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Educators, teachers and directors from all four Northside Early Childhood Centres gathered on Saturday 10 October to learn and share with their colleagues. The second Big Ideas Day for our Centres focused on pedagogical documentation, and its place in quality early education practice.

Cate Whelband from Treehouse in the Park provided a respectful opening to the day by speaking about the work the children in her room had conducted around developing their own Acknowledgement of Country.

Harry Gill from United Voice then spoke about the next stage of the Big Steps Campaign for professional recognition and wages for early childhood educators.

The bulk of the day was two engaging and interactive workshops from Professor Deborah Harcourt, both focused on making the teaching of educators and the learning of children visible through documentation.

Educators were challenged to reflect on their current approaches to documenting their practice – what are we choosing to document, what questions are we asking about what children find meaningful and interesting?

Professor Harcourt used examples from her visits to Australian and international services to prompt discussion on the purpose of our documentation, and how it can best serve us to be better educators and teachers.

This was a fantastic opportunity for our teams, and the next step is to plan on embedding the reflections from the day into practice.

Professor Deborah Harcourt leads a workshop

Professor Deborah Harcourt leads a workshop

Educators from Civic Early Childhood Centre during a discussion session

Educators from Civic Early Childhood Centre during a discussion session

Cate from Treehouse discusses the Acknowledgement of Country developed by the children in her room

Cate from Treehouse discusses the Acknowledgement of Country developed by the children in her room

Images of learning with questions posed by workshop participants

Images of learning with questions posed by workshop participants

The Civic Early Childhood Centre team during a workshop session

The Civic Early Childhood Centre team during a workshop session

The team from Treehouse in the Park Early Learning Centre discuss their questions about the day

The team from Treehouse in the Park Early Learning Centre discuss their questions about the day

The Harrison Early Childhood Centre team discussing current approaches to documentation

The Harrison Early Childhood Centre team discussing current approaches to documentation