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Whiria te tāngata: Weaving a rights-based culture of inclusion in your early learning community

Many kaiako know that all tamariki have the right to an inclusive early childhood education, and that whānau have the right to actively participate in this alongside their tamariki too. However, what's not so well known is what these rights actually are, and what these look like in practice. This workshop will support kaiako to be better able to articulate and justify what children's rights are, and why and how recognising and upholding children's rights is a critical pedagogical tool for inclusion, and provide practical ideas for creating and sustaining rights-oriented inclusive early learning communities where all tamariki and whānau belong, are safe to be their authentic and unapologetic selves, and are able to thrive.

Presented by:

Kate McAnelly

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Dr Kate McAnelly is an early childhood kaiako and researcher based in Ōtepoti Dunedin. In 2022, she completed her PhD - which investigated how the early childhood learning environment works to support the active participation and learning of autistic tamariki - through the University of Otago.

Kate continues to teach in early childhood alongside researching and developing her own education not for profit, Tūranga mō ngā Mokopuna, which is focused on providing PLD that strengthens the inclusive practices of early childhood kaiako.

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