Using Arts with Children to Foster Cultural Sharing

PD for Early Childhood professionals

Supported by Hume City Council

This one-day professional learning workshop (developed in partnership with Relationships Australia SA and VicHealth) will grow your capacity to engage with the cultural diversity in your community.

  • Wednesday 13 September 2017 9.30am – 4pm
  • Thursday 14 September 2017 9.30am – 4pm
  • Friday 15 September 2017 9.30am – 4pm

Hume Global Learning Centre Broadmeadows
1093 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows VIC 3047

Lunch is included.

Two women comparing hands
Ande Lemon (Kids Thrive) and Van Nguyen (Hume Community Hubs) notice the similarities and differences in their hands. One of the cultural appreciation activities Early Years professionals can use in their practice with young children and their families.

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

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

  • Libraries
  • Community hubs
  • Primary schools
  • Kindergartens
  • Daycare centres
  • Family violence and homelessness 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
Women around a table drawing
Drawing our cultural backgrounds to share as storytelling prompts

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.”


Generously supported by Hume City Council through its Community Grants program