Childers gets funding to assist families
AS A provider of family and child support programs, Bundaberg Regional Council is delighted to have been successful in receiving funding of $39,500 to undertake educational programs with a focus on childhood education.
Cr Judy Peters said the funds were made available through the State Government Department of Education and Training Early Childhood Education and Care.
“The funding was provided to our Isis Child and Family Support Hub in Childers to develop and promote local resources to assist families to navigate the early childhood development system,” she said.
“Research and discussions with early educators has identified many issues including nutrition, social isolation, literacy, mental health and preparedness for prep and initial school years as some of the most compelling areas of concern.
“To assist parents with children under five years, a range of education-based programs have been developed and will be presented over coming weeks and months.
“These events will include the 1-2-3 Magic Parenting program which is a behavioural management program for individuals interacting with children with challenging behaviour.
“Under 5’s Literacy Day to be held on September 3 will provide a focus on early intervention in imparting literacy skills, with the program supported by a number of specialist agencies including optometrists and speech therapists.”
Cr Peters said a Philippines cooking class for adults would be a part of a range of initiatives highlighting nutrition.
This will be supported by an Early Years Healthy Eating Campaign partnered by the council and Nutrition Australia.
“The raft of programs to be undertaken in addressing this early childhood intervention is of the utmost importance to ensure parents, and especially those with children five years and under, are appropriately advised and sufficiently equipped with the knowledge to confront issues as they arise,” Cr Peters said.
The programs will be rolled out during August, September and October, and parents interested in participating or learning more are requested to contact Childers Neighbourhood Centre or phone 4130 4690.