S3 EP11: Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives in ECE and Family Day Care with Brodie Vallence
In this episode of Educator Yarns Jess chats with Brodie Vallence, co-owner of West Coast Family Day Care Service. Jess and Brodie discuss how Educators use cultural items and practices that are appropriate for only boys or girls within their practice, the role of educators and parents in developing a RAP, how Educators can avoid being tokenistic and how you can approach and build relationships with community and Elders in a respectful and appropriate way that respects their time and knowledge, yet works within a small budget. Prior to embarking on a career in Early Childhood Education and Care, Brodie had a long career within junior development and professional sport, and high level management and officiating. Brodie was WA’s first Female surfing head judge. For the past 6 years Brodie has immersed herself into the Early Childhood Education and Care sector making her experience instrumental in the operations of the West Coast FDCS. Brodie is passionate and determined that Indigenous perspectives are embedded within early childhood education, and this is reflected within West Coast and the way she raises her own children. Her knowledge of the National Regulations, Family Assistance Law and the NQS drives the governance that West Coast FDCS delivers to the Educators. This knowledge supports all aspects of practice for both the business and our Educators. She loves working with people and places great value on the relationships within the business, between the Service, Educators, children and families alike.