Child Care Links
What is Child Care Links?
The Child Care Links initiative, funded through the Early Childhood-Invest to Grow initiative under the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of families with young children.
A Child Care Links worker is employed to support families and develop relationships between child care services, children's services and families. In addition to increasing parents' knowledge and the understanding of services, facilities and support in the area, Child Care Links also raises community awareness of the importance of early childhood development and its influence on later outcomes in life.
The initiative is sponsored by the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Click here to go to the FaCSIA website.
Coober Pedy Child Care Links
Coober Pedy Child Care Links is assisting Friends of Child and Youth Health to run "Active Playgroup", this program (similar to Kindergym) is to provide the youngsters of our community (0 to 5 year olds) a place to play out of the heat and an environment to promote and develop physical and social skills.
'Food, Food, Wonderful Food' is another of Child Care Links programs, it promotes nutritious, healthy lifestyles within our families. Early Childhood services that are involved include; Mini Gem's Children's Centre, Tjiti Tjapu Tjuta Child Care Centre, Coober Pedy Area School OSHC and Child Parent Centre (kindergarten).
Child Care Links is organising the Child and Youth Health with the 'Kids Fun' Tent at the upcoming Opal Festival (7th April, 2007). There will be lots of fun activities & displays for children, and a breast feeding & nappy change area for mothers and babies.
We are also promoting Dental Health, through our 'Healthy Smiles = Healthy Kids' program.
The Links officer also supports the participation of community services and organisations in child care, such as; Dietician and Speech pathologist visits, Child Youth Health Check ups.
If you have any enquiries please call the Coober Pedy Child Links Officer, Tanya Lauder on (08) 8672 5298, mobile: 0439 864 166 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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