More than 40 children and staff from Westmead Hospital’s Westmeadow Childcare Centre were treated to traditional Aboriginal dancing, mural painting, didgeridoo performances, and Dreamtime stories during NAIDOC Week celebrations.
It was the first visit to Westmeadow by the Sydney Region Aboriginal Corporation - Aboriginal Care.
Westmeadow childcare centre acting director Amy Romero said staff were overjoyed to see the reactions from the children who were so excited to experience the traditional cultural activities.
“The children particularly loved the traditional dancing and adding their painted hand prints to the centre’s colourful mural,” Ms Romero said.
“The staff and elders from Aboriginal Care did an excellent job in tailoring the activities to suit the children’s ages; making it a wonderful experience for everyone,” she said.
“Aboriginal traditions and cultures will continue to be a focus for the children during their preschool years and I’m pleased this experience was so well received in what is an impressionable stage of their development.”
This year’s NAIDOC theme is Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond