In the last few months, the Sparkling Stars Childcare Centre has identified numerous young Aboriginal families that have moved into the area, and approached the centre to provide early childhood education services. Unfortunately, they have not returned to accept the offer of a place.
An investigation by management has determined that these families do not consider your centre to be culturally appropriate from an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander perspective.
You have been given the task of investigating your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community to identify strategies that will better meet the cultural needs of these families and the broader Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.
To achieve a satisfactory result in this project, you will need to follow the steps below. Read through Steps 1 to 8 of this project before commencing.
1. Determine the culture of your local indigenous groups to help improve the service delivery at Sparkling Stars.
2. Identify resources to assist you in promoting effective partnerships with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders in your community. This will include indigenous people who can provide cultural advice as well as any websites, publications, or other resources that can provide information on cultural practices, issues, and culturally appropriate communication. Identify at least two (2) from any of the following categories:
3. Organise a meeting with at least one (1) Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander mentor who can advise you on developing strategies for integrating the local culture/s you have identified in Step 1 within the Sparkling Stars workplace.
Describe the strategies that you have developed in consultation with your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander mentor to:
- Increase participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Early Childhood service:
- Inviting elders from the community to participate in the celebrations and significant events at the service.
- Inviting indigenous performers and artists to participate in the service, as well as holding workshops for the kids and families.
- Creating a network with the local Aboriginal community and collaborating on a specific project with them.
- Inviting the local people to the service to see the inclusive programmes and resources.
- Reflect culturally safe and appropriate practice:
- Considering one's own culture, attitudes, and ideas regarding "others."
- Communication that is clear, honest and respectful.
- Recognising stereotypes and avoiding them.
- The experience of learning with respect and sincerely listening to one another.
- Encourage self-determination and community control to ensure improved service delivery:
- Aboriginal culture and its diversity are respected, valued, understood, by the services.
- When creating services and programmes for Aboriginal people, consult or collaborate with them.
- Ensuring that Aboriginal peoples' cultural rights are recognised and protected.
- Aboriginal people should be involved in decision-making.
- Services put the effort in developing and maintaining connections with Aboriginal people, as well as assisting them in actively participating in the planning, implementation, and ongoing guiding of service delivery.