Yaama – Welcome to Winanga-Li Early Learning & Care Service
Winanga-Li Early Learning and Care Service is a purpose built, not for profit, community owned long day care service which:
- has been established as part of the Australian government’s commitment to closing the gap on disadvantage within our Indigenous communities and, in particular, to providing a better future for Indigenous children. It is a focal point for our families and therefore provides an opportunity to reflect and strengthen our Kamilaroi identity within the wider Gunnedah community.
- is a place of belonging for all children, families and the local community. We work from a strengths based, family focused approach to build and develop:
Strong children, strong families & a culturally strong community
Our service caters for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. We are open from 7.30am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, (49 weeks of the year) and closed on NSW public holidays. Notice will be given in our newsletters when these days occur. We have 3 indoor environments:
6 weeks – 18 month old room – Gaayli room | 18 month – 3 year old room – Maliyaa room | 3 – 5 year old room – Dhiiyaan room
Transition to School Program and Supported Playgroups
TRANSITION TO SCHOOL PROGRAM
Winanga-Li will be providing families with access to a Transition to School Program in Gunnedah, Wee Waa, Narrabri, Quirindi and Moree in 2017 and Supported Playgroups in Gunnedah, Narrabri and Wee Waa.
The Transition to School program is built around 4 key areas:
- Activities families can try at home to support their child’s transition to school
- Strategies for coping with challenging behaviour
- Ideas for healthy school lunches
- The confidence to contribute to the school community
- Self-help skills
- Independence and resilience
- Early literacy and numeracy skills
- An understanding of school routines
- Encouraging Indigenous families and their children to attend the school’s Transition to School Program
- Establish a positive relationship between indigenous children, their families and key support people within the school environment
- To support each school to better understand the needs of Indigenous children and their families.
- Strong connections between early education and care services, support services, families and local schools
- Transition strategies that are responsive, flexible, respectful and welcoming
- A positive transition from home to school for Indigenous children
The program focuses on working together collaboratively with schools, Early Childcare Services and Service Providers to deliver a program that supports indigenous children to transition to school.
SUPPORTED PLAYGROUP – GUNNEDAH, NARRABRI AND WEE WAA
Supported playgroups provide family support and target Aboriginal and vulnerable families within each community who may benefit from additional parenting support. The playgroups at Winanga-Li have a common goal which is to to enhance children’s learning and parental wellbeing. They are effective supports for engaging and working with children and families who might not access a community playgroups.
If you would like to know more about either of these programs, please contact Leanne on (02) 6743 0999 or email her at LeanneP@winanga-Li.org.au