A ground-breaking early years program for children under five in remote Aboriginal communities, integrating health, wellbeing, education and development to give children the best start in life.

80%

of children under 5 years attend Indi Kindi in the communities where it runs

3,000

fresh, home-cooked meals are served annually to our participants

60%

of our local Aboriginal educators have been with Indi Kindi for over 4 years

The Indi Kindi Story

Since 2012, Indi Kindi has supported families to improve early years development of their children within a culturally cognisant framework for improved life outcomes. Indi Kindi is delivered in two remote Northern Territory communities in the Gulf of Caprentaria, Borroloola and Robinson River.

The program is led by a Community Advisory Group made up of local leaders, Elders, Traditional Owners, families and team members to guide and advocate for the program.

[Indi Kindi] is the one things my kids loved going to. I love everything about it and it's like sending my kids to someone in the family. The kids are not shy to go, it's like a home environment so they are not scared and feel confident. My children are 1 and 4 years – the program is also very helpful for new mothers, it gives the mums a break too.

Emily Evans, whose children attend Indi Kindi

Health and Wellbeing Focus

Indi Kindi seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children, families and local communities. Through our partnerships with local health networks and the Menzies School of Research HealthLAB program, we support the local community by:

– Increasing physical activity and healthy eating habits.
– Supporting social and emotional wellbeing.
– Helping to reduce incidences of communicable diseases.

Innovative Early Learning Model

Our ground-breaking “Walking Learning” model is designed to be delivered outdoors enabling movement, freedom and creative expression suited to the cognitive strengths of young Aboriginal learners. We teach our young learners in a culturally relevant way that involves local organisations and members of the community.

We teach our young learners in a culturally relevant way that includes local organisations and members of the community. We help children become confident learners, effective communicators and feel connected to their family, community, culture and Country.

Local Employment

We are a locally-led program and have a strong focus on building local staff capacity through mentoring, skills development and formal qualifications to develop and sustain our local Aboriginal educators.

The strength of our program is in its delivery by local women who have been with Indi Kindi for 4-5 years and represent the different language groups in the community. They have become leaders, acting as role models for families, providing guidance on early learning and child development.

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LATEST Indi Kindi NEWS

Tree of Life workshops with Indi Kindi and JMF

June 23, 2020

[MEDIA RELEASE] Indi Kindi secures funding from UNICEF Australia

June 9, 2020

Reimagining health education in remote communities – Menzies

May 21, 2020

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