The Preschool Programs, based across remote and regional areas of NSW, are early intervention services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children aged 3 to 5. Through relationships with teachers, children and families in these areas, Gunawirra understands the emotional, cultural and health needs within the preschool communities.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children have inherited the collective trauma of the loss of land and culture which is so vital to their spiritual and cultural health and identity. In addition to challenging life factors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children are affected in every area of their development and this can have far-ranging impacts on their future lives.
The preschool programs value preschool as a place of healing. The programs include sharing learnings about Aboriginal culture, the Dreaming, Family and Elders, and Indigenous Art and Storytelling so that the treatment of trauma is holistic and effective.