The Critical Reflection Conference (Sunshine Coast), Maroochydore Surf Club, Tuesday, 12. November 2019

Critical reflection is a key feature of the National Quality Framework, as it strongly influences quality in education and care settings, and contributes to ongoing quality improvement.  Educators who understand how to critically reflect on practice are able to identify areas for practice improvement and contribute to improved learning and development outcomes for children. Both the EYLF and MTOP refer to ongoing learning and reflective practice as one of the principles that effective education and care is influenced by. This is also highlighted in Element 1.2.3 of the National Quality Standard - ‘critical reflection on children’s learning and development, both as individuals and in groups, is regularly used to implement the program’. However, Standard 1.2 is currently an area that around 20 % of service across Australia fail to meet, according to current ACECQA data. This conference is designed to build educator's capacity to understand what it means to critically reflect on practice. During the day, we will:

Learn about what makes reflection critical.

Apply the principles of critical reflection to practice scenarios.

Think about how our own perspectives influence our curriculum decisions, and learn how to recognise them.

Consider strategies to build a culture of inquiry at your service, to support ongoing critical reflection.

Learn about the links between critical reflection and improved learning and development outcomes for children.

Discuss how to make critical reflection evident in your practice, so that you can be confident in demonstrating this in Assessment and Rating.

  Come and join us for this full day event, and leave with confidence and strategies to implement at your service the very next day......
Morning tea and Lunch included.

Jennifer Ribarovski has over thirty years’ experience in the education and care sector. Her roles have included NSW State Operations Manager for the NSW Regulatory Authority, with her work largely focussed on the roll out and implementation of the NQF in NSW, and training Authorised Officers to assess and rate centres against the National Quality Standard. Following this role, she was then contracted to work for the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as a senior advisor. Her work included developing online training modules for authorised officers nationally, **** to **** training of authorised officers nationally and professional development of authorised officers in relation to assessing and rating services against the NQS. Jennifer also trained authorised officers across Australia in the assessment and rating process and worked with state and territory governments on national policy in the implementation of the National Quality Framework.
As Managing Director of JR Education Consulting Services, Jennifer provides support, guidance, professional development and conference presentations for the education and care sector across Australia and internationally.  She has delivered professional development sessions to over 3,000 educators across Australia and has a unique ability to translate the theories of early childhood education into practice in accessible and supportive ways. Jennifer is also currently contracted to Sydney University to design and deliver units of study to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in early childhood education programs. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and a Master of Educational Leadership and Management with Distinction.

Tuesday, 12. November 2019, Maroochydore Surf Club, The Critical Reflection Conference (Sunshine Coast)

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