Child­hood de­liv­ery boost

North Coast Times - - #SNAPPERTH - Lucy Jarvis

THERE will be more than 25,000 chil­dren aged up to five years of age in the City of Wan­neroo by 2021.

The coun­cil re­cently adopted the City’s Early Child­hood Strate­gic Plan and re­vised early child­hood pol­icy to cater for the City’s youngest res­i­dents.

“The City of Wan­neroo is widely recog­nised as a leader in fa­cil­i­tat­ing ef­fec­tive, ev­i­dence based early child­hood ini­tia­tives for its com­mu­nity,” the Oc­to­ber coun­cil re­port said.

The plan said the City had the sec­ond high­est birth rate in the metropoli­tan area with 2979 ba­bies born in 2015.

It high­lighted ac­tions such as the It’s All About Play pro­gram, ECU’s ‘preg­nancy to par­ent­hood’ peri­na­tal and in­fant men­tal health ser­vice, child and ado­les­cent com­mu­nity health clin­ics and Playgroup WA.

“The City’s Australian Early De­vel­op­ment Cen­sus re­sults in 2015 showed there was a 3.8 per cent de­crease in chil­dren who were de­vel­op­men­tally vul­ner­a­ble in one or more do­mains since the re­sults in 2012,” it said.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said since the first plan was re­leased in 2014, cen­sus re­sults showed chil­dren’s vul­ner­a­bil­ity had dropped and the City hoped the trend would con­tinue.

“Strong part­ner­ships over the past three years have en­sured an in­te­grated ap­proach to plan­ning, de­liv­ery and re­view of ser­vices and sup­ports within our com­mu­nity,” she said. “Th­ese part­ner­ships con­tinue to drive our work, which will be home to over 25,000 chil­dren aged zero to five years by 2021.”

The re­port said the plan was guided by lo­cal de­mo­graph­ics, re­sults from the cen­sus and com­mu­nity as­pi­ra­tions.

“Fa­cil­i­tat­ing the health and well­be­ing of the next gen­er­a­tion of our com­mu­nity will cul­ti­vate a skilled work­force and healthy, en­gaged cit­i­zens to meet the eco­nomic and so­cial chal­lenges of the fu­ture,” she said.

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