Hastings Preschool and Long Day Care Centre - Port Macquarie
Hastings Preschool and Long Day care centre of Port Macquarie are on a continual journey of ‘Being Brave and Making Change’. We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation and in playing our part we collectively build relationships within the centre and the community by valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their culture and embedding it in our daily program.
The Team of Hastings Preschool has the passion and understanding of acknowledging unfair and unjust issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples which has motivated us to focus on rebuilding and reconnecting culture within the centre.
This includes engaging in many conferences, webinars, local community council days, hosting workshops and visits from members of the local community to share their knowledge on Dancing, cooking, storytelling and ochre painting.
Last year An Aboriginal Liaison officer was employed and after identifying and reviewing policies regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children, these polices have been replaced with a Partnership agreement with help of a local Aboriginal Community member.
A Local Aboriginal artist has made signage for our centre regarding ‘our story and the community’.
Currently we have three female and one male Aboriginal identified Traineeships working within the centre all bringing knowledge and valued skills to the team.
Our beautiful centre, has many resources available to all such as books, dolls, fabric table runners, tapping sticks, didgeridoo, bowls, tracking stones, an outdoor foyer picture story and many more - the list is endless as we embed culture daily in our programs. The children in all age groups confidently sing our “Care for song” country understanding and respecting the land we live on (Birpai Land) and passing on our respect to past, present, and future custodians of this land.
At Hastings Preschool we are dedicated to always embrace Aboriginal diversity and are always willing to be brave and make change for a better future.