Aboriginal Art in Early Childhood with Jessica Staines

PL # 14094

  • Starting on 26 Feb 2024
  • Cancellation permitted until 18 Feb 2024
  • Event registrations closed on 19 Feb 2024

Delivery Format : Webinar

Event registration is Closed


Do you want to respectfully embed Aboriginal art and culture into your curriculum? Join Jessica Staines, Director of Koori Curriculum for a 30 minute pre-recorded webinar on Aboriginal Art in Early Childhood.

Are you looking to build your cultural confidence? Join Jessica Staines, Director of Koori Curriculum for 30 minute pre-recorded webinar on Aboriginal Art in Early Childhood. You will have access to the webinar for 3 months and can view the webinar as many times as you wish.

This webinar is for educators who are wanting to respectfully embed Aboriginal art and culture into their art curriculum. Jessica Staines, Director of the Koori Curriculum, dispels the myths about what is and isn’t okay and provides educators with practical tips and ideas to meaningfully teach and include Aboriginal art in the curriculum.

This webinar covers:

• Tips on how to meaningfully include Aboriginal art into early childhood contexts.
• Ethical procurement of Aboriginal Art
• Balancing between traditional, contemporary, urban, regional and local Aboriginal arts practices.
• Practical ideas for the sharing of Aboriginal art for 3-5 year olds.
• How to extend children’s interests through Aboriginal art.
• Introduction to using art as pedagogy.


Jessica Staines

Jessica Staines

Jessica Staines a Wiradjuri woman, early childhood teacher and passionate educational community member, with ties to many advocacy groups on both national and international platforms. Jessica is the Director of Koori Curriculum.

Jessica has worked in early childhood for over fifteen years for a range of service providers in both urban and regional communities. Whilst working in early childhood Jessica naturally found herself supporting educators to become culturally aware and confident in embedding Aboriginal perspectives in their program.

In 2017 Jessica featured on Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali platform where she advised educators in several videos on how they could begin their journey. Jessica is passionate about Reconciliation, social justice and Anti Bias and encourages all early learning services to sign up for a RAP.In 2018 Jessica was supported by Early Childhood Australia and Educational Experience to take part in the World Forum Foundations Global Leaders Program and she later became the National Representative for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This experience allowed Jessica to network with First Nations People around the globe, learn about their programs and how we can potentially benefit from them in the Australian context. Jessica was the Boolarng programs ambassador for Educational Experience from 2018-2020.Jessica has written for several early childhood journals and texts including “The Anti Bias Approach in Early Childhood”, “The Aboriginal Early Childhood Practice Guide” and Educator Yarns

In 2019 Jessica became the Aboriginal early childhood advisor for TV’s Playschool and collaborated on the making of the Kiya Doll. She has advised on many episodes to ensure the inclusion of Aboriginal perspectives  and is especially proud of the shows Acknowledgement of Country episode. Jessica is passionate about having Aboriginal culture reflected, included and celebrated on TV to foster a sense of pride in young Aboriginal children today. Each year Jessica supports vulnerable and disadvantaged Aboriginal families through running the Koori Curriculum Christmas Drive. The drive has been running for four years and in that time Jessica in partnership with Petersham TAFE has supported hundreds of families within in the Inner West. In 2021 Jessica became part of the AIATSIS Education Advisory Committee and HIPPY Reference group where she continues to support the development of resources and programs that support Aboriginal children and families in the early years.

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Aboriginal Art in Early Childhood with Jessica Staines

Date / Time

26 Feb 2024 Starts: 16:30 Finishes: 17:00

Delivery Format : Webinar

Webinar - Online Only

PL Hours : 0.50

Learning Area

  • Early Childhood

School Area

  • Preschool (PK-K)
  • Early Childhood (PK - 2)
  • Pre-Primary
  • Kindergarten
  • Year 1

Event Contact

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