Initiatives

BREAK BARRIERS
BUILD INCLUSION

Too often families in our community are turned away from early childhood centres because they can’t provide the necessary support their child with disability needs. And when this happens, Sylvanvale’s Mikarie Child Care Centre is there to welcome them with open arms.

For over 7 years Mikarie has provided an inclusive environment for children of all abilities. Our highly trained staff of educators and therapists help every child thrive. Earlier this year we made a decision to help more families by expanding Mikarie. Using two former therapy rooms as early childhood classrooms, we can now welcome an additional 15 children with disability and their families every year.

But the new rooms weren’t part of Mikarie’s original design so they are detached from the rest of the centre. The children in the new rooms are separated from their friends, playgrounds and therapy rooms and this directly contradicts our mission – to provide a truly inclusive and accessible environment for the people we support. Your donation tonight will help us remove the walls and fences that from a barrier to inclusion at Mkarie, construct walkways that bring the centre and the children together and purchase specialised equipment to improve participation.

I urge you to give generously and support our Mikarie inclusion project to enhance our unique early learning environment in Sutherland Shire that will be a model for inclusive child care across the country.

With your help, together we can break down barriers, build pathways and instil inclusive values in children now and into the future. We look forward to welcoming you as a partner in this project.

Naomi Breen

Manager, Mikarie Child Care Centre

"My son Charlie has a rare genetic disorder, profound disability and requires a high level of care. He has attended Mikarie for the last 3 years and I am truly blown away by their commitment to our family. They have provided one-to-one care, specialised equipment, welcomed therapists into the centre and taken every opportunity to learn more about his complex needs. They take the time to include Charlie in every activity, adapt activities for him and encourage the other children to interact with him. They give me a detailed update on his day when I pick him up and show me how much affection they have for him. Nothing is too much trouble. The way that Charlie has been embraced at Mikarie is so wonderful. I will be very sad to see him leave at the end of the year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

“My only regret is that I didn’t get Connor to Mikarie earlier. He’s come such a long way in the six months he has been there. They understand his needs. They are better equipped to provide him with the support he needs and he absolutely loves it. It’s a lot less stressful for us as a family, because we know he’s accepted. It’s a lot easier now to communicate with Connor and nothing is a problem for them. Naomi is great and I can’t praise any of the teachers enough. I get emotional just thinking about it.”

To learn more about Sylvanvale, contact our Customer Service Team on 1300 244 577 or customers@sylvanvale.com.au

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