Mum’s the word for Mother’s Day morning tea!

Katie with her daughter, Maysa, at RIDBC Rockie Woofit Preschool's Mother's Day celebrations

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Rockie Woofit Preschool held an early Mother’s Day celebration on Friday 9 May, 2014, with a morning tea for mums.

RIDBC Rockie Woofit Preschool was purpose built to cater for the needs of children with hearing loss. The morning was an opportunity for mothers to meet and spend time with other parents in similar circumstances.  

“We put on a morning tea as a way of celebrating mums and how special they are to us!” said RIDBC Rockie Woofit Preschool Director, Julie Kaney.

“Children with hearing loss get the best possible start in life when they get early access to three things – the right technology, a dedicated family and specialist early intervention. Families of children with hearing loss often face many challenges so Mother’s Day really is a great opportunity to acknowledge all the hard work of our mums!”

The children enjoyed showing off the preschool to their mums.

“It was a fun morning and the mums were able to spend some time playing with their children before we gave out presents and had a yummy morning tea - that’s always a bit of a highlight!” said Julie.

“The morning was also a great educational opportunity as we are currently looking at the topic of ‘the family’ in our language development program. We used the morning tea to talk our students about their families – what their family means to them and how everyone’s family is different!”

RIDBC Rockie Woofit Preschool is a reverse integration preschool meaning that children from the community who have typical hearing also attend and are excellent language and learning models for their peers.

RIDBC is Australia’s largest provider of services for children with hearing or vision loss, assisting thousands of children a year across Australia.  As Australia’s premier provider of training and education for professionals in the field of sensory disability, RIDBC also ensures that services delivered throughout government and non-government organisations remain cutting-edge.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.  In order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.