We were fortunate recently to have some representatives from Bunnings Warehouse assist us with our garden development. Tina and her team (Nami, Ciela and Mike) from Bunnings Constellation Drive arrived with an array of plants to help continue the rejuvenation of our wilderness area and sculpture trail around the fale. This is a long term project that we have been working on for the past year with our children – planning, sharing ideas and documenting this. We have been drawing upon Sociologist Roger Hart who wrote a book called ‘Children’s Participation: The theory and Practice of Involving Young Citizens in Community Development and Environmental Care’ for UNICEF in 1997. The ladder of children’s participation is one of the many significant tools from the book. Harry Shier (2000) also developed a model of children’s participation which has five levels….

•children are listened to
•children are supported in expressing their views
•children’s views are taken into account
•children are involved in decision – making processes
•children share power and responsibility for decision – making

We think that these ideas of participation can be embraced from an early childhood perspective. The children at Albany Kindergarten are increasingly engaged as researchers, planners, teachers, decision makers and advocates in their day to day learning with the world.


Such connections with the wider community are things that we wish to foster here at Albany Kindergarten. We know that when people join together and work for a common cause that a sense of commitment to enhance the wellbeing of others is fostered.

We see such values of ‘paying it forward’ and generating kindness as things that we want our children here at Albany Kindergarten to consider in their practices with people, places and things.


We are really interested to hear your ideas around this. How might we offer kindness to others in the wider community?

Kaiako Fran
March  2016

Please see the link below for article that was in local paper…