Award Winning Early Education Program

Bayside Council’s Early Education Gaarma Language and Culture Program received a Highly Commended Award at the 2024 NSW Local Government Excellence Awards on Thursday 6 June 2024.

The Early Education Gaarma Language and Culture Program introduced Aboriginal language, culture and history into educations programs at Council's Child Care Centres.

In early 2023, Children from Council’s three Early Education and Care Centres visited the Gujaga Foundation in La Perouse to learn language through song and play-based experiences and walk on Country through the Guriwal Bush Tucker trail.

The success of this excursion inspired Council to engage Gujaga to deliver its Dharawal Language program to preschool-aged children every week.

The program, with the help of our First Nations community, has improved cultural awareness and understanding and built a strong sense of belonging amongst the children and their families.

In turn, First Nations communities have learned how to engage with our early learning services and have been supported to share their knowledge and culture with pride.

Mayor Bill Saravinovski said:

“This is a wonderful program that complements our efforts to achieve real reconciliation and celebrate our shared history. I would like to congratulate all those involved in this program,” Mayor Bill Saravinovski said.


Published on: Fri, 07/06/2024 - 14:47