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Volunteers’ priceless contribution to children’s learning

The Henty Early Childhood Association Inc. (HECA) has a long and rich history of working with community members who have volunteered their time and skills and HECA’s current facilities and ser-vices can be attributed to the contributions volunteers have made for more than three decades.
In recent years a number of volunteers have made a priceless contribution to children’s learning through joining with educators to provide excursions into the community. The volunteers meet the children and edu-cators at the service and on different days of the week participate in different activities. Some days they can be found joining in Story Time at the Henty Library, participating in activities with the residents of Myoora, shopping at Dales IGA for healthy food or exploring the natural environment surrounding the town.
Through interactions with volunteers and participation in community excursions, children develop a sense of belonging to their community. Interactions with a diverse range of community members pro-vide for children to practice developing social skills, build confident self identities and respect for diversity. Children can also begin to develop an understanding of the shared rights and responsibilities necessary for active community par-ticipation and may one day become active volunteers within our community.
Margaret Hasler has been a regular volunteer with the preschoolers of the service. She is known to everyone as Nanny H. She began volunteering when her grandchildren were part of the service and where her personal commitments allow, Nanny H continues to visit on different days of the week to accompany the children on excursions. Nanny H likes mixing with the children because it is fun. She loves the stories the children tell and the way the children react with her. She would most definitely recommend giving volunteering a go as “you get more out of it than what you put into it”.
HECA is greatly indebted to the inkind contribution Val Riddle has made to the service over the past six years. At the end of busy and messy preschool days Val arrives to clean, and like magic the indoor environment is ready for anoth-er day of learning. Val has also contributed to the ser-vice in many other ways such as sharing her amazing ability to recycle materials, creating handy resources using her sewing skills.
Val will soon finish in this role, but has already expressed interest in volunteering to join the children for excursions. HECA wishes to acknowledge the ex-ceptional dedication and contribution Val Riddle has made to the service for the past six years and looks forward to seeing Val move into a new role within the service.
HECA invites any community members interested in volunteering to call Abi on 69293472.
For further reading please visit.
http://www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au/organisations/promoting-your-organisation/national-volunteer-week
https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/belonging_being_and_becoming_the_early_years_learning_frame-work_for_australia.pdf