The Deadly Tots project was funded by the Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Strategy (ACYFS) to develop resources that promote the key messages and share the latest information on children's social, emotional and intellectual development with families and communities of Indigenous children. The resources developed by the Deadly Tots project include: The Love, Yarn, Sing, Read, Play flip chart; A Height Chart; The Love, Yarn, Sing, Read, Play song; Facebook page; and the Deadly Tots Website.
Babies are the future
Who we need to carry on
The traditions that we pass down
Must be ones that are very strong
Learning is the key
To a future that is bright
Let us keep moving forward
And not give up the fight
Through movement, dance, signing and play
We can step out of the shadows
And show our kids the way
Let us open the doors
And not be shame
Stand up strong
And shout our name
If we teach our kids
From the very start
They will have the skills
To set them apart
So let’s begin this journey
Of stories to be told
Through our artwork
The message we hold
And through our kids
We will succeed
To give them everything
That they need
Ngala Nanga Mai is a Parent Art group based at the La Perouse Aboriginal Health Centre. The group meet twice a week on Tuesday and Thursdays to paint and yarn.
They bring their kids but The Deli childcare workers provide child care while the women paint, so they get a much needed and well deserved break, a bit of time for themselves and a chance to be creative and tell their stories.
The girls from Malabar Midwives and the pediatricians are in and out. All of them ready to listen and support the women. There’s always something happening, excursions to galleries and cultural events, people coming and going. This beautiful tapestry is all drawn together by Michelle Jersky, the Project Coordinator and art teacher and the glue of the group.
The Deadly Tots project team began visiting the group early on in the project. The group is lively and vibrant and the discussions range from all the everyday stuff going on in the lives of these young mums, from the well being of their kids and families to yarning about love, world events, Aboriginal history, men and women. In fact they yarn about all the things that women have yarned about forever. They laugh and they cry together. The group are well connected; to each other, to their communities and to services that can help them.
After a while the group began to yarn with the Project team about what’s important to them in bringing up their kids. It was during this time that one of the Mum’s, Bambi, said that the most important thing was having a network and being connected so you have support through the hard times as well as people to share the fun stuff with. This idea of getting connected became key to the project. Bambi a mother of four; and a poet wrote “Babies are the Future” for the project.
The Ngala Nanga Mai mums then worked on a beautiful collaborative artwork that has formed the foundation for the Deadly Tot’s resources. The painters describe the
main theme shown in the art work as united communities passing down culture and knowledge through families loving, yarning, singing, reading and playing with their kids.
The central image represents the family unit. The painting is divided into four parts separated by decorative bands.
On the right, the importance of nutrition is represented. On the left, reading and singing through culture, is shown. The bottom section represents playing and the top section represents the passing down of knowledge from the elders through the generations.
The Deadly Tots team were invited in to meet the Multi Mix Mob and the results were great friendships and a beautiful song written from the hearts of the Multi Mix Mob Guitar Girls . Follow the link to listen now..LOVE YARN SING READ PLAY FINAL MASTER mp3
The Multi Mix Mob grew out of a group of Aboriginal Mums meeting in the local park . One of the mums worked for the Yarn Up program run through Connect Marrickville based at Marrickville West Primary School, and asked Vivi Martin if they could provide a place to meet in the winter.
The group grew and decided to call itself The Multi Mix Mob to reflect the nature of the group and its mixed ties with the community. It became a home away from home.
One of the many wellbeing activities they did were guitar lessons and singing with their bubs. The Deadly Tots team asked them to create a song in partnership with their guitar teacher Luke, from CatholicCare and Singer/Songwriter Miss Krys. The women and kids enjoyed the process as you can see in the music video.
Bubs emotional, social and intellectual development are all connected. Each one depends on and influences the other. How bub develops depends both on the genes Bub is born with and the experiences Bub has while growing. The first and most important experiences are with
The more we talk and respond to Bub the quicker he or she learns and feels confident about themselves. Even though Bub may not yet understand the words you say they begin to understand their meanings. So, early yarning, reading and singing helps lay down the foundations in
Never undervalue the power of the little things you do. They are the most important.
It also helps both you and Bub if you know what Bub is capable of as he or she grows. The Deadly Tots flip chart will give you general information about what to expect from Bub at different ages. Remember all Bubs develop differently.
If you are worried you should talk to the Aboriginal Health Worker, Child Care Worker or Child and Family Health Nurse. (See contacts page of
Bubs needs and behaviours can change with each new stage of development. For
Help them and always encourage them even if they are struggling.
You can download your
The Koori Kids Menai Playgroup helped The Deadly Tots project by yarning with the Project team about what sorts of information parents wanted. They also sent in plenty of photo of their Deadly Koori Kids for the flip chart. We didn’t stop there we designed a height chart to with our kids hand and footprints and our logo to track the growth of your deadly kids
Koori Kids is a great place to play and chat.Sutherland Shire Family Services welcome Aboriginal children and their families living in the Sutherland Shire to our playgroup.
Koori Kids Menai is an Aboriginal Play group that meets on Mondays during school terms from 10.30 am until 12.30 pm at the Project Youth in Menai.
There is time to play and time to share stories, paint, throw a ball and sing together. We provide a variety of educational play experiences inside and outside for babies and preschoolers.
Fruit, sandwiches and refreshments (a healthy lunch) is enjoyed by the children and parents at morning tea time.
We also have visitors like the Aboriginal Health workers from Narangy Booris to talk about things you would like to know more about.
This is a free service. If you would like to join us at Koori Kids please phone 9528 2933
Kids learn best if they feel safe and loved. Family learns from each other. Kids learn by playing. It’s never too early to start yarning, singing and reading to Kids. Play is fun.