The last day of January marked the first day of Korin Korin’s 2017 program which has grown this year to include an extra 4 year old session. The Centre now runs five groups (one of them for 3 years old) and we also welcome a number of new staff. Whilst the resident ‘roos were nowhere to be seen in the back paddocks, Stuart from Wild Action brought along a baby wallaby which wowed the children. With a mix of mums, dads, grandparents, brothers and sisters on hand there were none of the usual first day tears in evidence. In fact most of the youngsters were jumping out of their skin once they spotted all the awesome craft and play stations on offer. Literally within the space of 15 minutes some children had completed a painting, created with play-do and drawn a crayon picture in between free play! After these initial bursts of enthusiasm and creativity, the beautiful weather outside beckoned and more fun and exploration was had. One couldn’t help but feel slightly jealous of the children’s carefree days ahead with access to such brilliant resources and caring educators. One boy’s 9yo old brother was moved to say he wished he was still in kinder! It was a privilege to witness such an important step in their young lives and development. For more information contact Whittlesea Council’s Early Years Team on 9217 2170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Expressions of Interest for three year old kindergarten can be made by calling 9450 0971 or email email@example.com. [gallery size="medium" ids="1450,1452,1457,1451,1454,1456,1459,1453,1461,1455,1458,1460"]Read the story
Making a connection and a positive first impression with our clients is so important in terms of commencing the healing process. Children and families visiting our Thomastown office for counselling and therapy will now be greeted with a new mural we trust will help facilitate a journey to a brighter future, one informed by our values of hope, respect, empowerment, leadership and accountability. The story behind the mural commenced last year when CPS engaged the services of 90 Degrees Graffiti and artist Daniel Wenn with a brief to essentially create a piece that is positive, colourful and engaging. Various ideas and elements were trialled and the feedback sought from selected counsellors proved valuable in ensuring the right tone and balance was achieved. Producing a non-threatening mural that appealed to infants through to teenagers, boys and girls, was challenging. Another consideration was representing a local community feel (hence the aboriginal footballer in the Fitzroy Stars guernsey, suburban pointer signs, children in the balloon and South Morang train). Whilst there’s something to be said for the calming effect of the old green wall the mural has replaced, hopefully the new look will add colour to the day of the children (and children at heart) who pass through our doors.Read the story
Three children, family violence, a marriage breakdown and an abusive and controlling ex-husband…
This is a first hand account of how CPS helped a mum navigate a turbulent time in her life to the point where she is now excited about what the future holds for her family.