In these times of uncertainty and change, it’s more important than ever to share kindness, connection and support in our communities where we can – and the Community Kids centres are doing just that.
Whether it’s keeping children safe in centres, supporting families whose life circumstances have changed, or helping those who are keeping children at home, it’s clear wherever you look that love is all you need.
Here are a few stories from our centres that have warmed our hearts. If the world has been getting you down, we hope they warm your heart too.
Community Kids North Richmond
At Community Kids North Richmond centre, staff have been assembling Easter packs with craft and a little Easter egg for those children self-isolating which will be dropped into letter boxes this week.
One of our North Richmond families who had to go into strict 14-day quarantine after returning from overseas received an extra-special surprise, dropped at the end of the driveway. Educators put together a box of craft items and resources, and a food hamper with essential items and baking packs. Tucked inside were pictures and messages from children at the centre for their absent friends.
Community Kids Golden Square
We’ve also been inspired by the concern of so many children in our centres for people living in retirement homes. Community Kids Golden Square, in the Victorian city of Bendigo, had developed a close bond with residents at a nearby aged care home. But while visits are on hold, the children created lots of beautiful artworks which emailed to the home to help raise the spirits of residents.
Pre-kinder children at Golden Square have also been busy creating a rainbow collage to display at the front of the centre and there’s no missing all the teddy bears that are now in the front window for other children to spy along the #Bendigobearhunt.
Community Kids Enoggera
Small gestures mean a lot, like the kindness hamper filled with goodies that Community Kids Enoggera put together for a nearby nursing home and the donation of toilet rolls by Community Kids Waterford to a local retirement village after seeing one elderly resident break down in tears after being unable to buy any at the local shops.
Community Kids Chirnside Park
Children at our Chirnside Park centre in Victoria have been flat-out the past few days creating beautiful rainbows for the front garden, bringing a smile to so many people as they pass by on their daily walk.
Community Kids Morley
In WA, children at Community Kids Morley have been busy colouring their own teddy bears creating a wonderful spectacle for children out on the bear hunt, while the front window is now adorned with a bright happy rainbow.
Community Kids Waterford
Alongside the colourful lanterns that decorate the fence at the Waterford centre south of Brisbane staff have set up a blackboard displaying a message of positivity and hope that is changed every day.
Throughout our Community Kids family we are all trying to ensure children who are self-isolating don’t miss out on their education or the familiar faces of friends and educators.
Community Kids Narrabri and Annerley
Staff at Narrabri have started reading stories to children who are at home via Zoom while at Annerley daily Zoom activities include singing, dancing, science experiments, yarning circles, as well as story-time.
Community Kids Pascoe Vale
Children self-isolating at Pascoe Vale have been invited to join in the rainbow activities by sending in the art they have painted or drawn at home and staff have been sending back videos and photos from the centre.
Community Kids Valentine
Every day Valentine’s educators have been emailing two learning experiences for children to explore at home and made take home playdough to keep those little hands and minds busy.
Community Kids Mt Gambier and Leumeah
It really is kindness that makes the world go around and sometimes a crisis brings out the best in everyone. Families and staff at Montebello in Mt Gambier and Leumeah in Sydney have donated food and other essential items community pantries for others to take or swap if they needed.
We’re all in this together and at Community Kids, it shows.
What are you doing to spread kindness and show others that you are thinking of them at this time? We’d love to hear your stories.