It was that time of year again when an enthusiastic group of MCCCC educators participated in Melbourne City Mission’s Sleep at the G. Sleep at the G is now in its seventh year and raises much needed funds for Melbourne City Mission, who support more than 5,000 people experiencing homelessness a week. This year, Melbourne City Mission was also hoping to raise funds to support their newly opened crisis accommodation centre for at-risk young people, Frontyard.
Moreland Community Child Care Centres Inc. (MCCCC) encourages and values engagement between parents, educators and staff.
We do this through various means: formal and informal conversations, parent information evenings, our Facebook page and website, visual diaries and communication boards in the children’s rooms, regular newsletters and emails, the provision of end-of-year portfolios as well as regular meetings for parents and educators of children in kinder to discuss school readiness and transitioning into Prep.
In 2015, MCCCC trialled an innovative initiative that would further enhance how we communicate with families. Storypark is a secure online network where educators post stories, photos and videos of children participating in their various day-to-day activities.
Parents and carers can login anytime to view their child’s profile, as well as share their own comments.
Storypark captures children’s learning and development and showcases their play, environment, interests, abilities and achievements.
The sharing of learning through words, images, video and audio, allows families to more actively participate in their children’s expression through song, dance and culture—something that hasn’t been possible with paper portfolios.
The trial was a great success and Storypark has now been rolled out across all three MCCCC centres.
Families own their child’s content and will be able to access their Storypark profile even after leaving our service.
Storypark is a wonderful way to memorialise these very special and unique pre-school years.