Through the second and third week of September, all our Aussie Kindies centres participated in the Aussie Wildlife Champions fundraiser drive for the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.
A part of this fundraiser was a Dress Up and Donate Day on the 21st of September, where the centre teams and their children were encouraged to dress up as their favourite Australian animal, as a farmer, swagman or to bring in their Australian wildlife soft toy.
We also encouraged all families to consider donating towards the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, which does an exceptional job assisting with the protection and re-introduction of Australia's most iconic and endangered species.
Affinity Education and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy have formed a partnership to develop our unique Aussie Wildlife Champions program, which is offered in all our Affinity owned and operated centres. Affinity education is the only educational organisation that the Australian Wildlife conservancy has partnered with on a project of this scale. Australian Wildlife Conservancy is one of the world's leading conservation organisation and has a focus on preserving Australia unique biodiversity.
The ‘Aussie Wildlife Champions’ education program, developed in partnership with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, provides engaging lesson plans for 18 iconic and endangered Australian species and introduces the children to core principles of conservation and Australia’s sometimes harsh climate and environment. Fun and age-specific videos describe the criticality and lifecycle of species such as Native Bees, Crocodiles, frogs and Bilbies.
Each lesson is filled with delightful imagery provided by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, insights and activities that will expand children’s understanding of the breadth, depth and uniqueness of Australia’s native species.
They have also developed at-home resources for all our communities and families to learn about these important Australian species.
Shalini Chandaran, Education Advisor in Victoria for Affinity Education Group spent the day at Aussie Kindies Early Learning Keilor and shared, “Today, I had the opportunity to celebrate AWC Dress Up & Donate day with Aussie Kindies Keilor as a parent and educator. I felt immensely proud to share my favorite Australian animal, the Tasmanian Devil. Tasmania is my first home in Australia, and I am grateful for the chance to create awareness about this wonderful animal among the Keilor team. During my presentation, I shared some fun facts about the Tassie Devil, and it was a pleasure to see the children engaging with the information. I hope everyone across the country is having a good time!”
Kate Whelan, Centre Manager at Aussie Kindies Sunbury and team also had a fun filled day raising funds for this fantastic organisation sharing, “Here at Aussie Kindies Sunbury, we participated in Affinity’s National dress up day for AWC, our Kinder and toddler children enjoyed creating Koala and Kangaroo face masks and Koala cookies. Our babies enjoyed creating emu’s and Koala’s using paints, natural materials and different textured paper.
Our centre had a great visit with our brand mascot Aussie the Koala. This day was a great way for us to showcase our love of Australian wildlife, especially our favourite, the Koala.”
All our centres appreciate the commitment our families and our local communities have towards the causes we take great pride in supporting.
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