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Early Learning Matters Week

Today marks the start of Early Learning Matters Week, a national initiative which raises awareness of the role of early childhood education in children’s development and wellbeing.

This week is a unique opportunity to celebrate the impact of culturally sensitive high quality early education for Indigenous children, as well as raise awareness of the impact of investing in children’s early years. It’s all about helping our children to reach their full potential.

Our three Deadly Kindys, Gundoo Mirra, Burragah and Waterford West coordinate quality early childhood education and care with our existing ATSICHS Brisbane health and social services to ensure our children are thriving in a culturally safe environment.

We also boast a Child and Family Centre which provides a community space with a range of services to help our mob, working with our families to support you and your kids. Located in Glenda Street, Waterford West, we provide a range of early childhood, parenting, health and support services. 

Early Childhood Operations Manager Bev Book, who has over 23 years experience working in the sector, said early education is one of the key factors in the long term health and financial wellbeing outcomes of a community.

“Our Deadly Kindy model sets children up for success in their transition to school,” Bev said.

“Scientific evidence shows us that there is no longer any question about whether early years education is worth the investment, it is now how we maximise the impact alongside families to ensure that children get the very best start in life.”

Early years education for children under the age of five is crucial so we know who we are and where we’re from, individually and as a community to be able tread a path into the future.

“Culture informs how we live, what our parenting looks like, how we nurture all children and a key part in remaining strong and healthy,” Bev said.

“We have a focus on providing opportunities for all children to explore their own culture, celebrate important milestones and to always embed culture specific the local traditional owners and Elders of country where the Kindy is situated.

“Our Deadly Kindys are the only specially designed early learning programs for Indigenous children in South East Queensland. Our model ensures the education is authentically offered by Indigenous and culturally aware educators and teachers where at least half the team identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and/or South Sea Islander.”

The program includes the services of a speech pathologist, as well as Family Support Practitioners and a Child Health nurse to ensure that we can offer the most holistic service to support children and their families through their early years. Our enrolments officer also provides individualised support for families to work through what can be a very challenging process for some families.

During this week we will showcase our wonderful team, our deadly programs and how we prepare our jarjums to transition to primary school.

Keep an eye on our social media pages as well as MOBnet to learn more about our program.

Below is a list of our socials accounts to visit:

ATSICHS Deadly Kindy Facebook – @deadlykindy

ATSICHS Brisbane – @atsichsbris

Instagram – @atsichsbris
Twitter – @ATSICHSBris
LinkedIn – @Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service

If you have a child or a family member turning four by June next year we want to hear from you. We have only a few more spaces for 2021 and are taking enrolments now for 2022.

For more information visit, phone 3239 5381 or get in touch with Merisha,

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