Fay – Burragah Advanced Educator
My name is Fay and I am a proud Wiradjuri woman. I absolutely love being a part of the Deadly Kindy Burragah team.
I have been working in the Early Childhood sector for over 15 years and have completed a Diploma in Children’s Services. Every day I learn more about this industry and early childhood development. And this life long love of learning is something I try to encourage in all our jarjums at Burragah.
Building cultural connections in our programs is so important to me, because it’s our identity. It’s who we are, where are from and where we belong. I want our jarjums to take pride in who they are and have a sense of belonging in their community.
As an educator I believe it is important that we teach children to be themselves. I also believe in teaching them about their culture and building positive self-identities so they can grow up to be anyone and anything they want to be.
At Burragah we embed culture into our everyday education. We start our days with an Acknowledgment of Country, storytelling and a yarning circle with a talking stick. We then move into learning Yugambeh language as well as English, songs, dance, face paint and lots more.
This means that our jarjums learn through play, but most important they feel connected to our people, our culture. I love that our jarjums are learning that we are the nation’s first people. They’re also learning how we have a connection to our land and that our ways matter. It’s great for them to learn and be proud of their culture from such an early age. That’s something we can give that no one can take away from them.
This is by far the most rewarding job of my life as I get to watch our jarjums grow and learn through play but I also get to learn more about my people. I love working with our teacher, Harmony, who respects and promotes our culture with the jarjums, families and within our community. She loves learning as much as she loves teaching and this inspires me everyday.
I’m so excited to be a part of their kindy learning journey and I can’t wait to get to know all our jarjums and their families.