The Reconciliation Award is about respectful relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Building positive relationships with Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander families and children providing a learning environment where their culture is respected and embedded in everyday practice.
The vision at Goodstart Elizabeth Vale is to have a culturally safe environment where everyone feels welcome and they aim to ensure all families, children and educators feel accepted and included. The team have developed and continue to foster respectful relationships with their local Aboriginal community to provide children with a greater knowledge and understanding of Australia's First Peoples.
Elizabeth Vale have created a community where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families feel welcomed and respected in an inclusive environment which celebrates and encourages all families to share their knowledge and experiences. This practice embodies the culture of the centre and enables families to be active partners with educators in their child’s learning journey. Supporting families and their culture empowers Educators as advocates and promotes reconciliation and education for ATSI Peoples and our community.
Every Educator has a role to play in reconciliation. The team at Elizabeth Vale are committed to providing a high-quality program which celebrates and consistently acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and culture. They have created a culturally safe and inclusive space for all families to support them in feeling safe and secure.
Covid has been a challenge this year as the centre has been unable to run their Nunga playgroup which has been running successfully since 2018. The playgroup helps to support Aboriginal families in partnership with the local Aboriginal health service and local elders. This year, educators have connected with families online to check in and give families ideas for fun educational experiences at home like cooking, how to make playdough and craft experiences. This online platform has helped families continue to feel connected to the centre and educators through these unprecedented times.
Elizabeth Vale have made positive connections with their local elder village, where they take the kindy children once a month to visit the elders. The children participate in different experiences such as reading stories, dancing and painting with the elders.
Every morning Educators and children do an Acknowledgement of Country to show their respect to ATSI People and cultures. This aims to support children in developing a deep understanding and respect for the history and culture of ATSI Peoples. The educators are continuously reflecting on ATSI practices to ensure they are maintaining an inclusive environment for all children.
Congratulations to the team at Elizabeth Vale for being recognised for the second year in a row for their commitment to reconciliation.