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Celebrating our journey of integration

- May 9, 2012

The launch of a report that outlines the trials and tribulations of The Infants’ Home as it continues to create a socially just community.

The Infants’ Home and Charles Sturt University (CSU) have launched a ground-breaking report about the concept of integration in early childhood education and care.


The report, titled The Art of Integration, explains how and why The Infants’ Home provides integrated early childhood services.

It draws on documentary evidence and interviews with current and former staff, The Infants’ Home Board members, and parents.

Readers can share the joys, challenges, and the passion of The Infants’ Home in helping to create a society which believes in the rights of children to access high quality integrated services.

 


The 36-page report shows how The Infants’ Home has adapted integrated service delivery based on its long-held commitment to social justice, children’s rights, and concern for the most vulnerable people in our society.

The Art of Integration is written by Dr. Sandie Wong and Dr. Fran Press from the Faculty of Education at CSU.

 


The true meaning of integration

At the launch, Dr. Press spoke about the importance of developing early childhood education and care that is integrated. 

"It's a phrase we hear a lot but it does not do justice to the range of services involved," says Dr. Press.

"The Infants' Home is lucky its staff is so committed, and prepared to take on a journey that is both professionally and personally challenging.

 

(L) Dr Fran Press (R) Staff from The Infants' Home talk to the audience about integration.


Seeking continuous improvement

Many people who have worked with The Infants' Home know that its professional teams are always looking to improve.

"The Infants' Home is never complacent," says Dr. Press.

"It always asks how can we do better; how can we be more creative; how can we do more for families.

"The staff care about their work. This means The Infants' Home reaches children and families who would otherwise miss out on the  support they need."

Marion and Jean West with Denise Taylor

The Infants' Home President Denise Taylor (C) with Twins Marion (L) and Jean West, early residents of The Infants' Home. Now 89, the Wests arrived at The Infants' Home as babies in 1923.


Sharing knowledge

Many early childhood education leaders, practitioners and researchers attended the event.

The Infants’ Home CEO, Anita Kumar, says The Infants' Home is proud of its work in integration.

"We look forward to sharing our ideas with a wider audience,” she says.

The Art of Integration

Copies of The Art of Integration are available for download.

 


2011 Annual Report

The Infants' Home has also released its 2011 Annual Report.

Copies of the report are available for download

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