In these times of uncertainty and change, it’s more important than ever to share kindness, connection and support in our communities where we can – and our centres are doing just that.
Whether it’s keeping children safe in centres, supporting families whose life circumstances have changed, or helping those who are keeping children at home, it’s clear wherever you look that love is all you need.
Here are a few stories from our centres that have warmed our hearts. If the world has been getting you down, we hope they warm your heart too.
Our Brisbane Centres
We’ve been overwhelmed by the goodhearted generosity of the families who’ve only just joined The Learning Sanctuary in newly opened centres in Brisbane – Morningside, Camp Hill and Mary Street in the Brisbane CBD.
A sharing basket at Mary Street has seen donations from family and centre staff made available to anybody who has had difficulty finding some grocery items. And the Self-Isolation basket prepared by educators has been hugely popular, full of activities to keep boredom at bay.
Morningside’s community pantry has been hit with an invitation to parents to take what they need and leave what they can. This simple gesture has helped many families who have struggled to find alternative milk for children who have dietary requirements.
Mary Street also saw the need to lift spirits and have been rolling out a series of theme days to keep the positive vibes flowing. Whether it’s a crazy hair day, kooky hat day or pyjama day, it’s all about keeping the smiles going.
Morningside’s educators followed up a fun-filled dress up day as essential workers by sending children home armed with play dough ahead of a weekend of self-isolation. It can be hard for little ones to understand why they have to stay at home all day and the play dough provided a fun diversion that we hope gave a little relief to parents.
Our Victoria Centres
In Victoria, families and educators at The Learning Sanctuary Pakenham have set up a share basket to help those struggling to find hard to buy necessities.
At Park Orchards, also in Victoria, children have been hard at work creating colourful placemats for residents in a local aged care centre. The artworks were laminated, disinfected and posted to the home in the hope of raising a happy smile amongst residents who can no longer enjoy social contact with their own families and grandchildren.
The Learning Sanctuary Norwood
Adelaide’s Norwood centre has posted a timely reminder to families with a window display that reads: “Keep smiling, we are in this together” and backing the message with a rainbow trail of children’s artwork at the front of the centre.
It’s a message we’d like everyone to take away with them: we certainly are all in this together.
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.