In these times of uncertainty and change, it’s more important than ever to share kindness, connection and support in our communities where we can – and our Kindy Patch centres are doing just that.
Whether it’s keeping children safe in centres, supporting families whose life circumstances have changed, or helping those who are keeping children at home, it’s clear wherever you look that love is all you need.
Using technology to keep in touch
Many of our centres have set up daily Zoom meetings so that children at home stay in touch. At Bonnells Bay on the NSW Central Coast, Zoom meetings start at 10.30am with a mix of stories, felt board activities and songs. The centre has also created a huge rainbow that would be impossible for anybody taking part in the #rainbowtrial to miss, along with a teddy bear for children and families going on a bear hunt.
Elermore Vale is also keeping in touch with children learning at home, who have been sending in photos and stories to be shared with the children at the centre. Each day an email with a featured experience is sent out to families so that little ones at home can follow along with centre activities.
The centre has also responded to a request from the Wesley Mission to create artworks that they can give to community members on their welfare visits. It has given children a real sense of purpose knowing that their artwork will provide some happiness and cheer to others.
In the Hunter region of NSW, children at Maryland have also been busy painting up a storm to send to residents at an aged care centre where one of our mums is working.
Maryland and Elermore Vale have also joined the #rainbowtrail and #bearhunt, giving children out walking with families lots of reasons to smile.
But it’s the fruit, biscuits, snacks and fresh brewed coffee that’s putting a smile on the face of parents at Kindy Patch Redhead.
When times are tough, every act of kindness makes a world of difference, reminding us that we’re all in this together.
What are you doing to spread kindness and show others that you are thinking of them at this time? We’d love to hear your stories.