Our team collated a list of resources to guide Early Childcare Services (ECS) to embed Aboriginal perspectives in Munch and Move. Where possible, we drew on local Aboriginal ways of knowing, being and doing. We also used trusted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, some of which were not local.
We encourage ECS to build partnerships with local Aboriginal community members, to understand local ways of knowing, being and doing. Local ways of knowing, being and doing can inform the way you think, speak, teach and more. These resources provide a starting point for you to consider how to embed Aboriginal perspectives into Munch and Move. We are also considering strategic partnership arrangements between HNE LHD ECS and local Aboriginal organisations.
Embedding Aboriginal perspectives into ECS is important for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children. For Aboriginal children, it can create a sense of belonging, help build healthy relationships with staff and support wellbeing. For non-Aboriginal children, it can help develop a life-long appreciation for Aboriginal people, nations and perspectives.
Dr Chontel Gibson, a Kamilaroi woman and manager of the team, led the development of this guide with Kayla Pennicott, Jayde Kerr and Katrine Juel, health promotion officers.
We would like to acknowledge the members of the Aboriginal ECEC network meetings, who have also supported the development of resources within this guide.
If you would like more information or if you have feedback, then please contact our team.