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In 2014, MCF developed a partnership with the Puuya Foundation in the Cape York community of Lockhart River. At this time, MCF was working with the Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council who planned to build and operate a new early childhood centre in the community. The official opening of the Kuunchi Kakana Centre was held during 2016 and now operates a Montessori babies programme amongst other activities.
During 2017, MCF was successful in obtaining a $10,000 grant from the Renner Family Foundation to assist with providing ongoing mentoring support for the 15 members of the Lockhart River community who completed the Montessori Assistants Course. The programme continues to maximise the impact of the initial training, and the impact and growth of Montessori early childhood programmes in Lockhart River.
In the long run, we anticipate that the body of Lockhart River Montessori trained early childhood professionals will grow to the point where peer mentoring is available. We are endeavouring to ensure that there is a programme in place to support the existing staff in the future.
In the meantime, pro bono services have been obtained to continue with a research framework that measures the impact of this work through parent interviews and other means. In the past, this research has revealed overwhelmingly positive and transformational outcomes.




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