The Infant’s Home (TIH) was awarded the HESTA Early Childhood Education and Care Award 2016 in the category Excellence in Building Inclusion, Journalist Sue Osborne writes.
The TIH’s extraordinary history goes a long way to explain its philosophy of making inclusion core to every aspect of its functioning.
TIH was founded as a rescue operation in 1874 for abandoned babies and mothers. From the beginning the aim was to provide a place where mothers and babies could stay together.
Many young women working in manor houses were abused by the ‘master’, and thrown out when they became pregnant. A group of far sighted women banded together to provide a refuge for these and other women and babies in need. They received much criticism at the time, including being pilloried in the Sydney Morning Herald, as they were seen as encouraging illegitimacy.