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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Community is at the very heart of what Moreland Community Child Care Centres Inc. (MCCCC) do and how we do it.

We believe that through interaction and engagement with their community:

  • children develop a sense of belonging and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active civic participation;
  • children respond to diversity with respect;
  • children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment;
  • children become aware of fairness.

 

 

 

 

 

Building Community Connections

Our ‘Building Community Connections’ excursions are designed to foster children’s connection and appreciation of their neighbourhood. The Community Connections excursions allow the children to participate in activities such as:

  • Visiting a fresh fruit store to buy fruit and/or vegetables;
  • Having lunch in a local park;
  • Purchasing items from local shops;
  • Visiting MCCCC families’ workplaces or homes;
  • Visiting the local library or post office;
  • Joining in with an activity at a local school.

Participation at these local excursions occurs during operating hours and parents are most welcome to attend.

 


Intergenerational Program

We encourage our staff to view seniors as true partners and contributors to our program, not just passive program participants.

The value of an intergenerational program is linked to the quantity and quality of interactions between the children and older adults. 

We believe that children’s interactions with older adults are filled with opportunities for promoting positive feelings about the ageing process as well as expanding their understanding about their social world.

Regular visits to a local aged care facility is just one example of how our children engage with older residents living in the community.

There are also numerous benefits for the adults: a sense of being valued, a sense of connection and social interaction, as well as being able to simply enjoy the exuberance and excitement of the children when they visit.

 

Wurundjeri

There exist a number of important Aboriginal sites in Moreland that continue to be places of significance to Aboriginal people. MCCCC is proud to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of the land on which our three centres reside.

For more information about Moreland’s indigenous history, click here to visit Moreland City Council’s website.


Three centres, one community




Our Happy Families

One morning, our two-year-old said she was going to her ‘other house’. That really says it all: Dunstan is her home away from home, a fun place to play and learn with staff who make her feel secure and loved. We couldn't be happier.
Camille, Dunstan Reserve

Our children really enjoy the time they spend at MCCCC. I have watched them grow in confidence and make positive friendships. MCCCC offers a relaxed, educational and nurturing environment. I particularly like the increasing focus on sustainability.
Donna, Dunstan Reserve

The staff are all lovely and caring, and I feel that they genuinely enjoy being around little people and encouraging them to grow and learn. I particularly like the way the children can move throughout the different spaces at Mitchell Street, playing with educators and kids of different ages as they please.
Elena, Mitchell Street

The variety of activities for the children coupled with the community garden right next to the centre make it a great setting for developing minds. Educators take a real interest in the children and their families—with some going the extra mile to help parents, which is greatly appreciated after a long day at work.
Faranaz, Dunstan Reserve

We chose Mitchell Street because of the friendly staff and atmosphere and especially the fact that the kids are not segregated by age. As it is, we have observed her language, motor skills, empathy and independence grow by leaps and bounds, far beyond our expectations.
Katy, Mitchell Street

We are so appreciative of the wonderful care of our boys by the educators at Mitchell Street. The children enjoy a diverse range of engaging activities and it’s clear that the educators are enthusiastic and take a great amount of pride in supporting the children to participate and learn.
Mel and Ian, Mitchell Street

We've always loved how Tinning Street feels more like a home than a child care centre. Our eldest went to school very happily after the great early learning foundation he received at the centre and our youngest is on track for the same! The carers are wonderful and attentive. We don't know what we’d do without them!
Michelle, Tinning Street

Both of my daughters have attended Mitchell Street and loved it there. When my second daughter started, the family grouping allowed my older daughter to be with her as she was adjusting to the new space. It was good peace of mind to know that they had each other during the day whilst I was working.
Nadia, Mitchell Street

We had complete confidence in sending our son to Mitchell Street from the moment we entered the building. He is a respected and loved member of the Mitchell Street family and receives personalised care from a very familiar group of professional carers. We will not hesitate in enrolling our next child and recommend Mitchell Street to our friends.
Rebecca, Mitchell Street

As a new mum of ethnic background, child care was culturally considered a last resort. I feel very grateful for the path that life pushed me towards. From the educators to kitchen staff, management to kinder teachers, we have been blessed with amazing people. There was nothing I asked for that couldn’t be done.
Rose, Tinning Street

The kinder program is frequently the starting point for fascinating discussions at home with my four-year-old son. He is challenged to think about the world in new ways and is excited to share his learning with us. I am so grateful he has a nurturing and supportive environment to develop his social skills and build confidence.
Sarah, Tinning Street

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