Culturally Affirming Childcare in Healesville
Yarra Ranges Council, Eastern Health, Healesville Primary School, Robyn Jane, Kinderlink and HICSA are working towards establishing a culturally affirming child care precinct in Healesville. The centre will celebrate the areas where Aboriginal children do well and provide early identification of health problems and access to allied health professionals (including dental).
The centre will provide a positive role model of reconciliation for children and families. In addition to providing cultural training, in 2012 HICSA employed two engagement workers to enhance and build relationships between families and the service.
HICSA is currently completing a cultural awareness program with over 130 children engaged at Wuran Child and Family Place. Activities include dance, story telling and art work taught by local Elders, as well as a performance at the Memo Hall in April. All children have been given clap sticks to paint, and will learn a rythym which will be part of the performance coordinated by Songlines.
Go to here for more information on Wuran Child and Family Place.