During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of routines for families and young children has been made clear. During this time, Mary MacKillop Childcare North Queensland continued to offer quality childcare and education to all families across the Diocese of Townsville. They did so through their Early Learning Centres, Kindergartens and Outside School Hours Care services. Many centres were well aware of the differences in families lives. So, in addition, they put a number of programs in place to continue to offer support and care for the children.
The children at Mundingburra St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centre shared rainbows as a way to spread joy and happiness. This was not only to those at the centre but to the wider community. “The children painted rainbow hand prints. Then educators decorated the trees that line our footpath at the front of our centre. The hope was to brighten the days of those in our local community as they drove by.” said Mandy Wassman, Mundingburra Centre Director.
“Bright colours brighten up a room. So why not share some brightness to the local community. This would let everyone know that we were thinking of them during this period.”
The educators used the opportunity to explore the meaning of the rainbow trail with the children. “The children were extremely excited to have people in our community see their group project,” Mandy said.
“Families that attend our centre and members of our community would walk by the decorated trees. They would all comment on how lovely and thoughtful it was,” she said.
Educators worked with children during the height of the pandemic to further enhance their abilities to express and show both empathy and compassion to others. By having children’s artwork on display, they demonstrated their resilience through these difficult and challenging times.
Mary MacKillop Childcare NQ’s Executive Director said “It was important for MMCNQ services to continue to operate during these challenging times. It provided families with support. And, of course, it allowed for children to continue their learning and access care.”
Mary MacKillop Childcare NQ Kindergartens are taking enrolment applications for 2021.
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