Kiya to explore new stories on Play School

Kiya to explore new stories on Play School

ABC Play school has a new partnership that will create a platform for Indigenous voices, perspectives, languages, art and stories.

Partnering with South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council will explore opportunities to develop screen, audio and online content Play school “cast member” and the Noongar doll, “Kiya”.

SWALSC Chief Executive Vanessa Kickett said: “Our partnership with the highly respected and long-standing children’s programme, play school, it’s a wonderful opportunity to share our Noongar culture with children and families across Australia and around the world.”

SWALSC will consult with Play school on Noongar history, culture and language, and educational story ideas for Kiya.

Libbie Doherty, ABC’s head of children’s education, said: “Play school has such a precious heritage in Australia. His songs, stories and focus on learning through play transcend generations. We are thrilled to work with SWALSC to represent First Nations Australians through Kiya in one of our most beloved programmes.”

Kiya first appeared on Play school‘Recognition of the country’, an episode that underlines the importance of taking care of the country together. While Kiya doesn’t Play schoolthe first indigenous toy from , she is the first to have a link to a specific country, being Noongar of South West Western Australia. Kiya means “hello” in Noongar.