Learn­ing pro­gram cel­e­brates

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE EDUCATION - Con­tact 5438 3777 or tm­cco55@eq.edu.au. Carly Cullen Carly.Cullen@sc­news.com.au

IT’S a cause for cel­e­bra­tion at Talara Pri­mary Col­lege as they cel­e­brate 40 years of the Early Child­hood De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram (ECDP).

ECDP’s across Queens­land are cel­e­brat­ing the mile­stone.

Talara’s ECDP is a re­gional ser­vice pro­vid­ing sup­port for chil­dren from birth to school age who have a de­vel­op­men­tal de­lay in one or more of the fol­low­ing ar­eas: in­tel­lec­tual, phys­i­cal, vi­sion, hear­ing, speech, lan­guage or autis­tic spec­trum disor­der.

Head of Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Ser­vices Leesa Turn­bull says “fam­i­lies have been ac­cess­ing this ser­vice for some time”.

“We sup­port fam­i­lies with chil­dren who have dis­abil­i­ties or ex­pected dis­abil­i­ties,” she said.

The pro­gram helps chil­dren ad­just­ing from one school level to the next. “We help them in kindy set­tings and the tran­si­tion into prep,” she said.

“Whether it’s for our school, or a dif­fer­ent school.

“We just want to make it as smooth as pos­si­ble and to en­sure the schools are aware of how to meet the best needs of the child,” said Ms Turn­bull.

The pro­gram is de­signed to help in­fants and can be a great way for par­ents to meet and share sim­i­lar sto­ries.

“It’s a re­ally great way for par­ents to meet and talk about their tri­als and tribu­la­tions, it’s a par­ent sup­port net­work too,” said Ms Turn­bull.

Cel­e­bra­tions start at 3.30pm on Novem­ber 9 at Talara ECDP, Talara Dr, Cur­rimundi with a sausage siz­zle and kid’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

The school wel­comes past staff, ther­a­pists, stu­dents of the ECDP and their par­ents or car­ers to at­tend.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BUILD­ING BLOCKS: Talara Pri­mary Col­lege’s Early Child­hood De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram is help­ing build the foun­da­tion for the youngest gen­er­a­tion.

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