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0:02 Kindy counts because it makes the child more secure
0:10 we’re here to help to support them and to help them grow in their understanding
0:15 of their little world into the outside world. Great kindy can make such a
0:21 difference to the child’s education
0:23 I’ve seen the benefits in my own children you know it can be the start of a
0:26 great journey where they really enjoy learning so they get to play they get to
0:31 share they get to laugh or to cry they get to be disappointed they get to be
0:36 excited they get to be all of those things and they get to be children.
0:39 Kindy provides an educational program play based program.
0:44 The best thing about play is that it’s child driven, not teacher imposed, kids
0:49 are empowered, they have ownership over their play… most kindies are really trying
0:54 hard to improve the way that they engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
0:57 parents and children, one is employing more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff,
1:02 we talk a lot to the parents,
1:03 I make connections with the parents and you sort of become family
1:09 they trust you with their children so I feel it’s
1:12 an honour to be working here and obviously we have an open door policy
1:16 so we encourage those families to come in and share their culture and we’ve had
1:19 grandparents come in and do weaving with the children we’ve had artists coming
1:23 and share their art.
1:24 I’d encourage your parents to head down to their local kindy have a talk to the
1:28 educators, a parent can teach child so much, kindy teaches them that little bit
1:33 extra and
1:34 together it really works well
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.
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:
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.