Collie Early Years Network. “It takes a village to raise a child.” African Proverb. Melanie Whitfield May 2011. Forming the Network.
“It takes a village to raise a child.”
The Collie Early Years Network was formed in February of 2008, to bring together individuals, organisations and agencies that have an interest and passion for the early years.
The network includes parents with an interest in the Early Years and representatives from Department of Education and Training, The Shire of Collie, Department for Communities, GP Down South, Child Health- Community Health Services, The Smith Family, Collie Family Centre, The Collie Library, Disability Services Commission, Local Playgroups, Collie Child Care and Early Learning Centre, Jenni’s House Family Day Care, Early Learning Areas from each of the 5 local Primary Schools.
2. Partnerships are established within Collie and surrounding areas, across agencies and within communities to ensure a cohesive approach is achieved in providing services to children and families in the early years, by:
3. Promote and advocate developmentally appropriate experiences that enrich the early years across all domains- social/emotional, cognitive, motor skills, creative.
All of our projects are funded individually.
Coordinator works as volunteer (Roughly 15 hrs a week). This has prevented the growth of the group.
Our community newspaper is poorly utilised by our demographic. Advertising in Collie Mail is expensive.
Changes in Staff:
Child Health Nurses and Collie Family Centre Staff have recently changed. GP’s and Midwives overworked and therefore unable to support CEYN by promoting services consistently.
Conflict between community groups with and early years interest:
Partnerships are at times difficult to form.
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When Child Health Nurse makes initial contact with a family when a baby is born they give the family a Gift Voucher from the CEYN.
The client then calls the CEYN to organise a date and time for delivery.
The CEYN ask basic questions about food allergies, dietary requirements, hazards that may be present during delivery etc.
CEYN contact Meals on Wheels at Collie Home Support and place order.
CEYN Coordinator collects meals from Meals on Wheels Kitchen and delivers them to clients home at agreed time.
“Was great- for a couple of nights we did not have to think about dinners. Felt like a break/ treat. Gave my husband and I more time to relax together.”
“Allowed me more time to do other family things instead of having to cook.”
“This was an absolutely great program. Knowing I didn’t have to cook 2 nights meant that I got to spend more time with the kids and I was definitely less stressed. I would recommend it to all new mums.”
“Well organized, excellent idea, a meal you don’t have to worry about when you have a new baby is a fantastic thing. Thank you to those who made it possible.”
Feedback for open and frank discussion about the impact of a new baby on family relationships.
“ Casual and relaxed atmosphere was good and was the reason I came. Would definitely come again.”
“Will definitely come along and support this again... Next time as an ‘experienced’ dad!”
“Great to meet other ‘dad’s to be’. Would be great to get together once babies are born.”