Albert Park Kinder has made a commitment to develop a mentally healthy workplace and as part of this commitment has set a goal to achieve Gold status as an MHFA skilled workplace. The kinder became recognised as a Silver Skilled Workplace on 1 June 2016 and continues to hold this level of recognition as per their annual review in 2017. In the past three years 20% of staff have been trained.
The Mental Health First Aid Skilled Workplaces Initiative recognises and rewards the many workplaces across Australia that are doing wonderful work in increasing mental health literacy by rolling out MHFA Courses for employees.
The City of Port Phillip is now supporting the kinder to do reach gold recognition by providing a Community Grant that will cover the cost of training remaining staff.
Jenny Whelan, the Administration Director and Chair of the Wellbeing Subcommittee, shares that many of the changes that have been put in place at the kinder are low cost or no cost. They have a holistic approach to wellbeing in the kinder, and along with mental health first aid training now provide yoga and meditation to staff. It has helped in the kinder to deal with challenges, and now they’ve come to understand that things that are said and done have an impact on each other.
The changes within the kinder have not only developed a strong culture for the staff, it has provided a safe environment for parents to share feedback and concerns. By creating a mentally healthy workplace it’s a better environment for staff, parents, and importantly for children.
Congratulations to Albert Park Kinder and staff for all of their hard work.
Find out more about the MHFA skilled workplace initiative.