Playgroup NDE Aboriginal Case Study 2022
Over ten years ago, Playgroup NSW launched the Wagga Wagga Place-Based Aboriginal Playgroup model in consultation with the Aboriginal community in Wagga Wagga. It was Playgroup NSW’s vision that the playgroup would be designed and led by Aboriginal elders, educators, and services from their community who understood the unique needs and requirements of their families and children. This program is still running today and to date has engaged with approximately 2125 Aboriginal families and 3187 children from the region of Wagga Wagga. The program is delivered by dedicated Aboriginal educators and engages services from the Wiradjuri Nation who strive to bridge the gap and increase equality in education, wellbeing and health outcomes for young Aboriginal children and their families.
The programs pedagogy and practice is informed by the Early Years Learning Framework with outcomes focused towards increasing equality for Aboriginal children and parents pertaining to the Closing the Gap report and targets.