Network connects us

Callan HatchmanThe Kimberley Echo
The Kununurra Early Years Network support local programs and services for parents with children up to five years old.
Camera IconThe Kununurra Early Years Network support local programs and services for parents with children up to five years old. Credit: Save the Children

The Kununurra Early Years Network plays an important role in connecting our community by working together to develop and implement initiatives, services and activities aimed at improving outcomes for young children and families.

At a meeting on March 6, service providers gathered to share knowledge and promote early childhood initiatives happening in the community.

Kato Matthews, of Sprout and Me, spoke about a range of educational programs aimed at supporting parents with young children, such as Kanga Training, breast feeding, sleepless toddlers and more.

The Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Health Services Early Intervention team provided information on the allied health services they provide across the East Kimberley.

Blue Earth mentioned their team-building and psycho-motricity training, and the Wunan Foundation spoke about the PaCE program to reach out to vulnerable and disengaged families.

Early years networks exist all over Australia to facilitate conversations, increase opportunities and promote best practice for programs and services for parents with children up to five years old.

Save the Children co-ordinates the network across the East Kimberley.

With more than 100 years of international experience and with strong local connections, Save the Children is well placed to support those connections in our region.

The Department of Communities provides support to early years networks, assisting with planning and identifying shared priorities in the region.

The early years network offers an opportunity to nurture local leadership among people who choose to call Kununurra home, know the local community best, and understand the needs of children and families.

A question for the community from the network is “what do you think needs to be actioned to support community members to have the best information and support in creating the best environment for children from birth to five years old?”

Exciting news for Kununurra families: the Kununurra Neighbourhood House will be opening in its new location later this year and will continue to provide a range of programs and services for families.

We encourage participation to the Kununurra Early Years Network. Contact our Senior Project Officer, Denise Hearne on 91682 300 or denise.hearne@ savethechildren.org.au.

Callan Hatchman is the Save the Children Kimberley regional manager.

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