Kirton Point Children's Centre meeting needs of multicultural families

CULTURAL: Parents, children and staff involved in the Multicultural Playgroup together at Kirton Point Children's Centre. Pictured are (back): Lina Gonzalez, Greeshma Patel with Dhyan Patel, Angel Thakural, Harjit Samra, Sheetal Rana; front: Ayushi Chhabra with Shaurya Chhabra, Hayley Anderson (Learning Together at Home field worker), Chadapom Bonon with Ocean Shipway, Edie Harders, Aether Thakural, Kashvi Rana, Prisha Patel and Tamara Strudwick (speech pathologist).
CULTURAL: Parents, children and staff involved in the Multicultural Playgroup together at Kirton Point Children's Centre. Pictured are (back): Lina Gonzalez, Greeshma Patel with Dhyan Patel, Angel Thakural, Harjit Samra, Sheetal Rana; front: Ayushi Chhabra with Shaurya Chhabra, Hayley Anderson (Learning Together at Home field worker), Chadapom Bonon with Ocean Shipway, Edie Harders, Aether Thakural, Kashvi Rana, Prisha Patel and Tamara Strudwick (speech pathologist).

A local preschool has been aiming to meet the needs of families of different cultural backgrounds across Port Lincoln through its Multicultural Playgroup.

Kirton Point Children's Centre began the playgroup in July, which is facilitated by speech pathologist Tamara Strudwick and Learning Together at Home fieldworker Hayley Anderson who have been helping families to understand the benefits of play, early literacy and bilingualism.

Mrs Strudwick said the centre recognised a need for multicultural families to access services tailored to their needs as they were no longer able to access some services they were previously connected with as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

She said the play group had been attended by families with Indian, Thai and Central American backgrounds and the centre's staff hoped the diverse group continued to grow.

"Kirton Point Children's Centre strives to provide our local multicultural community with a welcoming, supportive, inclusive and considerate environment where families can play, learn and have a sense of belonging," she said.

Mrs Strudwick said the playgroup focused on celebrating and highlighting important aspect of culture and this week at the centre families and staff showcased their cultural dress.

The centre is inviting multicultural families to take part in the playgroup and ask families to contact the centre to find out more.