The Pelican's Nest Early Learning Centre Reconciliation Action Plan journey was born through children discussing differences and similarities in one another. As educators, we have further explored this with discussions around cultures and the land in which our centre lies.
As part of our Reconciliation Action Plan, our early learning service community is also committed to learning about and educating our next genneration on reconciliation in Australia. This inlcudes understanding the concept, history and progress of reconciliation as an important part of continuing the reconciliation journey.
At Pelican's Nest, embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in curriculum planning, development and evaluation processes is also a key and ongoing consideration across all year levels and learning areas. This includes auditing and identifying opportunities for strengthening the representation of this content in our programs, such as actively seeking opportunities to engage respectfully with and recognise our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
So far we have achieved:
- Child and educators participating in an Acknowledgement of Country each and every day, showing respect to our elders past, present and future.
- Creating our very own centre painting with the children around the local area, the meaning of the land and how Caloundra was named by the Gubbi Gubbi people.
- Creation of small worlds by our educators, existing as storytelling areas of the past on our land.