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"Kids in Care" Family Day Care Service Celebrates NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. Source:

Jayne and Cathy took Max and Bronte down to Newcastle to celebrate NAIDOC week this year. They were able to participate in hand painting activities, enjoyed playing drums, witnessed a smoking ceremony as well as watched a performance of traditional aboriginal dancers. They were lucky enough to have their photo taken with a young aboriginal boy who was extremely proud to share his culture with the children. Jayne describe the excursion as an "fantastic event for the children at "kids on care" to be ivolved in."

Learning Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

* Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation

* Children respond to diversity with respect Children become aware of fairness

* Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment.

From the excursion the children were supported to

  • build connections between the early childhood setting and the local community

  • promote a sense of community

  • provide opportunities for children to investigate ideas, complex concepts and ethical issues that are relevant to their lives and their local communities

  • explore the diversity of culture, heritage, background and tradition and that diversity pres

ents opportunities for choices and new understandings

  • become aware of connections, similarities and differences between people

  • listen to others’ ideas and respect different ways of being and doing.

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