“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”

History 2010

Palestine Preschool Concert

SJIEC is proud to support the Palestine Preschool Concert, a fundraising event organised for chidlren in the West Bank, Palestine. Hosted by comedian Steve Philp, come along for an afternoon of great music. Download the flyer below for details on musicians.

Date: Sunday 28 March 2010
Time: From 4pm
Where: The Annandale Hotel
Tickets: $30 at the door in or from www.annandale.com

Download: Palestine Preschool Fundraiser Flyer, Sunday 28 March 2010

History 2009

Early Years Learning Framework Practitioner Forum

ACCS NSW in association with SJIEC and ECA NSW invite you to be part of a forum: Making sense of Belonging, Being & Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia: What Does it all mean?

Thursday 20 August 2009
4.45 – 7.00pm
Hellenic Art Theatre, Building 36, 142 Addison Road Marrickville
RSVP essential to accs@iinet.net.au

Sandra Cheeseman and Jennifer Sumsion, two highly regarded authors who were members of the core writing team of the consortium awarded the tender to write the EYLF, have agreed to be part of this important initiative, engaging in an active conversation with practitioners about the document.

See flyer below for further details

Download: Flyer for the practitioner forum on the Early Years Learning Framework, Thursday 20 August 2009

History 2009

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The 2009 Conference, held at the new venue of Redfern Community Centre on Saturday 28 March, was a great success. Attendees enjoyed excellent presentations and indepth discussions throughout the day.

Download: SJIEC 2009 Conference Program

History 2008

Public Lecture - Stress and Babies in Childcare

In May, a public lecture will be given by Professor Margaret Sims, on stress and babies in childcare. The event is sponsored by Community Child Care, Semann and Slattery and the 1:4 Make it Law Campaign, and hosted by the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University. The details are:

Date: Tuesday 13 May
Time: 6.00 – 7.30pm
Where: Building E7B, Lecture Theatre 4, Macquarie University
RSVP: Rebecca Clifford, 8922 6420, Rebeccaclifford@ccccnsw.org.au

The flyer for this event is below. The lecture is free.

Download: Free Lecture - Stress and Babies in Childcare

History 2008
Uncle Lester BostockKate Gauthier - National Director, A Just AustraliaAssociate Professor Kerry Robinson & Anthony SemannSJIEC 5th Annual 2008 Conference DelegatesJohn Tansey - Executive Director, Childrens Services DirectorateBernadette Dunn - Chairperson 1:4 CampaignProfessor Jennifer Sumsion - Charles Sturt UniversityNational Issues Panel and Conference DelegatesFran Press - Charles Sturt UniversityFran Press and Marianne FenechNational Issues - On the CouchSandra Cheeseman - Macquarie UniversityProfessor Sue Grieshaber and ZSuzsa MilleiZSuzsa Millei - University of Newcastle

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This year, we are able to post items and information that came out of our conference on the website. For names and affiliations of people featured in the photographs above, run the mouse over each image and a text box will appear with information about each photo.

Watch the space below, as presenters’ slides and notes will be posted here, as well as the notes SJIEC members took on the day.

Download: SJIEC Conference 2008 - Federal Issues Section - Presentations, notes and reflections
Download: Dr Marianne Fenech - Federal Issues Section - SJIEC 2008 Annual Conference
Download: ZSuzsa Millei - Federal Issues Section - SJIEC Conference 2008
Download: Professor Sue Grieshaber - Federal Issues Section - SJIEC Conference 2008
Download: SJIEC Conference 2008 - State Issues Section - Presentations, notes and reflections
Download: Professor Jennifer Sumsion - State Issues Section - SJIEC Conference 2008
Download: John Tansey - Executive Director, Children's Services Directorate, NSW Department of Community Services
Download: A Just Australia - 10 Steps to Clean up Australia's Migration Act
Download: A Just Australia - Policy Summary for Cleaning Up Australia's Migration Act

History 2008

NSW Anti-Homophobia Interagency Conference: "That's So Gay"

Who: For teachers, students, education lecturers, student welfare workers and counsellors, parents, health workers, youth workers and other interested parties.
Date: Wednesday 16 April 2008
Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm
Where: NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills NSW
Lunch and refreshments will be served throughout the day
What: Keynote presentations will touch on key themes, which will be explored further in a range of workshop streams that will run throughout the day

More information contained in the Conference Flyer below.

Download: "That's So Gay" Conference Flyer 2008

History 2008
T Plibersek and V Firth with SJIEC at Mardi Gras

SJIEC participation in Mardi Gras 2008!

Members of the Social Justice in Early Childhood Group first participated in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in March 2001. This year, SJIEC entered a walking float in the 30th Anniversary of the Sydney Mardi Gras parade. More images are contained in the download below.

Download: SJIEC participation in the 2008 Mardi Gras parade

History 2007

Quality Assurance 2007 - 'Overhaul' News

The closing date for responses to the ‘Draft – Guide to the Standards’ was 31 October 2007. SJIEC has submitted a response which can be downloaded from the link below.

Download: The final SJIEC group response to the 'Draft - Guide to the Standards' submitted 31 October 2007 to FaCSIA.

History 2001

Sexuality and social justice: keeping the debate going

Sue Grieshaber, August 2001

Download: Sexuality and social justice: keeping the debate going; Sue Grieshaber; August 2001

History 2006

SJIEC Annual Conference 2006 - Throwing the baby out with the bathwater

Download: Conference Program 2006.pdf

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