Families living in the Shire of Kalamunda are featured in a new calendar which has been developed by the local community to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood.
Child Protection and Communities Minister Sue Ellery said the 2008 calendar was an excellent example of how a community could work together to improve the well-being of its young children.
“The calendar is a celebration of young children and is a passionate undertaking by the local community to see that children are raised as healthy and happy individuals,” Ms Ellery said.
“Its purpose is threefold: to raise awareness of the importance of the early years of a child’s life; to highlight the services, facilities and support available to families living in the Shire of Kalamunda; and to provide contact details for these services.
“The attractive and colourful professional photographs in the calendar feature local families and their young children at local parks, open spaces and playgrounds.
“Important dates to remember and special activities that families can participate in are also features of the calendar.”
The calendar was created by the Foothills Early Years Community Partnership, established in 2005 to help local families nurture and care for their children.
It was funded through the State Government’s Early Childhood Agenda and will be distributed free of charge to families living in the Shire of Kalamunda.
“Through the Early Childhood Agenda, the Government has established a focus on the crucial early years of our children’s lives by investing in support for children and families,” the Minister said.
“Government strategies include the establishment of 25 Early Years partnerships across WA, the provision of Early Years development grants and development of the Best Start program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.”
Ms Ellery said one of FEYCP’s major projects has been implementation of the Australian Early Development Index in Forrestfield, High Wycombe and Wattle Grove.
“This is a valuable measure of our children’s development and lets us think laterally about what we can do to improve outcomes and the overall wellbeing of our young children,” she said.
“The Carpenter Government is committed to supporting programs like these that encourage and promote a brighter future for all Western Australian children.”
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