Our little ones are future leaders
0:11 With the Torres Strait Islander children here, I think allowing them to express themselves
0:16 both, culturally and personally, to continually reinforce the things that their substantial
0:22 learnings that they bring from home, is really important. Allowing them to speak their language
0:27 and to express to those things, and to be involved as an outsider, as someone who’s
0:34 not a culture bearer, to actually be involved in their world and to show respect and – more
0:40 than respect, I think it’s like that you build their curriculum around where they come from
0:46 and who they are, and I think that’s how they build confidence, that’s how they build resilience.
0:52 This is a society that, or community that seems to place a lot of emphasis on relationships.
0:59 I think it’s that interwoven relationships that are here, that everyone has a context,
1:04 everyone has a place, everyone has a respect for each other, and more about who you are
1:10 than what you do or what you are. Painting then you come tell Ms May your story.
1:19 All right. Yeah.
1:29 Sixty- six
1:30 Sixty-six, ah, All right. Okay, Didong, okay tell me your painting. Come sit on here.
1:38 When… When…
1:40 Me pla..me pla
1:42 be swim
1:47 Thank you Didong.
1:56 We are isolated geographically up here. The children are – often their experience is just
2:01 this island. More often than not we’re focusing more on their place here, and the way they
2:07 are connected to family and community here, so they can have a really strong sense of
2:14 belonging here, so that when they do go outside of this community, that they – that that follows
2:20 on from there.
2:23 Look here. Look here.
2:25 What are them?
2:55 We also need to be able to provide these experiences and activities for the children to – for them
3:02 to become strong people. To come – for them to be able to express their feelings in a
3:09 way that’s going to be acceptable later on down the track. So, learning how to share,
3:14 respecting your teachers, respecting your fellow students in the room, being confident
3:19 enough to go to the toilet, being confident enough to ask for help when they can’t pull
3:24 their trousers up. You know, and for us to provide an area where they can do that without
3:30 being ridiculed, without being put down.
3:42 Always tell the pre-prep [children] when we
3:43 sit together and talk and, I tell them that in the long run you must teach like, try very
3:52 hard to – to reach your goal. You must become like Miss May, as a teacher, or as a doctor, or
4:01 nurses, or anything. I say to them, but first you must complete all your goals, all
4:10 activities, everything, until you reach to that. So I – I hope that they will become
4:18 a teacher one day, that teaches my grandson’s son, or daughter.
Supporting little ones to learn at an early age means they can be confident and capable community members later in life.
Little ones learn through experiences at home (from birth), at early childhood education and care services and programs like kindy (the year before school).
The positive relationships a child has with you and other family members in the early years will shape their understanding of social skills in future years.
When children have a sense of belonging and feel connected to their world, they develop confidence and resilience. They learn to listen and share ideas, be part of a team, build positive relationships, and will have the confidence to try new things.
When children feel confident, engaged and supported, they feel confident to learn and will build a love of learning for life.
At an early childhood education and care service
There are lots of ways quality services can help children feel comfortable and safe to play and learn.
Having a supportive environment is important for little ones to learn, as they try new ideas, develop skills and build relationships (respect, friendships, values). Sometimes it may take a few goes to get the hang of something new, but by trying again they learn resilience and by asking for help they learn about relationships in the community.
At a quality early childhood education and care service, children can develop a strong sense of identity, feel connected to their world and have a sense of wellbeing as they become confident communicators and involved learners.
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.