Using Arts with Children and Communities to Foster Cultural Sharing

Professional learning in inclusive practices in child and community engagement sessions

  • Expand your knowledge of cultural and community diversity
  • Build your confidence in working with culturally diverse children and families
  • Learn simple music and arts activities to engage children and families in gentle conversations about diversity and social inclusion
  • Improve your public story time skills
  • Understand some of the many presentations and impacts of racism and discrimination

Based on Cha Cha Sam’s award-winning show Postcards from Nanna, and the accompanying album of songs, this workshop (developed in partnership with Relationships Australia SA and VicHealth) will grow your organisation’s capacity to engage with all the different people in your community.

Suitable for professionals working with children aged 3 – 8 and their communities:

  • Libraries
  • Community hubs
  • Primary schools
  • Kindergartens
  • Daycare centres
  • DV and homeless sector
  • Those wishing to build knowledge and confidence in working with diverse communities, grow skills in gentle community engagement, and to facilitate children’s and families’ participation in group activities

Participants receive:

  • A Postcards From Nanna CD and Activity Booklet to use with children and communities
  • Techniques to understand and use music to engage with children
  • Key information from VicHealth and RASA about the consequences of racism, and the benefits of cultural diversity and inclusion
  • Creative approaches to engage your community in positive conversations about cultural diversity
  • Arts-based activities and resources to foster gentle, fun, ongoing engagement with these issues in your children’s program

Program Outcomes

Post-training evaluation reveals 90% of participants experience an increase in confidence in using music and the arts in their work with kids; and 85% experience an increase in confidence engaging professionally with different cultures.

Reflections from past participants:

“The unexpected surprise was how easy it is to include cultural differences in Storytime.”

“I realise how important it is to tackle difficult questions – but it doesn’t have to be difficult.”

“I discovered I can work more on looking at the content of storybooks and detecting any bias.”

“From today I will use more interest (tempo, anticipation, pitch etc.) in my stories.”


KIND Professional Learning sessions in Hume


2017 Delivery and Funding Partner – agency:

Hume City Council


Expressions of Interest for this training


2017 delivery dates for these sessions are still being finalised. To lodge an expression of interest in receiving further information:
Please contact Nandini Bose via telephone 03 8256 9689 or by email to admin@kidsthrive.org.au