2023 Our Culturally Responsive Year Wall Calendar
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How did we celebrate, honour and embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
ways of being, knowing and doing in all aspects of our early childhood education and care service?
Our Culturally Responsive Year is a monthly calendar designed to highlight the culturally competent and responsive practices carried out in the ECE Setting.
It is a monthly reminder to actively involve children in cultural practices and activities as well as a record of the experiences for parents and assessors to view. Write stories, draw pictures, or stick in photos to document your month.
This Cultural Calendar prompts consideration in these areas with its six planning areas:
Language, music and dance is about embedding language and different forms of expression from Indigenous cultures into everyday conversations and experiences.
- Art and craft value the visual arts and its importance in communicating and identity.
- Stories and history embed Indigenous methods of learning and sharing their identity into your program and practice.
- Cooking and food open children’s experiences to include traditions beyond their household meal time experiences.
- Outdoor fosters a connection with country and the importance of the environment across cultures.
- Family and community builds a deeper cultural connection and relationship with your centre’s community and family’s cultural traditions and ways of being and is a key component of a ‘built in’ culturally responsive program
Finally, the Reflect and plan section maintains an ongoing cycle of planning.
Creating a culturally responsive service that has embedded Indigenous perspectives authentically is a key focus of the NQS and updated ALF (see compliance tab).
It is a monthly prompt to reflect and record how you have “built in” cultural responsiveness into your program and practice rather than simply “bolting it on”*. Importantly, it steers away from the “tick a box” cultural planning that can often occur in services by prompting thoughtful consideration of environments and experiences with a visual planner.
Who is this diary for?
- All Educators
“It can be difficult with so much happening in your day to ensure you are effectively including cultural diversity into your everyday practice. It can sometimes feel like a checkbox thing rather than a part of a holistic program. This is the perfect prompt to keep us strengthening our focus on embedding cultural diversity into our room. The Cultural Calendar is a visual prompt of our reflections and responsiveness to ensure it is embedded into our programs and practices as an ongoing cycle without over complicating the documentation. It is perfect to capture photos, reflections, and the children even contribute to it. In a few minutes you can record how you have embedded cultural responsiveness into your programming and practice and have it openly displayed for families and children to continue reflective conversations and contribute to the program. It also made it easy to show evidence for Assessment and Rating by having key focus areas for our room displayed.” – Christine M., Early Childhood Teacher
The Culturally Responsive Calendar is a visual reminder to reflect on how you are embedding cultural responsiveness as a practice in your room and service while simply capturing your planning and reflections to share with families, update your Quality Improvement Plan, and show evidence for Assessment and Rating. It promotes a continuous cycle of planning and reflection for the year ahead.
Quality area 1 of the Australian National Quality Standard (NQS) focuses on educational program and practice. Standard 1.1 ensures your program is guided by an Approved Learning Framework (ALF) to promote learning in relation to children’s identity and connection with community. Programs should be child-centred and include children’s culture as the foundation.
Quality areas 5 and 6 promote responsive and respectful relationships with children, families, and the community, that can only be achieved when your relationships are built through meaningful interactions and active involvement that includes celebrating expertise, culture, values, and beliefs.
A recent review of Approved Learning Frameworks has highlighted changes to strengthen the connection between Learning Frameworks and the National Quality Standard in Indigenous ways of being, knowing, and doing. The review aims to increase the recognition of the role of early learning services including OSHC in advancing reconciliation. These changes include, strengthening Indigenous “perspectives throughout the frameworks including the vision, principles, practices, and outcomes” and moving from cultural competence to cultural responsiveness.
Combing cultural responsiveness with effective pedagogies requires considering;
- Language acquisition
- Continuity of learning
- Relationships and partnerships with professionals, and
- Family and community learning environments
* considerations and terms of reference included in Discussion Paper: 2021 National Quality Framework Approved Learning Frameworks Update, August 2021
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Love our calendar it is supporting our service to achieve building cultural competence and having the tool to record all evidence and guiding us in the right direction.
Hi Debbie, thank you so much for your kind review! We are so happy to hear our Calendar is supporting your service in cultural responsiveness!