“The Social Justice Group has an interesting history. It arose out of a number of groups that were operating before 1995 focusing on Anti Bias issues. 1995 was the ‘International Year of Tolerance’ and a number of people within these groups were invited to get together to organise a conference addressing related early childhood issues within the ‘International Year of Tolerance’. The conference was a huge success, though more importantly, those of us who were part of the conference organising committee (Betty Hopson, Leonie Arthur, Kerryn Jones, Sandra Cheeseman, Louise Brennan, Chris Legg, Anthea Hotten) found that we really enjoyed working together. We were like minded people that had particular views around social justice issues and so we felt inspired through the organisation of the conference. At the completion of the conference we had a wrap up session where we wanted to evaluate the conference…and that’s how the group began”
On Monday 5 May 2014, the University of Newcastle hosted a mini-conference co-organised by SJIEC, Hunter Early Childhood Australia and the University of Newcastle, and led by Dr Zsuzsa Millei from the School of Education. The mini-conference explored ways in which we all can engage in political activism and how children’s rights to quality care and education could be translated into everyday practices in settings.
The conference was open to early childhood practitioners, service providers, academics, students, parents and those who influence decision making in relation to early childhood provisions. There were 50 people from the Hunter region in attendance.
Please see below the Conference Program, Summary Notes compiled from all the presentations and discussion, and the presentations of several speakers. The key organiser, Zsuzsa Millei, has also allowed us to publish an opinion piece that relates to the theme of the event.
Thank you to the inspiring and thought-provoking keynote speakers who generously contributed to the SJIEC conference this year: Prof Kerry Robinson (University of Western Sydney), A/Prof Felicity McArdle (Charles Sturt University), Prof Jayne Osgood (London Metropolitan University), Dr Linda Knight (Queensland University of Technology), Tamara Cumming (Charles Sturt University) and Dr Red Ruby Scarlet (SJIEC). And we also thank everyone who attended and participated and made the day what it was. Hope we see you all again next year!
Proceedings from the conference available below. Thank you to all the speakers for an inspiring day and thank you to the conference attendees who participated and engaged with the ideas. We really enjoyed our 10 year celebration of SJIEC conferences, and thanks to Sue for the fabulous vegan green and purple birthday cakes!
November 17 2012 is National Big Steps Day!
It’s a day for families, the sector and the wider community to celebrate and support the fantastic work of early childhood educators. Free family fun days are being held in every capital city. Find your local event and register your attendance at The Big Steps website
For NSW people, here are the details:
When: Saturday 17 November 2012
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Where: Hyde Park North, Sydney (near the Archibald Fountain)
What: A pram parade, children’s entertainment, music and fun activities. Wear your Big Steps t-shirt or something red, and bring a picnic!
For the NSW program, see below.
The 2012 Annual Conference was held on Saturday 2 June at the Redfern Community Centre, Sydney (the Conference Program available below). We had a great day being inspired by the teachers’ panel, three keynote speakers and a closing panel on the application of theory.
The 8th Annual Conference was a great success and we would like to thank the presenters and all those who attended for their enthusiasm and involvement. The On the Couch session produced some important discussion, and ultimately, a long ‘to do’ list for everyone to take action on pertinent issues. Please see below for the notes taken during the couch session – this document contains suggestions for action for all conference attendees and SJ members.
SJIEC submitted a response to the exposure draft of the National Standards and Law in April 2011. A PDF of the response can be downloaded below.
We are pleased to release the program for the 8th Annual Conference. The details are below:
When: Saturday 4 June 2011
Where: Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo St, Redfern
Time: 8.30am – 4.00pm
Cost: $35 per person, payable in cash on the day
Register: Complete the registration form attached below and email to:
Link to Google maps of venue location: Click here
We hope to see you there!
The 7th annual conference was held on Saturday 5 June 2010 at Redfern Community Centre, Sydney. We had one of our biggest conferences ever, including both the number of presenters and the number of attendees.
Participants were treated to a huge range of topics covered in workshops and keynote addresses. A smorgasboard of warm soup was dished up for lunch during which the pre-launch of Talkin’ up and speakin’ out was held (see below for more details).
Overall, we had exceptional positive feedback from attendees and we thank all those who attended and made the day a true success. Thank you also to all the presenters who contributed their time and energy into preparing their provocative and inspiring presentations.
The SJIEC 2010 Annual Conference was proud to host the pre-launch of Talkin’ up and speakin’ out: Aboriginal and multicultural voices in early childhood, edited by Dr Miriam Giugni and Kerry Mundine, published by Pademelon Press.
Many of the book’s authors were in attendance at the conference as both organisers, presenters and attendees. Associate Professor Kerry Robinson and Dr Criss Jones Diaz from the University of Western Sydney spoke in high regard for the editors and contributors. The order form can be downloaded below.