Childers gets fund­ing to as­sist fam­i­lies

Isis Town and Country - - News - By BUND­ABERG RE­GIONAL COUN­CIL

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.

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