At Kinder Haven Jannali, they’re calling it the Kindness Pandemic. With their Take & Give basket being constantly replenished by our amazing and generous families, they’re certainly not wrong.
In fact, there’s a wave of kindness taking hold across the entire Kinder Haven family. At Aldinga Kinder Haven, on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia, our talented cook is baking cakes to send home with families, just to spread a little joy.
Using Technology to Keep in Touch
The children have been just as involved in sharing the love, taking part in Facetime calls with the local retirement home whose residents used to visit the centre once a week. It’s incredible how quickly old and young have adapted to keeping up these social connections in a time of social distancing.
Maintaining contact with children who are self-isolating at home is one of the priorities that Kinder Haven has been moving quickly to address.
Moonee Ponds has trialled Group Time Streaming on Google Hangouts, enabling children to be involved in centre activities and interact with each other. Each day a new link is emailed to parents just prior to the session being live streamed.
Ten families took part in the first session and as the process is refined, we’re hoping to see more jump on board.
Kinder teacher Kevin conducted science experiments with children at home able to participate in real-time or follow up afterwards with their parents. Other activities included story time and practising shapes.
With four of our Kinder Haven Moonee Ponds families working on the front line as doctors and police officers, keeping the centre open is vital to the wellbeing of the wider community. Our staff are making sure that every day is a bright and happy one for the children in care and that they are not missing absent friends too much.
The big rainbow that now brightens the entryway plays its part in bringing a smile to children as they arrive each day. The nursery has also had a rainbow makeover with a 3D display of children in rainbow hot air balloons.
If the world has been getting you down, we hope these stories from our centres have warmed your heart as much as they’ve warmed the hearts of our families.
What are you doing to spread kindness and show others that you are thinking of them at this time? We’d love to hear your stories.