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Professionalism and identity: Who we are and what we do

By Catharine Hydon

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Catharine Hydon
Catharine has extensive experience in the early childhood sector in Australia and overseas. Beginning as a teacher in a sessional kindergarten program, Catharine has gone on to manage a range of services for children and their families.

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This webcast explores the idea of professional identity in two ways— who you are and what you do. You will ponder notions of professionalism and your identity in early childhood education and care in relation to children, families, colleagues and the community.  Educators are encouraged to stop and reflect, individually and with colleagues, on the importance of being an ethical early childhood educator in relation to element 4.2.1 of the National Quality Framework – Management, educators and staff work with mutual respect and collaboratively, and challenge and learn from each other, recognising each other’s strengths and skills.  In addition to reflecting on identity, this course asks you to consider links between professional identity and the implications of professional ethics on your practice.

During this course, educators will focus on:

  • Ponder notions of professionalism and your identity in relation to children, families, colleagues and the community.
  • Be encouraged to stop and reflect on the importance of being an ethical early childhood educator.
  • Be asked to consider the link between professional identity and the implications of professional ethics on your practice and being an advocate for the profession.
  • Explore ideas about professional collaboration and conduct.

Duration: 1 hour