“Educators recognise the connections between children, families and communities and the importance of reciprocal relationships and partnerships for learning. They see learning as a social activity and value collaborative learning and community participation” (BELONGING, BEING & BECOMING: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia p.14)
On the Saturday, the 8thof July the Collective FDC Co-ordination staff were invited to a picnic at the gorgeous Como Pleasure Park by Elizabeth from ‘Edutainment Family Day Care’ an educator registered with Collective FDC from The Shire.
Elizabeth had organised the day for the children and families in her Family Day Care Service to come together socially to build partnerships within their community.
Elizabeth’s own extended family joined in the festivities and even helped with the preparation and cooking. It was a real family affair.
The venue was an amazing natural wonderland set on the banks of the Georges River. It was a perfect winters day with the sun sending down its rays giving warmth.
The children and families loved the day, watching their children play and interact with each other which is something they do not get much of a chance to see normally. One parent was thrilled to see the close bond her child had with another child saying it warmed her heart to see her child forming friendships. The children, their parents and extended families explored the playground challenging their skills and spending quality time together. There were a few spills but the children’s resilience shined through with them getting straight back up and off to explore a new adventure.
It was a beautiful opportunity for the families to come together along with Elizabeth and the Collective team to strengthen our relationship which can only be beneficial for the children.
Thankyou Elizabeth for the invitation we are very much looking forward to the next one.
Dale and Peggy