Embedding reconciliation in everything they do at Blackwood
The team at Goodstart Blackwood have recently published a Reconciliation Action Plan and have used it to support families and educators to understand the importance of working towards reconciliation every day.
At Goodstart Blackwood, reconciliation is promoted every day in their routines, experiences and representation in the environments. The backyard is designed to represent the Rainbow Serpent Dreamtime Story - a giant snake winds through the yard, its back is a walking path and the head is decorated with a colourful mosaic made of tiles.
Every morning at circle time the children are welcomed to the centre by singing the Nina Marni Welcome song. This is something the children really enjoy, singing along and doing the actions.
The Educators set up dedicated experiences to enhance children’s understanding of all cultures and have meaningful discussions centred around family cultural backgrounds.
The centre is also involved in the Blackwood Reconciliation Group and attend events they organise such as the tree planting event at Colebrook Reconciliation Park.
There is a Map of Country displayed in the hallway at the centre which one of the families kindly took home and made a custom wooden frame for it.
The team at Blackwood look forward to continuing their journey to embedding reconciliation in to everything they do at the centre.