This vignette shares how Early Childhood Educators have developed their own self awareness, built their own understanding and knowledge of cultural competence.    In this clip Jessica, Kelly and Jasmine share their learnings from the Leading Learning Circles for Educators Engaged in Study training facilitated by Griffith University.  

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Creating self awareness, building understanding and building knowledge: QCOSS EMBRACE 2015

Jessica Connors: Being aware of my self values and self beliefs.  And how they differ from other cultures and other families.  Being aware of that and not making that impact on my day to day running of the centre and the room.   

Jasmine Williams: It opened my eyes to a lot of things.  I don’t have to make big changes.  Just the littlest change in the way I talk the way I communicate make me feel a lot better and more confident about the way my relationships with the families at my centre.

Kelly Dykes: And being confident in ourselves allows us to develop those relationships, easier I guess and better.

Jasmine Williams: I think so and not only with just families but with staff as well.  Communication – this has helped me build better relationships with not only my families but with my staff as well.  I take it home as well, with the way I talk is totally different.  

Kelly Dykes: And I think it was very open.  It allowed you to become aware of your own biases.  Like it was quite open wasn’t it.  We all have biases so let’s talk about them let’s get it all out there.  Yeah it allowed us to be very open and learn from each other.  I learnt lots from everybody.  

Jessica Connors: Yeah that one Indian family that we’ve got, I now step back and think, that that’s their family culture and that’s the way they do things so now I step back and I think it’s not for me to change it and incorporate how we do it.  We should be incorporating how they do it into our program and not just doing things tokenistically like Jas said before just to have it on your program because it looks good but we’re actually doing it for a purpose now and we understand that purpose. 

Jasmine Williams: It’s rewarding to learn a new culture or to learn something from a culture.  So reflecting on the way I do things now the way I act the way I move.  I stop and think about, will this offend someone, should I say this or should I not say it.  I watch my tone as well, I watch the way I communicate, the way I answer questions, I think of my body language a lot more now.  It’s made me more aware.  I thought I knew a lot about culture because I worked with people from different cultures.  So I thought well, I work with different cultures, I’m culturally aware now, but I’m not, I’m not at all!

Kelly Dykes: And I think we’re still learning.  You’re constantly learning about it.  Yeah and we’re learning from those families so we step back and we listen and learn from them .  But it’s about being aware of our own.  

Acknowledgements: 

This vignette shows participants learning and reflections from “Circle of Change Revisited”.

Camera Operator and Sound Recordist: Ranu James

Production Assistant: Cherie Lamb

Director/Editor: Ranu James

EMBRACE Culture in Kindy and Program with the Queensland Council of Social Service 

Interviews by: Lari Stojcevska, Kingston East Neighbourhood Group Inc.

Thanks to:

  • Kerry Smith, Associate Lecturer and Marilyn Casley, Associate Lecturer, School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University
  • Jessica Connors, Lead Educator, Good Start Early Learning Centre, Daisy Hill
  • Kelly Dykes, Director, Occasional Care Child Care Centre, Kingston East Neighbourhood group
  • Jasmine Williams, Pre-kindy Lead Educator, Active Kids Early Learning Child Care Centre, Logan Central

Leading Learning Circles for Educators Engaged in Study training facilitated by Griffith University

Supported by:

  • Kingston East Neighbourhood Group Inc.
  • EMBRACE Culture in Kindy
  • Queensland Council of Social Service 

We would like to acknowledge that this film was developed and filmed on the land of the Yugambeh, Jagera and Turrbal nations. 

Leading Learning Circles for Educators Engaged in Study can be found on the Griffith University website.

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