National award for Koori Curriculum

Koori Curriculum founder Jessica Staines

The Koori Curriculum, based at Wyoming, has taken top gong in the Education Services category of the 2023 Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards.

The business was presented with a customised statuette trophy and certificate as a nationally-recognised industry leader at the awards ceremony on Saturday, September 23.

The Koori Curriculum is an Aboriginal early childhood consultancy facilitating a range of professional development programs and workshops for educators to help guide the inclusion of Aboriginal perspectives in early childhood curriculums.

It was founded by Jessica Staines, a Wiradjuri woman, early childhood teacher and passionate educational community member, with ties to many advocacy groups on both national and international platforms.

“We provide education services and products, to help early childhood educators and families embed First Nations perspectives in their teaching and the day-to-day lives of Australian children,” she said.

“While it’s essential for children to be exposed to and educated on the First Nations history and culture of Australia, many educators are hesitant to deliver this teaching for fear of getting it wrong or causing offence.

“This is where we step in.

“We support early childhood educators to improve their cultural capacity and their confidence.

“To do this, we’re committed to creating new and diverse ways to reach educators across Australia and the world, adding to the ever expanding suite of products and services including podcasts, educational resources, exclusive publications, webinars, online summits, conferences, in-services and planning days, and a dedicated membership program for educators.

“The products available in our online shop are provided by First Nations partners and suppliers, making it easy for early childhood educators and centres to access Aboriginal stories, toys and teaching aids.”

The company contributes to communities across Australia as well as locally.

Central Coast clients include: Niagara Children’s Centre, Umina Child Care Centre, Little Coast Kids Wyong, Little Coast Kids Toukley and Kariong Child Centre.

This year marks the second consecutive year of the Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards – a prestigious and comprehensive program celebrating the growing number of Australia’s most inspiring and influential women in small business.

“There’s no doubting the rising success of female-led small businesses from all corners of this country,” said Steve Loe, the Awards Founder and Managing Director of Precedent Productions which co-ordinates the Awards.

Precedent Productions has been running the Australian Small Business Champion Awards since 1999, creating the stand-alone female-focussed awards program to recognise Australia’s female business trailblazers.

The Awards saw thousands of entries this year and honoured the achievements of a total of 65 category winners from a broad cross-section of industries.

Chuckle Communications