Initiating a Reconciliation Action Plan: Where do I start?



National Quality Standard
QA3Physical environment
QA4Staffing arrangements
QA6Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
2Know the content and how to teach it
3Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
6Engage in professional learning


This course will introduce early childhood professionals to the concept and context of reconciliation in early childhood education within Australia, and where to start when initiating a Reconciliation Action Plan. This course can also support practitioners in leadership roles to understand the Reconciliation Action Plan process and best support their team in initiating developing and implementing a Reconciliation Action Plan.


Participants will become familiar with Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education program and online platform, which has tools and resources to support schools and early learning services to meaningfully contribute to the reconciliation movement.


This course will describe how early learning services can initiate developing a Reconciliation Action Plan on the Narragunnawali platform. Early childhood professionals will be guided to access professional learning and curriculum resources to support their pedagogical practice. Whilst initiating the Reconciliation Action Plan process, practitioners will be encouraged to engage with, and consider deliverables, actions and relevant supporting resources.


We recommend that practitioners new to the reconciliation space begin their journey by completing the course, ‘Reconciliation in children’s education and care: Taking the first steps’ available on the ECA Learning Hub before commencing this course. This will provide sufficient knowledge as a foundational basis for reconciliation in early childhood.


Sign up to the Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education platform before completing this course, to ensure you are better equipped to begin your reconciliation journey.


After completing this course, you will be able to apply the following learning outcomes.

  • Understand the concept and context of reconciliation early childhood within Australia, and the importance of reconciliation in education by developing a Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Explore the relevance and application of reconciliation and having a Reconciliation Action Plan within early childhood education and care settings, as reflected in national standards and curriculum frameworks.
  • Discover how to use the Narragunnawali platform to develop and implement a Reconciliation Action Plan, and to access aligned professional learning and curriculum resources to support both pedagogical practice and children’s learning towards your reconciliation journey.