Program

OPEN AND WELCOME TO THE CONFERENCE

A personal story of diversity and inclusion
Ahmed Saad

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Pick a lane: you can’t have it both ways- doing equity in early childhood
Anthony Semann

DIVERSITY FOCUS PRESENTATIONS

What does culturally competent practice look like in a playgroup setting?
Megan Van Den Berg and Anita North
VACCA

Meaningful inclusion of children with disabilities into your playgroup
Lou Ambrosy
Noahs Ark

Models for embracing the deaf community in playgroups
Melissa Thompson
The John Pierce Centre

From Poverty to Potential
Dr Anita Kochanoff
Brotherhood of St Laurence

Why? How and where? Engaging and sustaining fathers
Tom Docking
Dads Group Inc

Evaluating transition projects- implications for practice and building social capital
Janet Farrow

Understanding primary prevention of family violence and our unique role in playgroups- Girls and boys come out to play.
Helen Rimington and Amanda Testa
Drummond Street Services

PLAYGROUP PRACTICE IN FOCUS- WORKSHOPS

Transcending boundaries one beat at a time: Embracing diversity through music therapy programs.
Meredith Drinkell
Sing n Grow

Connecting, inspiring, learning with young mothers through supported playgroup
Anne Webster
Zoe Support Australia

Including and understanding children with communication disorders
Lou Ambrosy
Noahs Ark

Understanding and planning for play for children with diverse needs
Professor Karen Stagnitti
Deakin University

Encouraging little linguists
Tilka Brown
The Language Toolbox

Totally Awesome Parents
Georgina Devereaux
City of Frankston

Digital connections: Face to face communities
Tom Fagernes
Dads Group Inc

Supporting the emotional well-being of parents: Is your playgroup PANDA aware?
Mary Edmonds
PANDA

Models for embracing the deaf community in playgroups
Melissa Thompson
The John Pierce Centre

Diversity in data- a lesson in diversity
Joanne Tarasuik
Playgroup Victoria

Making small talk- engaging families from diverse backgrounds using the small talk model.
Joelle Whiting
Mallee Family Care

Continuous child rearing system in Japan: focusing on partnership with MCH section.
Professor Chiemi Nakagawa
Osaka University

CUPS (confident and understanding parents)- a child nutrition intervention for families attending supported playgroups
Judith Meyers
CCCH

One size doesn’t fit all: diverse communities need diverse playgroups
Jacinta Harper
Yarra City Council

Understanding and planning for play for children with diverse needs
Professor Karen Stagnitti
Deakin University

Play for children with autism
Isabella Rosinsky
Playgroup Victoria 

Stepping stones to engagement and success working with CALD communities
Rahki Khanna
City of Yarra Ranges

Grafting ‘growing learners’
Belinda Davies
Brotherhood of St Laurence

Rainbow families- welcome all families at all playgroups
Felicity Marlowe
Rainbow Families

Bi-cultural books
Jeannette Rowe
Children’s Author

Getting to know your clients and adaptation of program to meet their diverse needs
Rachel Smith

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