Feeling like they belong
0:05 The song’s called Wolbamore and the language it’s in is Guugu Yalandji.
0:40 My name is Dean Brady. My skin name is Djirajinga and my mob on my dad’s side is Guugu
0:50 Yalandji and on my mum’s side is Zimbabwe.
1:22 I sing and go around Australia to do gigs and stuff.
1:31 I’d like to be able to – not to become really,
1:35 really big, but just to – at family parties and stuff, that when they ask me to sing I
1:42 can just sing a song, come back and I’ll probably – most likely get like an ice cream or something
1:48 from my parents.
1:51 I just like to sing in front of my family,
1:54 because they just help me and they laugh and they smile, and they just encourage me just
2:02 to know that my family are always there for me, because we’re just a big Aboriginal family.
When children feel a sense of belonging, they develop confidence and self-identity.
A child learns and develops a sense of identity through their relationships and experiences at home, family interactions and their environment. As they play, learn and try new things, they will develop an understanding of their own identity.
It is important for children to develop an understanding of themselves as significant and respected in order to develop pride and strength in their own personal and cultural identity, as well as respect for others.
Quality early childhood education and care services create a sense of belonging for all children, through an inclusive and respectful environment. Having members of the local community become involved in the service allows strong connections to be made.
There are a range of services in Queensland, including kindergarten, out of hours school care, long day care, family day care or child and family centres, which can provide educational programs and care for children from birth to school age.
Services work to incorporate aspects of local culture in the facility design or through the use of music, art or cooking activities. Each service is different, so it’s a good idea to talk to your local service about how they support cultural identity.
Developing a sense of belonging from a young age allows children to feel confident in exploring new ideas, engaging in learning and being self-expressive. Together we can set them up to be strong leaders in the future.
Video originally sourced from the DET Foundations For Success website, providing additional guidance to the Early Years Learning Framework for the delivery quality early learning programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.