A community based approach
There is a group of wood-work loving men have made a home in the shed that’s in the garden, previously known as the X-men. They help us by fixing, refurbishing and repurposing a lot of our toys and furniture that has been a little “too” loved, as well as being a helpful source of information.
They also come into the garden and help us with a range of different woodworking activities. More than half of the men in the shed are hearing impaired which has provided a great platform to introduce sign language. Working with a diverse group of people within our community enables children to under their place in our community; learning to value and respect diversity encourages our children to see differences amongst individuals as both common and positive.
‘Thank-you so much for accepting me for who I am, it gives me a reason to give back to the community. It gives me such joy to be able to fix things and when you see the look on the faces of the kids, well that’s something money can’t buy’ Jim Bailey- Kardinia community men’s shed
One focus that we place high value on in our curriculum is social justice. Social justice teaches children to embrace the notion that we can challenge biases and stereotypes, while promoting inclusiveness and equity within our extended communities.
This happens in our classrooms everyday as the children learn respect and empathy, and explore similarities and differences in people, accepting each other for who we are. This is also emphasised in the social justice projects we take part in.
Over the past years we have supported many charities and local community groups through fundraising and creating awareness.
We’re big on community and searching for new ways of developing it. Why? Well, the connections a child has both to the world and to the people who are part of it become embedded within them, helping shape their inner being, their character and their world.
But a community is more than a location, it involves the quality of relationships that connect people across places. Connecting with our community is a reciprocal relationship that enhances everyone’s wellbeing and sense of belonging.
All our nursery classrooms run a ‘Hug a Bub’ program, where they have a local retired resident come spend some time in the classroom. This program was introduced after researching the benefits of touch for infants. Current research shows the importance of sensory stimulation for development. Skin contact such as hugging, holding and cradling is one of the most important stimulation required for development of a heathy brain. Not only does this program benefit our children, it also is a great way to connect with our local community residents whom all really look forward to the program each week.
In the spirit of respect, Kardinia Childcare and Kindergarten recognises the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia as the Traditional Custodians of the Land. We pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and future