Katherine Isolated Children’s Service is a not-for-profit, registered charity and an incorporated association. KICS began remote playgroups in the Northern Territory in 1988 and became incorporated in 1989.
Katherine Isolated Children’s Service visits children and families who are socially and geographically isolated. KICS visits children living on pastoral properties, in Indigenous communities, in the small towns of Mataranka, Timber Creek and Elliott and participates in invitational events such as campdrafts, Ladies Days, Family Days and Katherine School of the Air events.
Statement of Philosophy
Katherine Isolated Children’s Service (KICS) endeavours to foster play based learning with quality resources by facilitating opportunities for geographically and socially isolated children to engage with visiting team members and other children.
Children are encouraged to participate in art, craft and science based activities, building and construction, engaging in imaginative play, movement, reading, talking and listening, and discovering cause and effect to learn new knowledge and skills and practice existing ones. This practice and learning assists with children’s intellectual, social and physical development.
KICS is respectful of the diversity of children as well as their cultural and familial contexts. Building and maintaining relationships with children and their families and carers is integral to the delivery of the KICS service.
KICS teams encourage and engage remote and isolated children and their families by role modelling positive, fair and fun play.