Reconciliation in children’s education and care: Taking the first steps

By Catharine Hydon and Joanne Goodwin



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


Catharine Hydon
Catharine Hydon is the Director and Principal Consultant at Hydon Consulting. She has a master’s degree in early childhood education and extensive experience in the sector.
Joanne Goodwin
Joanne (Jo) Goodwin is a descendant of the Wonnarua peoples and was born in Singleton, NSW. Jo has extensive experience in the early childhood profession and has worked nationally with a range of not-for-profit organisations and governments to lead innovative programs for children, their families and communities.


Exploring reconciliation in early childhood education and care settings can be an extremely powerful way of teaching children about culture and introducing them to concepts such as respect, equity and justice.  


This course will help you take your first steps towards embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and reconciliation into your daily practice. By referencing the truth about Australia’s history, this course explains how knowledge and personal beliefs may impact your experience of reconciliation and how they form the foundation for building reconciliation in education and care practice.