Early learning journey – stories from country

We all play a part in making the early years count for our little ones. From before they are born, our children are learning. Nurturing from family and sharing of knowledge, stories, culture and language as little ones grow sets them up for life.

The whole community plays a part in the journey of learning our little ones take as they grow and move through early childhood and into kindergarten and school. From Elders and elder generations, knowledge, culture and language is passed down. With this knowledge and connection to culture, country and their community, young children develop a strong sense of self and cultural identity.

Sharing stories

Our children are surrounded, supported, and encouraged by Elders, grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunties, uncles, cousins and friends, all working together with parents and teachers in the community and at playgroup and kindy.

Early childhood is the foundation

All aspects of early learning are important.

  • You are your child’s first teacher, and each experience they share with you helps them learn.
  • Joining a local playgroup is a way to connect with other families
  • Attending kindy is the next step on the early learning journey, building on the skills and knowledge little ones have developed by learning with you.

“We all are involved in that growth and that learning, of bringing our young people through. They are our future leaders.” – Suzanne Thompson.

“I hope this helps people to take that step into early learning years. Help your children to grow, and it’s ok for you to grow, as an adult as well. Every day is a new beginning for you to learn.” – Sharron Lindh.

Find more stories from Elders and community members here.

Published — 03 July 2017 Last updated — 06 February 2020

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