Creating a sense of belonging at kindy

Having a strong connection with the community is important for kids to feel safe and welcome, so it’s great when parents and caregivers get involved in the kindy community.

Kindy learning environments are safe places where your little ones can learn and make friends in the year before school. They learn about themselves and the world around them through play, where they can have ownership over their play.

The programs are designed to be vibrant places to inspire and engage children, while remaining flexible around families and the needs of individual children. Kindy is the start of a journey, where kids enjoy learning.

The qualified early childhood educators at kindy make sure all children are included in games and learning activities, and help little ones to be part of a caring, fair and inclusive community.

 

Get involved in your child’s kindy community

When parents and families become involved in the kindy community, they help enrich cultural aspects and community ties, and have a say in how their little ones learn. If you want to, you can pop in and have a chat with your local early childhood educators about how to get involved.

There are also some everyday ways you can get involved in your local community’s kindy programs to help make the transition easier for your child and strengthen community ties:

  • Take your child to and from kindy and talk to them about what they do each day.
  • Talk about the games they played, what they learned about and the friends they made.

Showing your little ones that you are interested in what they learned and what they did can build self-esteem and help them take pride in learning.

There may be kids from a different cultural background there as well, and you can talk to your child about the differences between people and teach them respect for different cultures. Knowing that there are different cultures can help your little ones understand and take pride in their own cultural identity.

Published — 31 August 2016 Last updated — 13 January 2017