C&K Mooloolaba Early Childhood Centre
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Yates Garden Project
Five weeks ago we joined the Yates Gardens Project and embarked on learning about healthy food and sustainability. The program involves teaching children about growing their own food through a hands-on-experience. The children have been heavily involved by planting their own seeds and maintaining their plants to become fruitful. We have now seen some beautiful flowers blossom and are keenly waiting for the fruit and vegetables to sprout. We are hoping to have enough fruit and vegetables to sell at our very own stall.
Here at C&K Mooloolaba we are determined to improve our environment and increase sustainability.
Connecting to land and culture.
C&K staff member's Mardi Hamilton and Ellarna Kidd, had been invovled in a life changing project called" Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Perspectives into child care settings". This involved meeting once a month in Brisbane with inspiring people from around Queensland, working in long day care, Occassional , Family Day Care and After School Care. The experince taught us ways to, stop, listen and observe and to allow time to take in what nature has to offer while learning the history of Autralia's first people. By understanding and learning the history of Australia we are better prepared to share this with our colleges.
Determined to help close the gap, we, as a centre started to put in place small changes, including installing an ackowledgment plaque, holding a Harmony Day, erecting flags from the federal department, and embedding these ideas througout our programming and observations.
We realised C&K is a big organisation and what better way to close the gap than to start doing this throughout our centres. By contacting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative , we were able to make contact with Hopevale Kindy. As you could imagine we were very excited that Hopevale responded. We are in the baby steps of communication but have already shared stories and achievements from both centres.
Read the PenPal letters here.
We are hoping from this connection , we as a centre will learn from Hopevale Indigenous children, about their culture and help to enlarge our knowledge and share our stories.
Recently acquired a Coles-Junior Landcare Grant for a Kitchen Garden for the Centre and it's families.