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Early Childhood students participate in Indigenous culture workshop

South Regional TAFE Early Childhood students have participated in a special cultural diversity workshop to enhance their understanding and respect for Indigenous culture heritage.

The workshop was conducted for Early Childhood Education and Care students (Certificate III and Diploma level) as well as Education Support students with children from the onsite College Community Child childcare centre attending. This made it more relevant to the TAFE students’ training and the Early Years Framework.

The program was run by Jennibe, a performance based group of Indigenous heritage who have been providing respect and diversity cultural programs for more than 10 years. The workshops include songs, dreamtime stories, traditional games and yarning circles.

The Jennibe performance was organised by South Regional TAFE Training Manger Sam Ehrlich with support from Early Childhood Education and Care lecturers.

Early Childhood lecturer Trish Carlson said the workshop was a fantastic opportunity for the students to improve their knowledge of culturally respectful activities that can be put into practice in an early childhood setting.

“The activities allow the students to experience games, songs and stories that might be relevant to the childcare setting they work in.

“Kimmy and Rusty [from Jenibee] demonstrated a variety of activities and explained their relevance to Indigenous cultures.

“The students certainly gained a lot of knowledge and really enjoyed the experience.”

Picture shows Rusty and Kim from Jennibee discussing ways to make cultural experiences relevant to children in every day play based activities. 

Page last updated April 11, 2017