Building bonds through early learning
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@education.wa.edu.au 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.