Reconciliation Action Plan launched at childcare centres

Perth MHR Patrick Gorman, Bayswater Child Care Association Chair Sally Palmer, manager Ann Mills, William Hayward, manager Maria Stella, Silverwood Centre parent advisory committee chair Nikki Staveley and Mayor Dan Bull.
Perth MHR Patrick Gorman, Bayswater Child Care Association Chair Sally Palmer, manager Ann Mills, William Hayward, manager Maria Stella, Silverwood Centre parent advisory committee chair Nikki Staveley and Mayor Dan Bull.

CHILDREN at seven childcare centres in the City of Bayswater will learn more about indigenous culture as part of a new push towards reconciliation.

The Bayswater Child Care Association launched its Reconciliation Action Plan at an event on July 11.

Centres including Derrick Ernst Neighbourhood Centre in Morley will embed indigenous culture into educational programs as part of the plan.

Social worker and child family services specialist William Hayward and Pioneers Aboriginal Corporation managing director Donna Nelson helped formed the plan.

They hosted training days in the classroom and at Point Walter, where they took the staff on a dreaming trail and shared stories.

Managers Ann Mills and Maria Stella.

Occasional care and out of school care manager Ann Mills said children would be taking part in various cultural activities including Dreamtime books, art and puzzles.

Children’s services manager Maria Stella said they hoped the children could share what they learned with their families.

Mr Hayward said early childhood educators had a significant influence in instilling reconciliation among children.

“I am very pleased with the strong commitment has been made to nurture and build reconciliation in the hearts and minds of children at the most critical developmental milestones,” he said.

“The efforts will have a enduring positive influence that time will return with great fruits.

“It is a work that all Australians linked to the Bayswater Child Care Association should embrace and celebrate.”

More news