The ELC commenced the Aunty in Residence program last week, supporting our inclusion of First Nations language, culture and knowledge through play-based experiences with the children. Wiradjuri artist Bianca Caldwell will join outdoor play sessions on Mondays and Fridays during Term 2.
This past week, the focus was on the wonderfully messy sensory experience of ochre, bush medicine and vet play. Ochre was painted thick onto the skin by First Nations people to act as a natural sunscreen. Oil was extracted from Eucalyptus leaves and used as a cleanser and antiseptic. Aunty B explained that we need to use resources carefully and sparingly.
The Aunty in Residence program directly contributes to two goals in the Early Learning Centre’s Quality Improvement Plan (QIP). The ELC is focused on increasing the richness and complexity of the learning environments and embedding First Nations language and culture through respectful and responsive connections with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
We can’t wait to see what else Aunty B has in store!