Kindy songline elements

 Child

The child, represented by a bright, shining star, sits at the centre of the kindy story. They are an individual with their own thoughts and dreams, ready to begin the kindy journey.

Family

The child, again represented by the star, is at the heart of the family. Family is gathered around in love and support for the child, prepared to embark on the kindy journey together.

Community

The family is represented at the centre of this element, with the community surrounding them. It takes a community to raise a child, and they are there to support the family.

Educator

The educator sits in the centre of this element with the children around them. The yellow arrows radiating outward represent the positive effect a teacher has on the child’s development.

Play

Play-based learning is an essential and central part of kindy. Using the star again to represent a child, this element shows that the child is exploring and playing. Play is positioned next to the educator in the songline, showing that the educator facilitates play, which leads to the next element: learning.

Learning

The arrows pointing inwards and outwards represent the child forming an understanding of themselves (internal arrows), and adding to their understanding of the world around them (external arrows).

Growth

The arrows radiating out in all directions, represent that the child will be always growing in all directions. This element captures a sense of boundless opportunity for our children as they grow and learn at kindy.

Trust

The structure represents the strength of the solid foundation that is built on trust at kindy. This trust can be formed between the family and educator, or the child and educator, and underpins all the relationships developed during the songline journey.

Culture

Represented through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art symbols, culture does not enter the songline at a defined point, but is an integral part of the songline itself.

The tracks between each element

The motifs that form the Kindy songline are linked by sections of tracks. These show the movement of children and those around them through the kindy journey. They also represent the diversity of people living throughout Queensland by incorporating traditional symbols that are recognisable to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songlines.

Published — 11 October 2018 Last updated — 11 October 2018

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