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All children have the right to participate in a quality kindergarten program that is culturally safe, culturally inclusive and culturally appropriate.


About The Program

Embrace culture in kindy

The EMBRACE Culture in Kindy program aims to increase kindergarten participation for children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds. The program works with community-based organisations in 14 priority locations across Queensland to provide support to both kindergartens and local communities.

The EMBRACE program promotes cultural diversity through:

  • Professional development training for educators
  • Resource development and information dissemination
  • Policy development to remove barriers to kindergarten participation
  • Supporting strong linkages between community and the early childhood sector

The EMBRACE Culture in Kindy program is an initiative of the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS), funded by the Department of Education and Training (DET).

The purpose of this website

Welcome to the EMBRACE website. The website has been designed for educators and support workers who work with families from diverse cultural backgrounds with children aged three to five years. We hope that parents and family members find the site useful too.

On this site you will find news and events, information about conferences and training, recent government reports and many resources. As the site progresses we also plan to have real life stories to inspire you and tip sheets for educators.

The ‘find a service’ tab will provide you with contact details of kindergartens, playgroups and support services in Queensland. Like all websites it will be improved by you. Please send any information you want us to promote and details of services in your area to embrace@qcoss.org.au and update your contact details regularly. Please let us know if you are experiencing difficulty accessing any part of the site, so that we can improve it.

Kind regards

The EMBRACE team.

Who do we work with?

EMBRACE works with community-based organisations in 14 DETE funded priority locations across Queensland to provide support to both kindergartens and local communities. These locations include:

Area 1: Bray Park, Dakabin – Kallangur – Murrumba Downs, Lawnton, Strathpine – Brendale
Area 2: Cairns – Douglas, Western Suburbs, Barron, Mt Whitfield, Central Suburbs, City
Area 3: Caboolture – Central, East, Hinterlands, Midwest, Burpengary – Narangba, Deception Bay, Morayfield
Area 4: Gladstone – Calliope Pt. A, Miriam Vale
Area 5: Ipswich – Central, East, West
Area 6: Bundaberg – Burnett Point
Area 7: Woodridge, Kingston, Marsden, Loganlea, Browns Plains
Area 8: Tanah Merah, Loganholme, Eagleby, Beenleigh, Edens Landing – Holmview, Jimboomba – Logan Village
Area 9: Banyo, Boondall, Zillmere, Carseldine, Nundah, Geebung
Area 10: Toowoomba – North East, North West, West, South East
Area 11: Lockyer Valley – Gatton
Area 12: Inala, Durack
Area 13: Woolloongabba, Moorooka
Area 14: Upper Mount Gravatt, Sunnybank

Stakeholder Working Group

The EMBRACE Stakeholder working group provides a conduit for information exchange, discussion, consultation and advocacy about key policy, program, and service delivery issues affecting the activities of the EMBRACE – Culture in Kindy program.

EMBRACE IS PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FOLLOWING SERVICE PROVIDERS IN OUR PRIORITY LOCATIONS:

Acacia Ridge Community Support
The Benevolent Society
The Crèche and Kindergarten Association
Ganyjuu Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Family Support Services
Kingston East Neighbourhood Group
Lifeline Darling Downs South West QLD
Mission Australia
Save the Children
Wuchopperen Health Services

EMBRACE also works in collaboration with the Multicultural Development Association (MDA) and Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Early Childhood (EATSIPEC).

Please contact the EMBRACE team if you would like to participate in this Stakeholder Working Group.

Minutes to these meetings can be downloaded here.

Proudly sponsored by the Queensland Government

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

EMBRACE acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we work, live and walk.
We honour and respect the elders past, present and future.

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