Building Community Connections
The philosophy at TG’s Child Care Centres is ‘To have fun in an inclusive environment’. The philosophy and the environment it refers to are not confined to the bricks and mortar of each centre: it goes beyond the walls and play areas to embrace the wider community. Underpinning the philosophy is the belief that children learn by doing. Our Mission statement is that ‘Playing is Learning for Life’.
Joining in community activities and annual events, such as the Thunderbolt’s Festival in Uralla, Armidale’s Autumn Festival and Wauchope’s Lasiandra Festival allows the children to learn about contributing to the community – and how much enjoyment can be derived from such activities. Participation in these events also shows that TG’s is a positive, supportive, and contributing member of their local community.
On Saturday (25 October) TG’s Uralla Centre participated in one of Uralla’s biggest events: the annual Thunderbolt’s Festival. This is a time when the Uralla community comes together to celebrate its uniqueness. The street parade is a display of the wide range of local businesses and services available in the town and surrounding environment.
Preparing the float for the street parade is a team effort: staff, children and family members all join in to create the float. The sense of community and teamwork is shared by all who contribute to the project. The children prepare art and craft decorations, and then dress up for the day, according the theme of the year. This year’s theme was ‘The colours of SPRING’.
Not only do the children learn how to co-operate constructively with their peers, they see that teamwork involves collaboration, negotiation and sharing the workload and the end result is something everyone can take credit for and pride in. Parents and staff assist in designing and decorating the float, structures go up and are then decorated creatively. This year we had a bright and colourful float adorned with spring blossoms and flowers, and the children and staff armed with bubble blowers and water pistols, ready to squirt the crowd of spectators lining the streets.
A FUN day shared by all!