Build­ing bonds through early learn­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

COL­LIER Pri­mary School has launched a free pro­gram to bring par­ents to­gether while learn­ing new skills.

The Early Learn­ers Group pro­gram for new­borns to three­year-olds started in April in a bid to get par­ents and their chil­dren en­gaged in a healthy, ac­tive lifestyle early.

Col­lier pri­mary deputy prin­ci­pal Bet Fisher said that while the pro­gram was ed­u­ca­tional, it was also a great way for new par­ents to bond with their chil­dren.

“We are aim­ing to de­velop a sense of be­long­ing and long-last­ing re­la­tion­ships be­tween the chil­dren and par­ents, so it’s re­ally about con­tin­u­ing to build strong com­mu­nity re­la­tion­ships,” Mrs Fisher said.

The pro­gram in­volves med­i­cal screen­ings from the Abo­rig­i­nal Med­i­cal Ser­vice, speak­ing and read­ing, par­ent­ing sup­port and ad­vice on toi­let­ing and breast­feed­ing, baby mas­sage, a free crèche and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Early Learn­ers Group ses­sions will re­place the Eat-Play-Thrive run by Ngala, which ended last month due to lack of fund­ing.

Ngala’s Ed­u­ca­tion Co-or­di­na­tor Alisha Wells said the pro­gram was a WA Health ini­tia­tive and had been run­ning since June 2013.

“It was about look­ing at the macro en­vi­ron­ment, what we ate and how we moved,” Ms Wells said. “The plan was to en­cour­age par­ents to fo­cus on healthy food such as grains, fruit and veg­eta­bles.”

Ngala par­ent­ing work­shops are still run­ning in Kens­ing­ton and Bel­mont and fo­cus on man­ag­ing tod­dlers, eat­ing, sleep­ing, toi­let­ing, be­hav­iour and other ses­sions. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about Ngala work­shops ring 9368 9368.

Email Bet.Fisher@ed­u­ca­ to book in for Col­lier’s Early Learn­ing Group 2016 se­mes­ter.

Olivia Glaser with eight-month-old daugh­ter Sum­mer and Liesl Lar­mour with daugh­ter Lilly (1) tak­ing part in the last Ngala EatPlayThrive ses­sion.

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