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Early Years

GEGAC’s Early Years Services include our Dala Yooro Kindergarten and Boorai Supported Playgroup, as well as the Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making, Koorie Families as First Educators, and the Aboriginal Best Start program.

For more information about any of these programs, call 5152 0810.

Boorai Supported Playgroup

The Boorai Supported Playgroup is specifically designed to assist the further development of self-determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Boorai Supported Playgroup operates five days a week and is culturally appropriate, family friendly and provides support and encouragement to parents as the first educators of their children.

Boorai is available for children from birth to pre-school.

Referrals are taken from Family Services, Child Protection, and Maternal Health Nurse, or can be via self-referral.

Boorai playgroup is facilitated by a qualified Bachelor of Early Years staff member.

The weekly program incorporates lots of activities to support numeracy and literacy skill development and is also supported by the following services:

  • Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden program- Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures
  • Story time sessions with the East Gippsland Library
  • Kinder Gym for physical development

For more information call 5152 0810 and ask about the Boorai Supported Playgroup.

Dala Yooro Kindergarten

Dala Yooro is a kindergarten program for 3 and 4 year olds.

It operates 15 hours a week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during school term dates.

Priority of access has been developed to support the vision for Dala Yooro.

Every effort will be made to try and provide a place for all children who wish to attend Dala Yooro, however priority will be given based on the following considerations:

  • an Aboriginal Child
  • with referral from Family Services, or Child Protection services
  • depending on available vacancies
  • children must be 3 years old prior to commencing

Dala Yooro is a place for children and families to learn and grow together.

We are committed to providing a safe, welcoming and nurturing environment for all children to confidently explore and learn.

Incorporated into our educational programs are these additional services:

  • Play Therapy
  • Koorie Families as First Educators
  • Stephanie Alexander Kitchen garden program
  • Breakfast club
  • Kinder Inclusion Support offices
  • KESO- Koori Education support offices
  • Hearing Australia

For more information call 5152 0810 and ask about Dala Yooro Kindergarten

Koorie Families as First Educators

The GEGAC Koorie Families as First Educators (KFFE) team provides a confidential service for all families who have Koorie babies and children aged 0-5 and focuses on positive parenting programs to build families’ confidence and to recognise the parents as the child/children’s first educators.

The KFFE program aims to support and educate young families by offering educational evidence-based parenting programs.

These programs assist and help educate our families in their roles as parents/carers.

Referrals to the KFFE program can come in a number of ways:

  • Self Referrals – members of community are able to refer themselves to the program to get a support worker
  • Other Agencies – other agencies often call GEGAC when they have clients who fit our criteria and refer clients directly to the team

Our KFFE team works with clients/families to address specific issues and the options available to deal with them which include, but are not limited to:

  • Focussing on child outcomes facilitated by parents
  • Enrolling families into parenting programs
  • Conducting home visits
  • Early intervention and prevention approach to develop parents capacity to support their children’s early learning and development, and
  • Help with accessing services such as counselling, police, legal assistance, medical care and other relevant services and agencies.

For more information call 5152 0810 and ask about Koorie Families as First Educators

Aboriginal Best Start

The Aboriginal Best Start Facilitator helps Aboriginal families and carers make sure Aboriginal children 0 – 8 years old are getting the support and resources they need during these critical early years of their lives.

Efforts are focused on boosting children’s participation in the programs such as kindergarten, school, and maternal and child health services.

If you want to yarn with our Aboriginal Best Start Facilitator about any issues your Boorais are facing, it’s easy.

Just email, call 5152 0810 and ask for her, or drop by the Bratowooloong Dala Yooro building at 36 Rupert Street in Bairnsdale on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Survey for Parents

At Dala Yooro Kindergarten, we are always looking to improve our services and seek guidance from our families in the community.

As part of that, we are keen to learn more about the challenges that parents and guardians face when enrolling or keeping young children in kinder.

Please take a few seconds to complete the survey below.

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What are some of the challenges as a parent or guardian you face when your child is needing to be enrolled into kinder?
Something else? Please describe.