Premier Early Learning Centre Moruya works towards cultural reconciliation

Cultural recognition has always played an important role in the regular lesson program at Premier Early Learning Centre Moruya but after attending an inclusive practise workshop, Centre Manager Diona Driver decided there was more their centre could do.

Together with her team of educators, Diona developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with the Narragunnawali program, which encourages a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.

“Creating a RAP was something very important to us, not only for our staff but the children and their families as well,” Diona says.

Completing a RAP takes time and self-reflection, with the team identifying their centre’s areas of improvement, then carefully selecting 15 actions points to address these areas.

Premier Early Learning Centre Moruya is part of the national Lifelong Learning Centres network, and their RAP is a ‘Healthy Communities initiative.

“We’re already underway with our RAP, having completed several actions already, including displaying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and creating an acknowledgement to country for our centre,” Diona says.

The centre is currently working on their eye-catching reconciliation wall which will be visible to all the children and families as they enter the centre. Their biggest goal however is to continue building strong connections with Aboriginal elders in the Moruya community through their excursion and incursion program.

The centre’s RAP has been well received by enrolled families, with parents praising the centre for their efforts towards cultural reconciliation. For one  family who recently joined the community, it was their primary reason for choosing Premier Early Learning Centre Moruya for their child.

Across Australia, Lifelong Learning Centres engage in a wide variety of Healthy Communities initiatives, including reconciliation events and programs, as well as aged care visits and other community outreach opportunities.

Premier Early Learning Centre Moruya is one of 167 Lifelong Learning Centres owned and operated by Affinity Education Group. Visit their website or find a Lifelong Learning Centre near you.