Success At Good Start

November 24, 2016

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Once a fortnight on a Friday morning IOE Adult Services participants Bronwyn, Ally, Kim, Gerard, Carly and Mel have been volunteering at the Good Start Early Learning Centre in Narre Warren. This program has been running since September this year.

Each week the group discusses what activities they would like to create for the kids. They prepare and create the activities at the FTG Community site and then take these to the centre for the toddler and kinder groups.

So far the SuperStar Dancers have performed, the group have cooked with the children, decorated cookies with lollies to make funny faces, acted out books, painted, played pretend horse races, decorated hats for Melbourne Cup Day and everyone’s favourite – singing and playing instruments!

Melanie and Bronwyn have read the books ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and ‘We Are Going on a Bear Hunt’ and have said they are feeling more confident now reading in front of a group of people! They followed on from the books with an activity – colouring caterpillars and butterflies and acting out the book.

Gerard loves cooking and did a great job assisting the children with making cupcakes. Carly took it upon herself to play hairdressers and put a little girl’s hair in a pony tail!

While singing ‘I can see a rainbow’, we discovered that Kim has a hidden talent and can sign the entire song – the children looked impressed!

Ally is super caring and helpful towards the kids. She shows great initiative helping the children with what they need; getting a tissue for a runny nose, putting hats on when sunny outside.

Coordinator Ailsa and all the staff at Good Start Early Learning Centre have been amazing in letting the group be independent with running the activities they have created for the children.

Everyone is currently looking forward to creating Christmas activities for the last few weeks of the year.

It’s great to see our young adults giving new situations a go and stepping out of their comfort zones! I am so proud of them all and of what they have achieved at the Early Learning Centre. This has been a very successful program.

It has been important for me as a support worker to withdraw support wherever I can and let the group run the show! This has created more choice and control and a sense of great importance for Bron, Ally, Mel, Carly, Gerard and Kim.
By Jacalin Cook


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