Childhood delivery boost
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.