European Early Childhood Education Research Journal
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This article outlines an early childhood leadership model that senior Anangu and Yapa (Aboriginal) women, living semi-traditional lifestyles in the remote desert regions of central Australia, have identified as a positive and important way forward for their children, families, governments and related professionals. The initiative – Warrki Jarrinjaku Jintangkamanu Purananjaku (Warrki Jarrinjaku), Warlpiri for ‘working together everyone and listening’ – is a collaboration between senior Anangu and Yapa women from the central desert, Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Organisation (Waltja) and the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). It is also known as the Aboriginal Child Rearing Strategy (ACRS). This article also discusses some of the key findings from the Warrki Jarrinjaku ACRS project and explores its emerging influence in early childhood practice within Australia and internationally.