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Liam McNicholas interviews Dr Red Ruby Scarlet on LGBTIQA+ cultures in early childhood

“Mardi Gras is just one festival that the LGBTIQA+ community celebrates, and though it is Sydney based, it is the biggest queer cultural event in Australia. All states and territories have Pride marches and festivals during the year, and inevitably you’ll see all of these festivals festooned with families coming together and celebrating queer culture. It’s a colour-fest for the eyes and a joy filled experience for those who create these events, participate in them, and, more recently, report on them. Still, there are many educators who think this festival shouldn’t be part of early childhood education.

At the same time, there are many committed and enthusiastic educators and teachers who are keen to celebrate LGBTIQA+ cultures but aren’t sure how or where to start. Their hesitation is possibly due to not recognising sexuality and gender diversity as ‘culture’, however, sexuality and gender diversity is very much cultural. So in the same way we work hard to authentically embed Aboriginal, ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversities into our everyday practice, gender and sexuality are both part of these cultural diversities, and cultural diversities in their own right.”

To read the full interview, click here

14th Annual Conference - Throwing the Baby Out With the Bathwater 2018

On Saturday 28 July at Redfern Community Centre, Sydney we enjoyed an incredible day of inspiring speakers. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and efforts to either organising the day and/or presenting. A selection of presentations from the day:

SJIEC Conference Panel: Social justice, pedagogy and social media: Teachers talking social justice:
Alistair Gibbs – “When you’re sharing all of your selves, that’s when anti-bias works best”. Alistair on the power of vulnerability in embedding anti-bias practise in our work with children and families.
Stephen Gallen – Stephen respectfully (and with beauty) shared his revelations about children’s perspective and agency that deep reflection provides.
Kathy Gelding – Kathy passionately shared the beginnings of her exciting PhD research along with the important work she does with tertiary students surrounding contemporary Aboriginal art and perspectives.

Live Broadcast of The Early Education Show with Lisa Bryant, Liam McNicholas and Leanne Gibbs.

Trish Highfield – Annual Nick Murphie Memorial Keynote: children in immigration detention: Calculated cruelty – State sanctioned suffering. Trish’s fearless, shocking and heartbreaking sharing about children in detention shook us to our collective core. We are moved to listen, to reflect and to respond individually and together in anyway we possible can.
Trish Highfield

A/Prof Felicity McArdle: Keynote Address: Somethin’ about art and culture. Associate Professor Felicity McArdle asked us ‘What does art actually do and how does it work?’ We were reminded that artists have the power to shift the ways we see the world and how powerful and lasting art can be as a means of communication.
Something about arts and social justice

13th Annual Conference - Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater 2017

The 13th Annual Conference was held on Saturday 29th July, 2017 at the Redfern Community Centre, Sydney. We had a sell-out crowd and it was a fantastic day.

The program from the day can be downloaded below.

MEDIA RELEASE - Annual Conference Part 2 Melbourne, 2015

During Children’s Week, along side Community Child Care Co-operative NSW and the Ethnic Community Services Co-operative, we stood united with the Royal Children’s Hospital in advocating for child asylum seekers both on and offshore. A copy of the media release can be found and downloaded below.

Following on from this, at our annual conference today (Saturday 21 November) in Melbourne, the attendees of the conference will be finishing up the day with a group action of letter writing to our Government asking again for immediate action.

Media Release Children's Week 2015 - Children in detention

Social Justice In Early Childhood (SJIEC), Community Child Care Cooperative NSW (CCCCNSW) and Ethnic Community Services Co-operative (ECSC) stand united with the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, in advocating for child asylum seekers in detention both on and off shore. We are standing up for their rights as they face abuse and neglect. We demand that our Government release all children from detention.

Please download full media release below.

SJIEC Annual Conference MELBOURNE!

SJIEC is excited to announce we are bringing the 12th Annual Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater conference to Melbourne in November, 2015. The Sydney version of this conference, themed Gender and the Arts, received excellent positive feedback and several Melbourne attendees suggested the conference should travel interstate! So please find below the Conference Program for download, which reflects some of the presentations in Sydney and some new content for our Melbourne colleagues.

When: Saturday 21 November 2015
Time: 8.30am – 4.00pm
Where: Australian Education Union, 112 Trenerry Cres, Abbotsford, Melbourne
Cost: $50 per person, payable on the day in cash

To register, please download the Registration Form below and email it to

12th Annual Conference 2015 - Throwing the Baby Out With the Bathwater - Gender & the Arts

Wow. What a day it was.
People are still talking about it.
Facebook feed is buzzing with activity.
Letters to politicians are being written.
Big things are being planned for Melbourne…

Children in detention, refugees and asylum seekers

There are currently over 1,000 children in detention under the Abbott Coalition Government. For more details and up-to-date information, visit the ChilOut Website or follow ChilOut on Facebook. Post, email or fax your letters of objection to:

Minister Scott Morrison
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: (02) 6277 7860
Fax: (02) 6273 4144
For more contact details, visit the Scott Morrison parliamentary webpage

Prime Minister Tony Abbott
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: (02) 6277 7700
Fax:(02) 6273 4100
Online contact form Tony Abbott