18 June 2018
18 June 2018
As we embrace the cooler days of Winter and rapidly head towards the end of the financial year, educators are often keen to revamp their spaces, change things around, breathe new life into their rooms, invigorate their curriculums, and ensure their sustainable practices and cultural outcomes meet or exceed the National Quality Standards.
These recycled plastic mats feature the symbols and motifs of Aboriginal Language from different regions of Australia to encourage storytelling and community building.
Children are immersed in the motifs of Indigenous culture when they sit, sing, and play on these mats everyday, without the need for direct conversation or deliberate discussions. This will inspire their natural curiosity to learn more about the motifs and symbols and what they mean.
Using Aboriginal Mats throughout the room also enhances each child's learning and development, building on their knowledge, their cultural identity, and the cultural understanding of the broader Australian community.
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) outcomes can be met by engaging children in discussion around culture, tolerance, and understanding too.
Recycled Mats are a soft, pliable, all-weather alternative to traditional carpet mats, and come in circular, rectangular and square shapes to suit all kinds of learning experiences.
These gorgeous outdoor/indoor mats can be:
Contribute to your goal of exceeding the National Quality Standards by employing these sustainable recycled plastic mats in your settings, both indoors and out.
Recycled mats are made from recycled polypropylene plastic, reducing landfill and making something of beauty from discarded waste. Purchase of a Recycled Plastic mat shows the service cares for the environment and supports children to become environmentally responsible.
Recycled plastic mats are easy to clean so they are the ideal indoor and outdoor rug in childcare centres and preschools. Hang them over a fence to hose off excess food, scraps or paint. You can also shake them or sweep them down. Mats are reversible too, so after washing, turn them over for a fresh new look and style in the classroom space. It's an instant revamp!
Recycled Mats can be incorporated as part of the educator's Intentional Teaching Moments in the day.
Recycled Mats are a wonderful talking point to encourage discussion about Indigenous culture, and a starting point to learn Aboriginal history and practices. They can be used to develop collaborative partnerships with families and communities, as parents have a visual representation of the importance of Indigenous culture along with the children. Discussions of art and culture help to build understanding and tolerance, as well as help children find shared identities and common ground.
When Indigenous parents see an Aboriginal design mat being used as part of the daily routine in the centre, they are empowered and know that the expertise, culture, values and beliefs of their family are respected by the centre too. This is how the service can build relationships with their families and engage with its' community too.