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At Ekidna we believe our role is to provide a strong support network for families. This is at the heart of Ekidna and is what sets this unique service apart from many others.  It truly does "take a village to raise a child", and we believe that creating an authentic community in which families experience a sense of belonging has a significant impact on the wellbeing of the child and the family as a whole. Ekidna is proud to embrace families from a wide array of backgrounds, and the diversity within our community is something that is deeply valued. Families are supported with respect and compassion, enabling them to approach their child's learning and development with the confidence to make choices that are aligned to their family. Being a strong part of the surrounding community, Ekidna has a wide network of support services that they can connect with families where needed. The support this offers families is invaluable. 

"Our goal is to build an amiable school, where children, teachers and families all feel at home. such a school requires careful thinking and planning concerning procedures, motivations and interests. It must embody ways of getting along together, of intensifying relationships amongst the three central protagonists - children, teachers, and parents - to become more united and aware of each others' contribution."

(Gandini, 2012, p. 43).