Beginning of the public consultation for the ten-year plan for the education of the children of the Georges River
A ten-year vision to support the children of Georges River in their learning and well-being will be on display for public comment until January 30, 2022.
There are six early learning centers owned and operated by the Council, which serve approximately 440 children and families.
Collaborative learning, early decision-making, increased responsibility for animal care, diverse language learning, athletic training and development are all on the service strategy drawing board. 2021-31 Georges River Council Early Learning Plan.
Georges River Mayor Nick Katris said there is plenty of evidence to show that early education programs and play-based learning provide a strong foundation for child development.
“The evidence prompted us to develop a strategy and principles that reflect the values and needs of our local families.
“Our principles aim to eliminate barriers and accept differences. Build a culture that supports and values the participation of children and young people, and their right to be heard.
“Consultation is an important part of what we do at Georges River. We want to improve our services; your feedback will help our new vision meet the current and future needs of our community.
The draft strategy presents a series of short, medium and long-term actions to provide an accessible, inclusive, coherent and innovative service:
Access and inclusion
The Council is looking to expand its services with an additional inclusive center that supports vulnerable children and children with additional needs, which inspires collaborative learning between families and children.
We aim to foster a culture of quality improvement through reflection and implementation of best practices.
Emphasize the diversity of backgrounds of the local community.
Almost half – 46% of Georges River children aged 0-9 speak a language other than English, which is significantly higher than the Greater Sydney average of 32%.
The Council seeks to create an environment where early childhood education comes in many forms, with productive interaction in various languages, personalities or methodologies that will stimulate children.
We emphasize the history of our land, ensuring children are aware and educated about our traditional guardians. We promote a respectful culture where children participate every morning in a recognition of the Country.
The Council will provide materials and programs for children to learn through play. These programs will be tailored to the individual interests and developmental needs of children, including:
- Cooking, arts and crafts
- Gardening and sustainability initiatives
- Sports and gross motor programs, which will guide children’s awareness in structured play
- Caring for animals in the centers including: native bees, chickens, tadpoles and fish
- Build relationships with local community retirement homes
- Language development, music and dance lessons.
The draft Georges River Board Early Learning Strategy is now on public display. For more details, please visit: Draft Georges River Council Early Learning Strategy
Copies of the draft are also available at council libraries, early learning centers and the Hurstville Civic Centre.