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Empowering Early Childhood Education: Insights from VICPA's Conference

At Braefoot Community Association, we believe in the power of continuous learning and community collaboration to enhance the quality of childcare. Recently, our team had the privilege of participating in the Victoria Independent Childcare Providers Association (VICPA) Early Childhood Education Conference, and it was an enriching experience from start to finish.

The event brought together passionate educators, childcare providers, and industry experts under one roof. It was exciting to see the dedication of professionals like Zahra Nemati and Shannon Roberts from Braefoot Community Association, who eagerly seized the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills.

The conference kicked off with a captivating keynote address by Dr. Lawlor, setting the tone for a day filled with insightful workshops and networking opportunities. One workshop that stood out was "101 Process Art Ideas" by Rhonda Sylven, offering practical strategies for fostering creativity in young children through messy, hands-on art experiences. Participants left inspired with a handout brimming with innovative art ideas to implement in their classrooms.

Another highlight was the workshop led by Shelin Hussein, RCC, BCBA, titled "Why is This Happening and What Can I Do About It?" which delved into understanding and addressing unexpected behaviours in children. Shelin's expertise in behavioural analysis provided attendees with valuable tools and strategies to create supportive environments conducive to children's growth and development.

Moreover, the "NeuroInclusive Education" workshop facilitated by Sue Blyth Hall and Julie Brewer shed light on the importance of recognizing and accommodating diverse learning styles. Their pioneering efforts in promoting NeuroInclusive practices have the potential to revolutionize early childhood education, ensuring that every child receives the support they need to thrive.

Throughout the conference, VICPA's commitment to health equity, play-based learning, family engagement, and community building shone through. Their initiatives aim to reshape the landscape of early childhood education, emphasizing inclusivity and holistic development.

As members of the Braefoot Community Association, we are grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a dynamic and forward-thinking community of educators and caregivers. Events like the VICPA Early Childhood Education Conference not only fuel our passion for childcare but also equip us with the tools and inspiration to create meaningful experiences for the children in our care.

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