Campbell Page Mogo Aboriginal Preschool have partnered with fellow not-for-profit, Save the Children to deliver the ‘Journey of hope’ program to their students aged 3-6 years following the traumatic events of the bushfires, and now the coronavirus pandemic.
Journey of hope is designed to build resilience, help normalise emotions and develop positive coping strategies through cooperative play, creative arts and literacy. Supporting pre-school children to understand their emotions is key to enhancing developmental outcomes and providing a strong transition to school.
This year, students at Mogo Aboriginal Preschool have had their learning disrupted first by the bushfire crisis which caused damage to the preschool grounds and destroyed the preschool bus and then again when COVID-19 forced children and families to learn remotely due to social distancing measures.
“We want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to support our children, their families and our communities following these events” said Janine Hutton, National Program Manager Indigenous, Youth & Family Services at Campbell Page.
"Research shows that without early intervention, children who have experienced trauma may suffer negative effects that impact educational and functional outcomes later in life. "Significant delays in progress in reading and numeracy have been observed in children who started school in the year prior to a moderate or major bushfire.
“This program isn’t about getting our children to bounce back, we don’t want them to bounce back, we want them to bounce forward” said Ms Hutton.
The play-based program is being delivered as part of structured learning at the preschool by trained facilitators every Monday and Thursday for the next eight-weeks.
Enrolments are open for the Preschool!