Posted on November 10, 2020 / ELC
NAIDOC Week in the ELC
“Always Was, Always Will Be” is NAIDOC Week’s theme in 2020. It recognises and acknowledges that First Nations people have occupied and cared for Australia for over 65,000 years. Evidence tells us that experiences in Early Childhood have the greatest impact on a child’s school readiness and educational engagement which feed into health, social and well-being outcomes. It is essential that both Aboriginal children and non-Aboriginal children learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture because learning about diversity and building our cultural competence fosters understanding and acceptance. Every child should see themselves, their identities and culture reflected in the curriculum. It shapes who we are, who we set ourselves to be, and how we view the world around us. Representation matters.
One of the ways that we embed Koorie culture and language in ELC is through our Acknowledgement to Country which is a significant aspect to our morning group time.
This is the land, this is the sky
Here are my friends and here am I.
We thank the Wurundjeri People for the land in which we’re on.
Hands Up! Hands Down!
We are on Wurundjeri ground.
To celebrate NAIDOC Week, we will watch a milestone ABC Kids TV episode of Play School– “Acknowledgement to Country” to reinforce this learning. Using the provocations in the episode, the children will discuss and reflect on the colours of the Aboriginal flag, extending on their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with a collaborative artwork. Story-telling shares a vital role in Australian Aboriginal culture and Early Childhood, they help children to make sense of the world around them. The children will be read “Rainbow Serpent”, a traditional Dreamtime story and focus on an art-based technique known as “dotting” to create a serpent of our own.