear direction and interactions that convey mutual respect, equity and recognition of each other’s culture; exploring the creative approach to conflict that can result from the cultural diversity of individuals in the team.

Duration: 3 hours | NQS Quality Area: 2, 4, 6

Building Collaborative Partnerships with CALD Families

The session will explore a process with practice and reflection in building a meaningful approach to collaborative partnership with Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) families. The process involves building trust among collaborators, recognising opportunities to support parents/families in their value system including child rearing practices and ways of networking with other relevant service providers for the best outcomes for children.

Duration: 3 hours | NQS Quality Areas: 5, 6

Communicating Effectively with Culturally Diverse Children and Families

This session will focus on enhancing communication skills to enable educators to interact more effectively with CALD children and their families, as well as raise awareness of cultural influences through positive interactions.

Duration: 3 hours | NQS Quality Areas: 1, 5, 6

Inclusive Practice: Developing and Implementing a Multicultural Policy

This session is targeted at Community Care and Children’s Service workers and explores the critical role that policies and procedures play in ensuring inclusive practice in the workplace. Throughout the session participants will consider their service’s existing P&P’s and learn several strategies for developing and implementing effective multicultural policies and action plans.

Duration: 3 hours | [NQS Quality Areas: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Saying NO to Racism

This session will focus on the impact that racism has on children, families, communities and society more broadly. Participants will be given practical strategies to assist them in effectively addressing racism, and engaging in positive discussions about diversity, with children, families and their colleagues.

Duration: 3 hours | [NQS Quality Areas: 1, 2, 5, 6]

Culturally Inclusive Practices in Family Day Care

This session is targeted at Family Day Care services. What is cultural inclusion? Do we need to have CALD children in our services to be culturally inclusive? This session will answer these questions and explore the key elements of culturally inclusive practice. Participants will be challenged to reflect on their current practice, and identify gaps and barriers to supporting inclusive programming and practice.

Duration: 3 hours | [NQS Quality Areas: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate

This session is targeted at Community Care and Children’s Service workers. It will help educators to better understand the importance of celebrations to children’s cultural and religious identity and to gain an understanding of how to approach celebrations sensitively, appropriately and with authenticity. Participants will be shown how to develop a program of activities that celebrates the religious and cultural diversity of the children and families attending their service, and the local community more broadly.

Duration: 3 hours | [NQS Quality Areas: 1, 5, 6]


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What participants say about our training

“Great workshop. We can’t wait to go away and implement what we learnt about inclusive practice."
“It’s inspired me to learn more about the diversity in my service and the local community.”
“It really boosted my confidence for working with CALD and refugee families.”
“Thanks for a great workshop. It gave us some excellent ideas about how we can celebrate diversity in our service without being tokenistic.”
“It helped me understand the importance of exploring the cultures and languages relevant to the children in my service.”
“I’m going to start making more of an effort to incorporate cultural competence into my staff meetings.”
“I really enjoyed deconstructing the concepts of culture and identity.”