Beyond the rainbow: Making a difference for all families

By Scott Brunelle & Marly Greenwood



National Quality Standard
QA1Educational program and practice
QA6Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
4Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
7Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


Marly Greenwood
Marly is an early childhood professional who has worked in an array of roles in the sector for almost 40 years. Marly is a volunteer with and a proud member of Rainbow Families NSW. For many years Marly has been an advocate for LGBTIQ+ parented families.
Scott Brunelle
Scott Brunelle is the founding board Co-Chair of Rainbow Families. Rainbow Families works to reduce discrimination and disadvantage faced by children of LGBTQ+ parents so they can thrive and shine.


In this course, you will learn about the diversity of families, LGBTQ+ parented families specifically and how diversity is a positive part of Australian society. You will learn how to create learning opportunities for birth to eight-year-olds that enable children to explore family diversity in an education and care setting.


In this course, you will:

  • have increased awareness that all families are different and all families need to be supported
  • have increased awareness of factors that contribute to discrimination against and disadvantage of children and families
  • have the ability to develop, create and sustain environments that are inclusive to all families
  • learn how to create learning opportunities for children to learn about family diversity.


Duration: 1 hour