CARING: Sandcastles Early Education Centre director Rachel Arthur with Sylvie and Mahli, both aged 3.
CARING: Sandcastles Early Education Centre director Rachel Arthur with Sylvie and Mahli, both aged 3. Susanna Freymark

Changing a world from being racist for children

RACHEL Arthur wants to make a difference in children’s lives through reducing racism and keeping children safe.

“Racism stops with me,” Ms Arthur said.

“Seeing how innocent children are, yet they can grow up to be racist and homophobic.

“It’s not okay to exclude people,” she said.

The 21-year-old director of Sandcastles Early Education Centre was a NSW finalist for Director of the Year in the Australian Family Early Education Care Awards.

At the Evans Head centre, filled with colourful educational toys and pictures, Ms Arthur’s office is like a cupboard, her desk and computer squeezed into a corner.

Her computer screen shows 16 camera viewpoints so she can see what is going on in every corner of the childcare centre. What she most wants to see is equality for all children.

“My passion is recon- ciliation,” she said.

“I aim to close the gap between Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal children.”

She believed children misbehaved for a reason and saw it as her job to find it.

“My aim is to make the centre as culturally safe as possible,” she said.

The centre caters for children aged from 6 weeks to 12 years and it includes before and after-school care.

Ms Arthur is in the process of becoming a

foster carer.

She said Sandcastle’s owner Liesl Pyke-Nott, had supported her all the way.



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