The Indigenous Cultural Hub (ICH) provides resources and support for ECCC services in NSW and the ACT to build their capacity to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.
ICH provides:
                   * inclusive cultural competency advice and support
                   * faciltitated 'Yarnin Circles' throughout NSW and the ACT
                   * culturally inclusive practice-based resources
These resources aim to support educators to develop more inclusive practices, policies and processes.

The Early Years Learning Framework emphasises the importance of cultural competency to support the development of every child’s sense of ‘belonging, being and becoming’. Whether you are a current educator, or training to be an educator, you should always be looking to learn more about other cultural practices and develop skills for communication, and interactions across cultures.

To find out more please contact your local Inclusion Agency Hub.
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'Yarnin Circles'

Yarnin Circles provide an opportunity for educators to come together to 'talk up' issues that they may face when making connections with their local Aboriginal community.
Yarnin Circles are initially facilitated sessions that focus on:

  • What connections have you made with your local Aboriginal community?
  • What are your past experiences with Aboriginal people/culture?
  • What Aboriginal services, groups and networks are within your community?
  • How do we form links with the Aboriginal community?
  • Providing a network of support between services in your local area.

Yarnin Circles will be encouraged to continue with support of the NSW/ACT Inclusion Agency Hubs.

Click here to express interest in participating in a Yarnin Circle.

Indigenous Cultural Hub Resources

Resources can be accessed by clicking on the titles below:

Aboriginal Dates of Significance
Aboriginal Story Stones
Aboriginal Symbols
Defining Native Title
Engaging with Aboriginal Communities
Exploring Culture

Useful Links

Click on the titles below to access information from a range of sources that may support inclusive practice:

A NSW Aboriginal Education Timeline

This timeline briefly outlines some turning points and events in NSW Aboriginal education from 1788-2007.

Aboriginal Australia Map
This website is where you can purchase the Aboriginal Australia – a breakdown of Aboriginal people countries/boundaries across Australia.

Aboriginal Australia timeline of events
An overview of events dating back from colonisation to today – Poster.

Aboriginal Land Council
As the state’s peak representative body in Aboriginal Affairs, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council aims to protect the interests and further the aspirations of its members and the broader Aboriginal community.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)
National research and information agency on children and families. Includes research, publications, online library and further links.

Care for Kids' Ears  
The Care for Kids' Ears campaign has been designed and produced by the Australian Government to increase awareness of ear disease and hearing loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Celebrating Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Services
This tip sheet encourages educators to learn more about diverse cultural practices and develop skills for communication and interactions across cultures in line with the Early Years Learning Framework.

Cultural Connections Booklet

The Cultural Connections Booklet was created by Child Australia to help teams engage in some of the key topics surrounding respecting diversity and cultural competency in the early childhood education and care sector.
Culturally Inclusive Service Assessment Tool for Early Childhood Services
This tool helps services determine how inclusive their service is for families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Crackerjack Education
Educational resources that are inclusive of culture.

Deadly Cards
The Deadly Cards explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, evoking timeless ways of knowing and being.

Deadly Tots
These resources were developed as part of the 2011 Deadly Tots project, a communication strategy to share evidence based information.

Eight Ways of Aboriginal learning poster 
A visual diagram illustrating the eight ways of Aboriginal learning.

EYLF Principle 5: Ongoing learning and reflective practice (specifically related to strengthening an awareness of Indigenous culture)
This resource aims to support educators to review their current practices in relation to the EYLF through collaborative team discussions and planning for change.

Gadi Mirrabooka Australian Aboriginal Tales from the Dreaming
Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and Mythology.

Good Beginnings
This organisation builds better outcomes for children in vulnerable communities through effective early intervention programs.
How to give a Welcome to Country

This document developed by the NSW Teachers' Federation aims to to assist teachers to show respect, understanding and to acknowledge and promote Aboriginal education.

Including Aboriginal Australia in your Service

This resource encourages educators to expand their knowledge about Aboriginal Australia in order to embrace and acknowledge Aboriginal Australia in a meaningful, respectful way.

Indigenous Resource Summary List
A summary of publications and resources and how to access them.

Kids Matter
This portal brings together a range of public resources about the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Modern Teaching Aids
MTA has a variety of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander resources.

Narragunnawali's online platform provides practical ways to introduce meaningful reconciliation initiatives resources and professional learning to support early childhood and child care services to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan.

Reconciliation Australia
Reconciliation is about building better relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) Resources
Resources to support inclusive practice Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Cultural Needs Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Fact Sheets…

The Little Red Yellow and Black book 3rd Edition
This book provides an introduction to Indigenous Australia.

Welcome to Country and Acknowledgment of Country
NSW Public School teachers prompted the development of the Federation’s ‘Welcome to Country'/ 'Acknowledgement of Country’ information brochure.

Yarn Strong Sista
Yarn Strong Sista has been an integral part of the City of Port Phillips Indigenous programs and events for children.

Resources Disclaimer

This page provides a listing of resources relating to inclusion which may be of interest to educators. The NSW/ACT Inclusion Agency aims to list inclusion-related, high quality resources from reputable sources on this page, however the NSW/ACT Inclusion Agency cannot regulate or guarantee the quality or accuracy of details, and relevance of resources listed and is not responsible for any errors or omissions. All content on this page is shared here for information purposes only and the NSW/ACT Inclusion Agency does not endorse or promote any specific resource listed on this page. Early Childhood and Child Care services should use their own professional judgements when deciding what resources will best suit their needs.