Led by First Nations communities in Australia
A 25 year strategy
From infants to Elders, we work with entire communities over a 25-year period to make real and lasting change.
We are disrupting the status quo where children live with injustice and disadvantage.
We are celebrating culture, recognising talent, inspiring hope, delivering excellence and creating opportunity.
Children’s Ground is an evidenced-based approach, designed with First Nations leaders to achieve radical reform.
IT IS POSSIBLE AND IT IS HAPPENING
What do communities want? The very best for their children.
The Children’s Ground Approach:
Children’s Ground partners with whole communities. Every child born today should experience a lifetime of opportunity, entering adulthood strong in their identity and culture, connected to their local and global world, and economically independent. If all children can experience this basic right, then whole communities will enjoy wellbeing.
We have ten operational principles and we integrate services across five key areas. Together, they address the determinants for social, cultural and economic wellbeing. We align these with cultural knowledge and global leading practice. We are creating the evidence, over 25 years, to create systems change.
- Early childhood and primary learning
- First Nations learning and development (including Learning on Country)
- Western learning and development (including English literacy and numeracy)
- Digital and global knowledge
- After hours and holiday extracurricular activities
- Development of First Nations curriculum and language resources
- First Nations and Western health systems
- Health promotion
- Maternal and child health
- Social and emotional wellbeing
- Environmental health
- Cultural health
- Health and emotional literacy integrated into learning
- Creating a strong, local workforce
- Implementing a flexible, ‘no barriers’ approach to employment
- Establishing First Nations social enterprises
- Providing meaningful training opportunities
- Supporting financial and consumer literacy
- Economic and skills development in curriculum
- Creating places of safety and inclusion
- Supporting strong, local governance
- Building the social, cultural and economic capital of communities
- Providing opportunity for moments of celebration
- Listening to the aspirations of the people
- First Cultural practice: lore, dance, story, song, art, land, ceremony
- Global creative and cultural knowledge and practice