Who we are and what we do: professionalism and identity in early childhood


Price $25
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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.


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. While working through this webinar, 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 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 webcast asks you to consider links between professional identity and the implications of professional ethics on your practice.

Please note: this webinar is designed to promote robust conversation amongst teams and reflect on the term professionalism. It is therefore helpful to work alongside a peer or mentor to fully engage in the intended learning of this webcast.

During this course, educators will focus on:

  • Professional collaboration and conduct
  • Being an advocate for the sector – how to advocate for families, children and the sector?
  • Being respectful and developing team collegiality through reflection.

Duration: 45 minutes. Please allow this time to view this session as your progress through the webinar cannot be saved.

Once you have completed the webcast, you will be able to print or save a certificate of completion. You can also print off power point presentation to allow for discussion with other educators. You may return to the course and revisit any elements for a 12-month period after the date of purchase. You are also able to download the slides as presented within the webinar. This webinar is suitable for educators and professionals (at all stages of their careers) working in Early childhood settings.