Early Years conference leaves no child behind

Published on 17 May 2017

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Murrindindi Children’s Network focused on “No child left behind” as its theme for this year’s Early Learning Conference held on 2 May at Camp Jungai in Rubicon.

The Network provides care and services to children and families in the Shire and is supported by Murrindindi Shire Council.

Keynote speakers at the event included therapist, author and educator Tim O’Leary, who presented on the topic of “How children succeed: the role adults play in fostering children’s happiness” and behaviour specialist Jo Lange who ran a session on “supportive strategies for anxiety and agitation in children”.

Other topics discussed during the day included the language of the Taungurung People, Traditional Owners of much of the land within Murrindindi Shire with Taungurung elder Aunty Lee Healy.  Also discussed was how to be ‘Strong4Life’ with good manual handling skills by IPAR’s Travis Kreeck.  Autism and developmental delays were addressed by Jody Collins from Early Childhood Intervention Services and cultural competency was discussed by FKA Children’s Services’ Ashley Howden. 

Deputy Mayor and Community Services Portfolio Councillor Sandice McAulay said she was thrilled to see 75 participants from all areas of early childhood and family services in the region attending the conference.

“The feedback I’ve had from attendees was that the event was highly successful,” she said.

“The keynote speakers were exceptional and I leant so much new information that I wish I had had when I was still actively teaching.

“With regard to the venue – what a lovely hidden resource we have in Rubicon!  I also really appreciated participating in the Welcome to Country ceremony.   I give the whole day a 10 out of 10 and congratulate all involved in making it such a success,” added Cr McAulay

The conference is now in its fourth year and has been steadily attracting a growing number of professionals from Murrindindi and surrounding Shires.

Attendees included all of the Shire’s family day care providers, kinder staff and a number of primary school teachers as well as staff from the Department of Human Services Victoria and Family Care Nexus.