‘My Friend Has Two Mums’ – an online professional learning course exploring gender and sexuality in early childhood
As society changes, the issues we face in early childhood change. Things we may have never thought of impacting on our work, now do. Things like sexuality and gender.
Our services are now working with children who identify with a different gender, with same sex parents, with openly gay and lesbian educators. And, importantly how we deal with these issues are part of the National Quality Standard!
But how do we learn about them? We now know a lot more about gender and sexuality than we probably did when you studied at Uni or TAFE. But, till now, there has never been a course where you could learn about things such as:
• how to do inclusion right for children and families of all genders and sexualities
• what the I in LGBTI+ actually means
• unknowing discrimination of children and families
• rainbow families
• heterosexual, lesbian, and, gay educators
But now there is.
‘My friend has 2 mums’: exploring gender and sexuality in early education and care, is the course you need to learn all the things you’ve wondered about.
The best things about this course?
1. It’s inexpensive. Only $220 for the whole course.
2. You can do it from home. You will receive access to 13 videos to watch, readings, practical tasks, and Dr Red Ruby Scarlet’s ongoing support via Zoom meetings to talk you through the topic areas and to answer any questions.
3. You can fit it in. The course is available to you for 12 months to watch at your leisure.
4. It’s delivered by subject matter experts. People like Professor Kerry Robinson, Anthony Semann, Nana Miss Koori – 13 different presentations in all.
5. It’s practical. It will relate to your service, your role, your children, your colleagues, now.
6. It’s NESA approved. If you are a NSW teacher you receive 20 hours accredited training for this one course.
7. It’s a MutiVerse course. It’s been developed by Dr Red Ruby Scarlet so it will be fun, lively, colourful, and practice driven.
Course Content and Presenters:
The content videos will consist of interviews between Dr Red Ruby Scarlet and those listed below:
Module 2. The National Quality Framework – Nicholas Stewart
Module 3. Putting Inclusive Policies in Place – Anthony Semann
Module 4. Using Anti-Bias Approaches – Jill Huntley
Module 5. A Transgender Early Childhood Educator – Sharon Priestley
Module 6. Heterosexuality as an Identity – Michael McGirr
Module 7. Transitioning as Parents – Teighan & Tammie Cosier
Module 8. Queer Pedagogies – Stephen Gallen
Module 9. Intersex Identities – Dr Agli Zavros-Orr
Module 10. Living Non-Binary – Danny Xanadu
Module 11. Leadership and Life – Sarah Louise & Ace Dean
Module 12. Aboriginal Queerness and Queeness – Nana Miss Koori/Graham Simms
Module 13. Rainbow Families – Ashley Scott and Cathy Brown
Expert videos, readings, and tasks, will be discussed and your questions can be posed there for Dr Red Ruby Scarlet who will host a Zoom meeting intermittently to support you with the content. Tasks are encouraged for all participants for deep learning and are necessary for those claiming NESA hours in NSW.
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Testimonials from past course participants
Through this learning our service has been able to build on our sexuality and diversity resources and policy, develop LGBTQIA+ support networks, and look at our paperwork through a queer lens to build on our inclusive practice. I strongly endorse this course for all early childhood professionals, as you will gain so much from the content both individually and for your service.”
As a group of educators accessing the course together it encouraged and inspired reflective conversations and deep thinking. We could each unpack and discuss our own learning and how it related to our service. It was some of the smallest comments or insights in the course content that have remained with me and had the biggest impact. A brilliant course with inspirational content with thoughtful personal delivery!”
This course is the full package -
- get clear explanations and demystifications of sex, gender, orientation, and the ways we identify ourselves on the spectrum of human sexuality
- consider what this beautiful rainbow spectrum means in our practice and what thinking we may need to shift or expand to see from new (child and adult) perspectives
- critique the messages that mainstream binaryheterornormativestandards send to children from birth and the exclusion that is all around us (once you see it clearly, you see it everywhere… you know? ‘I see heteronormatively-biased people. All the time. Walking around. They don’t know they’re biased...’)
- learn a squillion affirming strategies – from tweaking forms to reflect family reality, to resourcing and supporting play, to advocating with your peers (you won‘t be a lone voice in this…you’ll have Red and a great group of interactive kindred colleagues along with you on your journey).
- hear from academics, practitioners, families, lawyers (well, one), artists –pioneers in our diverse landscape whose lived experiences add priceless richness to this important learning.
I didn’t quite expect the impact this course would have on my personal and professional selves! (Intrinsically ‘entwingled‘ as they are 😉).
I have learnt so much, (aka blown my mind) and as well as working away at changing aspects of practice in my current workspace, I am now looking at moving into this area of work in the early childhood and community sector. I have growing engagement with the Queer community, have challenged lil ol‘ me to live my own authentic self, have been on a beautiful advocacy journey with one of my offspring, have met amazing new people and learned first-hand how demystifying and celebrating diverse gender and sexuality is the only route that makes sense.
This course is a springboard for diving into wonderful new waters! Truly transformative!
(Red, thankyou from the bottom, sides and top of my heart for all the you you have put into this ground-breaking course!)
The online flexibly format is wonderful for those working, allowing you to review and think, taking it all in. The course has made me think and review and reassess our practices, our environments and our language.
I have waited with anticipation for the next component of the course, excited to hear more and learn from others.”
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