Innovative Aboriginal programs for ECE

Two new programs initiated within the early childhood education sector will help support cultural affirmation and inclusion among our littlest learners. The two programs are Aboriginal Families as Teachers, and Ninganah No More.

Sarah Mitchell, Minister for Early Childhood Education & Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, announced the implementation of the new programs which will support the participation and engagement of Aboriginal families within early childhood education.

The Aboriginal Families as Teachers program aims to take strength-based approach to support Aboriginal families to build a rich home learning environment for young children. This supports active participation in early childhood education, since in the early years families are the main influence on children’s learning.

“Through a strengthened learning environment, the program will help promote literacy and numeracy at home, build families’ confidence, and enable successful transitions to school for children” said Ms Mitchell said.

Ninganah No More is a new program which aims to increase the level of Aboriginal languages being taught in early childhood services across NSW. Organisations eligible to conduct the program include Early Childhood Education service providers and recognised Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisations.

The program is aligned with other best practice changes in NSW and Minister Mitchell reiterated the importance of the programs.

“Joining a range of language programs already in place across NSW, Ninganah No More is aimed at children attending community preschools, long day care centres and mobile preschools. The program provides an opportunity for Aboriginal culture and identity to be developed and nurtured in the earliest stage of formal education across NSW,” Ms Mitchell said.

“This program will be beneficial to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children alike. Evidence shows that learning a second language has long-term developmental benefits, including improving memory, pattern recognition, problem solving and language development,” she said.

Successful applicants applying to run the programs have been advised and implementation will commence in the coming months.

If you’d like to know more about the programs, please contact the Aboriginal Services team on 9266 8215 or AboriginalprogramsECED@det.nsw.edu.au.

Category:  July 2018,

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