A ground-breaking early years solution for children under five in remote Aboriginal communities, integrating health, wellbeing, education and development to give children the best start in life.
locally employed and trained Aboriginal educators
of under 5 years olds attend in the communities we deliver in
of our local Aboriginal educators have been employed 5+ years
Since 2011, Indi Kindi has supported families to improve the early years development of their children within a culturally cognisant framework for improved life outcomes. Indi Kindi is delivered in four remote Northern Territory communities, Borroloola and Robinson River, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Tennant Creek and Mungkarta.
The initiative is led by a Community Advisory Group made up of local leaders, Elders, Traditional Owners, families and team members to guide and advocate for the program.
[Indi Kindi] is the one thing my kids loved going to. I love everything about it and it's like sending my kids to someone in the family. The kids are not shy to go, it's like a home environment so they are not scared and feel confident. My children are 1 and 4 years – the program is also very helpful for new mothers, it gives the mums a break too.
Indi Kindi seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children, families and local communities. Through our partnerships with local health networks, we support the local community by:
– Increasing physical activity and healthy eating habits.
– Supporting social and emotional wellbeing.
– Helping to reduce incidences of communicable diseases.
Our ground-breaking “Walking Learning” model is designed to be delivered outdoors enabling movement, freedom and creative expression suited to the cognitive strengths of young Aboriginal learners.
We teach our young learners in a culturally relevant way that includes local organisations and members of the community. We help children become confident learners, effective communicators and feel connected to their family, community, culture and Country.
We are a locally-led initiative with a strong focus on building local staff capacity through mentoring, skills development and formal qualifications to develop and sustain our local Aboriginal educators.
The strength of our program is in its delivery by local women who have been with Indi Kindi for 4-5 years and represent the different language groups in the community. They have become leaders, acting as role models for families, providing guidance on early learning and child development.
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