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WA Early Years Groups’ Forum. Kununurra Early Years Network. Perth May 2011. Introduction. Juan Fernando Larrañaga, Program Manager, Western Australian Program. Objective. About us Early Years Network Overview Quarterly Network Meetings Belong, Be and Become Conference

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Wa early years groups forum

WA Early Years Groups’ Forum

Kununurra Early Years Network

Perth

May 2011


Wa early years groups forum

Introduction

Juan Fernando Larrañaga,

Program Manager, Western Australian Program


Wa early years groups forum

Objective

  • About us

  • Early Years Network Overview

  • Quarterly Network Meetings

  • Belong, Be and Become Conference

  • Kununurra Children and Family Centre Project

  • AEDI Local Champion


Wa early years groups forum

Save the Children –

Advocating for Children

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Save the Children International is the world’s largest independent child rights agency.

Save the Children works in over 100 countries, including Australia, making a reality of children's rights to survival, development, protection and participation.


Wa early years groups forum

Our focus areas

Save the Children works withdisadvantaged children to reach their potential in three pivotal areas:

  • Health

  • Education

  • Child Protection


Wa early years groups forum

Our work in Australia

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East kimberley communities for children programs
East Kimberley Communities for Children Programs

  • Wyndham Early Learning Activity (WELA)

  • Warmun Early Learning Centre

  • Deadly Littlies

  • Kununurra Early Learning

  • Mobile Playscheme

  • Early Years Network

  • Community Activity Fund Small

    Grants


Early years network
Early Years Network

  • Kununurra EYN started in 2007

  • Aims of EYN

  • Professional development and training opportunities

  • Members: community members and services providers working with 0-12 year olds and their families

  • Funding: $20,000 p.a. through FaHCSIA Communities for Children funding


Quarterly network meetings
Quarterly Network Meetings

  • Important networking opportunity

  • Allows collaboration across programs

  • Representation from:

    • Local schools

    • Local government

    • State government: DCP, DET

    • Federal government: FaHCSIA, ICC

    • Community health and allied health

    • Aboriginal health service


Quarterly network meetings cont
Quarterly Network Meetings cont.

  • Childcare centres and family day care providers

  • Early learning centres and playgroups

  • Community centres

  • Community members

  • Guest speakers present at meetings, including local professionals and visiting professionals


  • Quarterly network meetings cont1
    Quarterly Network Meetings cont.

    • Resources needed:

      • Catering for meetings through C4C funding

      • Service provider support

      • Meeting minutes distributed via email

      • Meeting notices advertised in local paper


    Quarterly network meetings cont2
    Quarterly Network Meetings cont.

    • Challenges

      • Indigenous representation

      • Community member representation

      • Provision of creche

      • Mobility of staff and workers

      • Traditional mindset of local service providers

      • Collaboration between services and program provision.


    Quarterly network meetings cont3
    Quarterly Network Meetings cont.

    • Outcomes

      • Forum to keep members up to date

      • Forum to share relevant information

      • Networking opportunities are so valuable

      • Good opportunities to engage guest speakers


    Belong be and become conference
    Belong, Be and Become Conference

    • 2010-11 funding put towards 1 day conference

    • Increased access to quality early childhood PD across the region

    • Attended by 157 people, most from remote areas

    • Speakers: Maggie Dent, Sue Hodges, Sue Gamba, Leonie Cecich, Veronica Johns, Peta Romeyn

    • Two streams: service providers and parents



    Belong be and become conference cont
    Belong, Be and Become Conference cont.

    • Resources needed:

      • Funding: Lotterywest, DEEWR, DET and FaHCSIA through C4C

      • Hands on support to

        organise

      • Used EYN extensively

      • EYN volunteers on the day

      • EYN members provided

        information and giveaways in conference bags


    Belong be and become conference cont1
    Belong, Be and Become Conference cont.

    • Challenges

      • Ensuring information was distributed throughout the region: helped using EYN contacts

      • Venue options in Kununurra limited: especially given the two streams requiring two rooms

      • Ensuring content was relevant

      • Liaising with presenters from a distance


    Belong be and become conference cont2
    Belong, Be and Become Conference cont.

    • Outcomes

      • Wonderful feedback from participants

      • Attendance of 157 people

      • Remote participants could attend with financial support for travel, accommodation and registration fees provided

      • Skilled presenters coming to the region

      • Great networking opportunity

      • Practical skills learned


    Belong be and become conference cont3
    Belong, Be and Become Conference cont.

    • New Learnings

      • Significant planning and organisation required in the lead-up months

      • Needed strong committee set-up early

      • There is a need for events like this in the region


    Kununurra children and family centre project
    Kununurra Children and Family Centre Project

    • Children and Family Centre (CFC) Scoping trip in 2009

    • Scoping Trip Funding: FaHCSIA and other local organisations

    • Kununurra Children and Family Centre announcement

    • Lobbying Government around the location and community consultation.

    • Working Group with DET


    Kununurra children and family centre project cont
    Kununurra Children and Family Centre Project Cont.

    • Resources needed:

      • Community support to approach DET

      • Community support for input into process

      • Funding approved from DET for community consultation to take place

      • Staff time to disseminate information and report back to community

      • Service provider support


    Kununurra children and family centre project cont1
    Kununurra Children and Family Centre Project Cont.

    • Challenges

      • Community ownership

      • Ensuring community and service providers are involved in the process

      • Talking to “the right” people

      • Balancing differing views in the community

      • Keeping everyone informed


    Kununurra children and family centre project cont2
    Kununurra Children and Family Centre Project Cont.

    • Outcomes

      • Scoping Trip Report completed

      • Inclusion of community in CFC process

      • Community consultation undertaken by local Aboriginal woman

      • Minister has approved site location in community’s preferred location

      • New building to be completed by end of 2012


    Aedi local champion
    AEDI Local Champion

    • EYN focus on AEDI began in 2008

    • Dissemination of information

    • Support to early childhood programs

    • DET funded position for 9 months (Nov 2010 – Aug 2011)


    Aedi local champion cont
    AEDI Local Champion cont.

    • Resources needed:

      • Funding to employ worker

      • Technical/information support from AEDI team in Perth

      • Community and service provider support

      • Support where gaps are identified in service provision


    Aedi local champion cont1
    AEDI Local Champion cont.

    • Challenges

      • Project covers a large geographical area

      • Scheduling travel at times that suit communities

      • Weather restricts travel at times


    Aedi local champion cont2
    AEDI Local Champion cont.

    • Outcomes

      • Strengthening of local knowledge

      • Local worker undertaking project is beneficial

      • Worker has travelled within the region to link up with service providers and

        community members

      • Opportunity to strengthen

        local networks and programs


    For more information
    For more information

    Visit our website:

    www.savethechildren.org.au

    Or contact:

    Juan Larranaga, WA Program Manager

    Email: juan.larranaga@savethechildren.org.au

    Ph: 9267 3900

    Anthea Whan, Communities for Children Project Coordinator

    Email: anthea.whan@savethechildren.org.au

    Ph: 9168 2300