As an Early Learning Centre, reconciliation is an important part of becoming culturally competent, connecting with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and engaging children in daily Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural experiences.
At Bedford Park, we are expanding our knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and culture past and present through our reconciliation process. Reconciliation means recognising all cultures within Australia, specifically Australia's First Nations People and to strengthen the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people.
A reconciled Australia looks like everyone understands the rights of Australia’s First People to feel valued and the right of all Australians to know the histories and cultures of the Land we call home — the Land we play on, learn through and enjoy each day. It is about acceptance of Australia’s history and seeking equity, equality, integrity and unity.
Based on our reconciliation journey and learning thus far, our next most powerful step is to provide our staff opportunities to build on their knowledge and understanding about the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and invite local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to explore and share reconciliation ideas with children, families and the staff team.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Classroom
Cultural Competence for Staff
Welcome to Country
Celebrate National Reconciliation Week
Build Relationships with Community
Teach about Reconciliation
Explore Current Affairs and Issues
Acknowledgement of Country
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags
Staff Engagement with RAP
Take Action Against Racism
Early Years Learning Framework - Early Learning Specific
Celebrate RAP Progress