Play School have proudly introduced a new indigenous character and the public reaction is awesome!

Sharing on the ABC Indigenous Facebook page they wrote, “This is Kiya pictured here with her deadly friend Miranda Tapsell.

“Kiya is the new Indigenous doll on Play School and will make her debut during NAIDOC Week in the special episode, ‘Acknowledgement of Country’, celebrating our Indigenous language and culture.

“Kiya’s dress is a collaboration with Noongar artist Kiya Watt and is a special story about her people and the Mother Ocean.

You can catch the episode on the 8th of July from 9.00am on ABC KIDS, with an all-star cast of presenters Miranda Tapsell, Luke Carroll and Hunter Page-Lochard who will find out where Kiya is from and learn to say hello in her language.”

Parents are thrilled by the new addition and have shared their appreciation with the ABC:

“I’m a bit teary about this one. Thank you play school. I wish the world had been aware enough for this to happen when my now big boy was little.”

“When kids can see themselves reflected in media, thank you #abc”

“At last and wonderful to hear – will spread the word.”

“FABULOUS!. I wish Kiya had been around 40 years ago when I was learning (and teaching)”

” So proud of the ABC Playschool show. It is a wonderful thing to see Nyoogar representation on our TV’s. What a great Naidoc celebration for many First Australians. As a non indigenous Australian I just love love love this.”

“Great idea to introduce a new indigenous character to educate children. I applaud the project, keep the good ideas coming ABC Kids.”

“This is amazing… I am looking forward to play this episode in my kindergarten room.”

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  • I love it !


  • Very cool – well done Play School


  • Thats realy good. I hope they introduce some Aboriginal language and some of the tribal traditions. May be hard because of our many tribes but worth a go.


  • I love this!


  • This is very cool


  • This is a great step in the right direction.


  • I think it’s fabulous! and a long time coming!


  • Good on Play School – it is about time.


  • I’m honestly surprised it’s taken this long! I’ve only just gotten back into play school after 15 years, so never noticed/remembered that they didn’t have an indigenous character


  • Great for all kids to see that we are all the same and great for indigenous kids to see themselves represented

    • I totally agree with you! I wonder why it’s taken so long to bring this in?


  • Love it, well done !


  • Wonderful news


  • Playschool is jst such an amazing show.


  • I’d never really considered what ethnicity the characters are. Or how many are human (Jemima springs to mind). I know there are other characters like Humpty, Big Ted and Little Ted, and so on. It’s been years since I’ve watched it though. It’s fantastic for sure. I hope they make a few other different ones too. The more the merrier!


  • I’ve always loved Play School and love it even more now.


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