Goodstart Early Learning Blue Haven is a finalist in the 2019 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards
The early learning centre caters for children six weeks to school-aged. A proportion of the children attending the centre demonstrate behaviours that are typical of having experienced some form of trauma in their lives.
Recognising the need to promote inclusion so that all children, regardless of their individual circumstances, have the same opportunities to learn and reach their developmental milestones, the team of educators developed a process to support vulnerable children. This included developing an understanding of each child’s sensory profile and calming strategies to support positive behaviours.
The centre also introduced a ‘bush buddies’ program twice a week which provides consistency and reliability to children who come from challenging home environments. They also employed the expertise of an occupational therapist and built a sensory room.