Families living in the Shire of Kalamunda will receive more support to nurture and care for their young children, thanks to a $100,000 grant announced by the State Government today.
Communities Minister Sue Ellery said the Foothills Early Years Community Partnership, a group committed to improving the lives of local children aged up to four, had been awarded the money to employ a full-time co-ordinator.
“The co-ordinator will set up early childhood programs in Forrestfield, High Wycombe, Maida Vale and Wattle Grove, as well as build on the community relationships developed by the FEYC since its inception in 2005,” Ms Ellery said.
“One of FEYCP’s major projects has been implementation of the Australian Early Development Index in the Foothills.
“This is a valuable measure of a child’s development and allows us to develop ways to improve outcomes and the overall well-being of our young children.
“A sub-committee of the FEYCP has developed an action plan to address the outcomes of the AEDI in the Foothills, and the new co-ordinator will ensure the action plan is implemented.
“The plan focuses on researching and establishing new early years programs and services and strengthening existing ones.
“The funding will also support the continuation of existing programs, such as Family Rhyme Time, in which parents bond with their children and improve literacy levels by reciting rhymes, songs and stories.”
FEYCP is a partnership between Kalamunda Shire, Child and Adolescent Health Service, East Metropolitan Inclusion Support Service, Disability Services Commission, Foothills Information and Referral Service, Australian Breastfeeding Association, Department for Child Protection and Department for Communities.
It also has a strong representation of local mothers.
Ms Ellery said the Carpenter Government was committed to supporting programs that encouraged and promoted a brighter future for all Western Australian children.
“Through the Early Childhood Agenda, the Government has established a focus on the crucial early years of children’s lives by investing in support for children and families,” she 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.
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