Bonnyrigg Early Learning Centre wins excellence award

Creating an edible bush tucker garden and a custom mural were two of the initiatives that earned Bonnyrigg Early Learning Centre success at the inaugural Excellence in Early Childhood Education Awards last month.

The Council-run facility beat out 23 other finalists to win the Community Involvement Excellence category for the implementation of the Aboriginal Pedagogy in their Early Years Learning Framework.

The framework, which identifies the value of embedding the 8 Ways of Learning to improve engagement with the local Aboriginal community, allows educators to include Aboriginal values, perspectives and ways of teaching to enhance learning for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.

In July, the centre launched their mural which contains circles to represent the Aboriginal ways of learning framework and represents themes of community, connection, inclusion and a love of learning.

Aboriginal art: The mural at Bonnyrigg Early Learning Centre.

Aboriginal art: The mural at Bonnyrigg Early Learning Centre.

They have also composed a song/poem for the children and families to participate in together each morning that acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land of the Cabrogal of the Darug Nation and introduced Aboriginal resources to the classroom which form part of everyday stories and play time.

Centre Director Angela Morgan said: "It is very important for us children have an understanding of Aboriginal culture."

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said it's important children grow with an "understanding and respect" for Aboriginal perspectives.

"Bonnyrigg Early Learning Centre does a truly outstanding job in nurturing our young children and should be commended for the part it plays in our city's success," he said.