Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Wyndham Early Learning Centre

Yesterday three of us visited the Wydham Early Learning Activity centre (WELA) about a hundred kilometres up the road.

Wyndham is a tiny town on the coast - some would call it "extremely remote", otherwise would call it "dying".

The WELA though is a thriving patch of colour and life. It's an initiative which grew up behind the local high school, where mums and bubs can come to spend time and promote their children's early development. It's not a daycare centre - a parent has to accompany their child, and that way, there's a dual-learning opportunity.

The centre focuses on health and hygiene, listening skills, nutrition, creative expression, social norms and expectations .... they do some amazing work. It caters for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal families, and provides an outlet for all sorts of frustrations and concerns. It gives guidance and advice, and operates on the smell of an oily rag.

Here are some faces from WELA.


Posie Patchwork said...

Fabulous!! We were looking at a posting to Karratha a while back, but i know both Wyndham & Port Hedland well from my oil industry days. Looks like an oasis at the Learning Centre, love Posie

Screamstress said...

I love following your adventures! I lived in FNQ for a few years, but recently moved back to rural Victoria. I really enjoy 'seeing' the sights through your blog - sometimes the pieces of Australia seem like different countries!

Beky said...

What beautiful pictures.