Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families     

Naidoc Week

Naidoc Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
For further information regarding how you can cebrate NAIDOC, history of NAIDOC, National NAIDOC 

Koorie Kids Shine at Kindergarten

Enrol your child now – it’s not too late, and it’s free!
Early learning sets children up for a bright future by teaching them skills that will help them for the rest of their lives.

Kindergarten will help your child:
- Build their sense of identity
- Explore how they fit into the world around them
- Learn how to communicate with others
- Strengthen their physical, social and emotional wellbeing
- Promote confidence in learning and trying new things

Kindergarten teachers work to nurture and respect children’s cultural identity.
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who turn 3 or 4 years old by 30 April, can attend kindergarten for 15 hours per week for free.

For more information please visit the Department of Education and Training website 

Frequently Asked Questions About Koorie Kids Shine at Kindergarten

Resources for children

All LMPA Kindergartens are resourced with a Cultural Activity Kit which includes the 'Cultural Activity Book' and 13 different Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander activities from across Australia.

Activity  Resources 
Emu Callers An Emu Caller
Djagogas  Bartja and Mayila book and 2 puppets
Ochre Painting  Aboriginal Symbols Template
Tarrengower Tarrengower and Lalgambook Storybook
The Long Necked Turtle  Story on A4 page and painted canvas 
Tiddalik The Frog who wouldn't Laugh Storybook
Murray River  How the Murray River Was Made Storybook
Echidna The Echidna And The Shade Tree Storybook
Birds/Colours How The Birds Got Their Colours Storybook
Prints in Sand Yorta Yorta Symbols/Map
Bunjil Dja Dja Wurrung Settlement Map
Symbols Aboriginal Symbols Template
Taba Naba 2 Girl Dresses, 2 Lava Lavas, 2 Kulap Shakers

You will also find on the shelves;
'I Love Me' By Sally Morgan
'Where is Galah' By Sally Morgan
'Marngarook' By Titta Secombe and Grace Fielding
'Welcome To My Country' By Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy

National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children's Day

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day is the largest national day to celebrate our children.

Children's Day is held on 4 August each year and is coordinated by SNAICC.

Koorie Pre-school Assistants Program

The KPSA worker will work within kindergartens and Koori communities to;

  • Improve opportunities for Koorie children to take part in kindergartens
  • Support and encourage kindergartens in the deliver of Koori inclusive programs
  • Provide information and support to Koorie families and communities e.g filling in enrolment forms
  • Support the attendance of Koorie children in kindergarten programs
  • Encourage the involvement and participation of Koorie parent/families/carers in the development of kindergarten programs
  • Assist in the development of kindergarten programs that embrace Koorie culture.
For more information please contact and ask for the KPSA at; 
Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative Ph: 03 5442 4947
Echuca Berimba Childcare Centre Ph: 5481 1900
Swan Hill, Kunawaa Preschool Ph: 5032 3600

Indigenous Advancement Strategy 

Loddon Mallee Preschool Association is embarking on an exciting new project to encourage and support the participation of indigenous families and children in Kindergarten.
We will aim to achieve the project by building strong relationships with local indigenous communities and by continuing to develop informative and interactive educational pathways that embrace indigenous culture, community and understanding.

Indigenous Advancement Strategy Flyer Indigenous Advancement Strategy Flyer (223 KB)