Happy Days Preschool & Long Day Care Centre

VISION FOR RECONCILIATION

Happy Days Preschool educators see reconciliation as meaning acknowledging past injustices and moving forward towards a more fair, equitable and positive future. It means telling the truth and coming to terms with what has occurred so that it never happens again. It means moving on with dignity and hope.

We feel that a reconciled Australia looks like a diverse nation who honours, respects and values its rich histories and shares its national identity with pride.

Reconciliation feels like a healing, an understanding and an acknowledgement that wrongs were made and need to be understood in order to move forward with respect and kindness. 

Our learning environment promotes a sense of belonging for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. At Happy Days, educators respectfully embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives as part of a holistic approach which includes signage, symbols, craft, songs and use of the Gumbaynggirr language. Educators reflect on the value of the inclusion of these embedded practices to maintain meaning and authenticity.

As individuals, we all have different opinions and beliefs based on our upbringing but we all hold the same values of seeking to show tolerance and acknowledgement in building relationships, respect and trust with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  We all follow the principles of the Early Years Learning Framework helping children develop a sense of belonging, to be shown respect, acceptance, tolerance and to show acknowledgement of their cultural identity. Reconciliation is part of our principles of care. Through incorporating meaningful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into our daily programs and teaching acceptance and tolerance for all cultures we are able to affect change for the children and families in our service and this is a powerful step in the reconciliation journey. Each educator will continue to learn from one another and we will continue to have frank and honest debates about our own beliefs and to challenge the opinions of our group and offer new understandings.

Educators will continue to reflect upon their philosophies and Inclusive policies, and embedding their commitments to reconciliation through this document and through policy directives.

 

JOIN THIS RAP
Type
Early learning service
State/Territory
NSW
Duration
June 2019 to June 2020
Actions
Action
Cultural Competence for Staff View
Welcome to Country View
Celebrate National Reconciliation Week View
Build Relationships with Community View
Teach about Reconciliation View
Explore Current Affairs and Issues View
Acknowledgement of Country View
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags View
Curriculum Planning View
Inclusive Policies View
Staff Engagement with RAP View
Cultural Competence for Students and Children View
Celebrate RAP Progress View
Teach about Days of National Significance View
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Classroom View
Local Sites, Events and Excursions View
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages View
Early Years Learning Framework - Early Learning Specific View
Opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students and Children View
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Representation on Committees View
Reconciliation Projects View
Create Stakeholder List View
Family and Community Room View
Reconciliation Network View
Visibly Demonstrate Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures View
Take Action Against Racism View
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