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Why Reflect?

February 1, 2021

An Introduction to our weekly pedagogical provocations.

About this project

Each week we will post a provocation to incite reflection, critical thinking, & quality improvement.

Reflect with us online, with your team or use these questions to personally reflect on your practice.

Definitions

Educator: 

An individual who provides education and care for children as part of an education and care service (National Law).

Pedagogy

Educators’ professional practice, especially those aspects that involve building and nurturing relationships, curriculum/program decision-making, teaching and learning (My Time Our Place, p. 42).

Provocation

To incite critical thinking, often leading to robust debates.

Philosophy

A statement the approved provider of an education and care service must develop and include in their Quality Improvement Plan. It is designed to guide all aspects of the service’s operations. It must be available to the staff members of the service and on request to parents of children enrolled at the service or who are seeking to enrol a child at the service (National Regulations).

What will we be covering?

We will be reflecting on a range of topics including:

  • Philosophy
  • Policy and compliance
  • Educational program and practice
  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Child Safe Environments
  • Inviting environments for children
  • Staffing
  • Supervision and safety

Get involved

Critically reflecting with other OOSH professionals can be highly beneficial. We would love for you to get involved and reflect with us weekly. Share:

  • your thoughts, opinions and questions
  • how your team has reflected
  • resources & tips
  • your questions – You may even want to just ask for more resources on the topic!
  • the hashtag #ooshprovocations

Why reflect?

Part of our role as Educators is to critically reflect on our practice. When we reflect on practice, we often ask ourselves questions such as:

  • Why did I do that?
  • Why didn’t I do that?
  • What worked and why?
  • What didn’t work and why?
  • Was anyone disadvantaged?
  • Do I need to change this practice?
  • How will I change this process and why?

It is important when we critically reflect that we consider the topic from multiple perspectives by collating current industry practices & theoretic knowledge which can then be used to make purposeful changes to our practice.

Stay tuned for our weekly blog posts and social posts as we reflect weekly on our practice

Acknowledgement of Country

At Firefly HR, we acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we work & connect with you from today. As a base, Firefly HR connects from the land of the Garigal or Caregal people, and would like to acknowledge all 29 clan groups of the Eora Nation.

At Firefly HR, we connect – although online, and meet by story sharing, learning, taking on non verbal queues, deconstruct and reconstruct information, and move in non linear directions at times. We use symbols without realising, and link with our own land and community.

This is all interconnected. We are utilising Aboriginal pedagogy with these processes and in our daily work.

We acknowledge the land that we are on today has been the core of all spirituality, language, knowledge, and sacred sites. This knowledge is what us and others need to embrace to ensure a future for our children and our children’s children.

We need to hear, respectfully, and listen.

As a guiding principle to the National Quality Framework that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are valued, we are working on building the foundations here and believe a strong, meaningful acknowledgement of country is important.