Kindy recognised for supporting families in need
GOODSTART Early Learning Kingaroy Kindergarten have won the Queensland State Award for Inclusion for all of their hard work in providing a safe and loving place for all South Burnett children.
The Kingaroy centre director Peta Clarkson said they won the award for all of the work they do with rural children and families.
“Through our centre we support them by working with various agencies in town,” Ms Clarkson said.
“We work closely with family and child connect and child safety, to support children that need to attend daycare to keep them safe.
“We often have Bush Kids come in to run programs about social inclusion and emotional well being.
“We were also recognised for our petition pushing for a paediatrician here in the South Burnett.”
Assistant centre director Sue Margetts said it was very humbling and rewarding to be recognised for all of their hard work, especially for their efforts to include and support every child.
“Every child has a right to be included when they attend here and anywhere,” Ms Margetts said.
“There is still segregation and it is not something that is healthy for a child’s development.
“We are working to do all that we can to make sure that when they’re here they are completely included in everything and that they feel supported.”
Ms Margetts said inclusion is important in kindergarten, especially as children then transition into school.
“It’s important because then they’re not behind peers because they have been included and they’ve learnt how to interact socially,” she said.
“We need them to understand they have a voice and that people will listen to them.
“We’re not just supporting the children though, we’re also supporting their families.
“This can involve helping mum or dad, or grandma or grandpa, or whoever their primary carer is.”
The Kindergarten supports families and carers by looking after their kids while they attend self improvement programs at some of the local agencies.
“Sometimes it’s counselling support or just any kind of support and help that family might need,” Ms Margetts said.
“We’re here to support the kids and the families. We really focus on the kids and their emotional well being too.
“If you don’t feel like you have a sense of belonging, a sense of worth, or feel loved and supported then usually you can’t cope.”
Ms Margetts and Ms Clarkson said they were very proud of the efforts of their dedicated team.
“We wouldn’t be able to do all we do for the kids and families who need us without our entire team,” Ms Margetts said.
“They are incredibly hard workers who are passionate about making a difference in these childrens lives.
“They’re the reason we can do what we do.”