Please donate to The Infants' Home
Your donation will support and assist children and families in need
Please help us to continue to build our capacity to support those vulnerable children and families who need us most in these challenging times.
Your donation today will help us to continue to deliver our range of services for children and families as they turn to us for care, education and support during the COVID-19 crisis. With your help we can continue to give each child every opportunity.
The Infants’ Home at Home: staying connected with children and families
While we have kept our centres open for children and families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, in March and April attendances dropped significantly. Many families kept their children home to self-isolate or because they were working from home, while others reduced days or cancelled their enrolment due to economic hardship. For many children and families, as well as our staff, this was a particularly difficult time as they wrestled with disruptions to their routines and connections with others, while also experiencing anxiety in relation to their health, safety and financial security.
As a service that has supported families in need since 1874, we knew that we had to find innovative ways to keep our community connected and supported during this time, even when we couldn’t be physically together, and so The Infants’ Home at Home digital curriculum was conceived.
We know that in early childhood having a sense of belonging and a predictable routine is paramount to a child’s feelings of safety and connection. Our integrated team of educators and allied health staff created a series of online resources to help children and their families to continue to connect with our centres. The project included providing: information and guidance for creating resources and setting up play-based learning experiences at home; videos of staff presenting experiences such as reading stories, yoga and mindfulness activities; and support for parents and carers to manage change and anxiety related to the pandemic.
Using our digital communication platform for families, in conjunction with our website and Facebook page, resources were shared with families over a number of weeks.
Educators and children in our family day care services also embraced technology to connect with absent children and families via video calling. Families in self-isolation were also sent weekly newsletters and resource activity sheets to support their children’s learning at home.
The Infants’ Home at Home digital curriculum also played an important role in helping our educators and allied health staff to remain connected to their centre communities, and to feel empowered to use their professional skills as they continued to work virtually with children and families.
Although normality has begun to return to The Infants’ Home, the future is by no means certain. We know that we may need to build upon The Infants’ Home at Home digital curriculum, and we are already thinking about how we can meet our children’s and families’ needs in the future.
“For a service that thrives on face-to-face interactions to develop relationships, the digital curriculum was an interesting opportunity to look at innovative ways we can support children and families… it was a new and definitely emerging approach to staying connected with them.” — Anne, Robinson House Educator
Please consider giving today and make your tax deductible donation to The Infants’ Home to help us continue providing services to children and families in need of safe, predictable high quality child care, early intervention and family support.
How your donation can help
$50 can help provide inclusive music, movement and therapy services to children as part of their child care activities.
Home Support for a Family/ Family Support
$150 can enable our social workers to visit families in their own homes to provide advice and support and to help them to connect with services and resources in the community.
Help a Child Start School
$500 can enable our educators and allied health team to work collaboratively with individual families to help children with additional needs to transition to school successfully.
How you can donate
There are many ways you can make a donation:
- You can make either a one-off or recurring (e.g. monthly) donation through our website
- You can write a cheque to The Infants’ Home and post it to us at 17 Henry Street, Ashfield NSW 2131
- You can donate via credit card over the phone on this number (02) 9799-4844
Donations over $2 are tax deductible. The Infants’ Home is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient by The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
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