In these times of uncertainty and change, it’s more important than ever to share kindness, connection and support in our communities where we can – and our centres are doing just that.
Whether it’s keeping children safe in centres, supporting families whose life circumstances have changed, or helping those who are keeping children at home, it’s clear wherever you look that love is all you need.
Earth Kids Early Learning Centre at Turramurra has gone all out to ensure that the “new normal” in which we must now embrace social distancing and self-isolation does not leave children feeling disconnected.
The team and children at Vattana Early Learning Centre put together a video to share with their local nursing home residents. The children usually visit the residents throughout the year and wanted to do something to show their friends that even though they cannot visit at this time the children and team are still thinking of them.
Technology in Learning
Educators are using Zoom to stay in touch with children self-isolating at home, allowing them to join in story time and take part in experiences such as a colour hunt and making play dough. It’s a small gesture that lets the children at home know that we are thinking of them – and might just provide a little distraction so that parents can do other home or work tasks.
Little Steps Go a Long Way
Our families are very much in our minds especially those who are working on the frontline. We have tried in small ways to ease the burden for one of our centre mums working in a ward tending to COVID-19 patients by providing the family with a fruit and vege pack with extra items such as coffee and tea. If this small gesture buys her a few minutes of rest rather than shopping, it’s worth it.
A community-wide crisis such as this, forces us all to think about those who are most affected. Since the suspension of visits to a local aged care home, there is increasing concern about the wellbeing of isolated residents. Centre Manager Linda Young compiled a book of photos from previous visits, laminated for germ free sharing, that will be delivered to the home.
What are you doing to spread kindness and show others that you are thinking of them at this time? We’d love to hear your stories.