EARLY INTERVENTION AND PERINATAL PROJECT
Support Groups provide social emotional support and coping mechanisms to those people who are undergoing a difficult time in their lives during settlement in Australia. Support groups reduce social isolation and create network opportunities for community members.
Supported playgroups are an effective means to empower families and help them make choices that positively influence their children’s development whilst also fostering the skills needed to effectively participate in and contribute to the development of their local community. Playgroups also have a positive effect on the health and vitality of communities across our local government areas.
Readiness to School Program
Readiness to school program is implemented to promote the development of skills which are optimal for children to possess before commencing school. The program creates a sense of belonging within the school community. It is aimed at achieving a smooth transition for all children from playgroup to primary school.
Antenatal classes provide support to disadvantaged mothers from CALD backgrounds that have lived in Australia for less than two years. This has been achieved simply by maintaining positive and effective communication channels between health providers and CALD women.
Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
The Triple P program provides parents simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage their children’s behaviour, prevent problems developing and build strong, healthy relationships. Triple P seminars, groups and individual sessions are available upon request.
Home visits play a key role in providing effective parenting skills and improving child development. Better links with local services are established through referrals to other local services.
Paint Parra ReAd
Paint Parra Read is a literacy program aimed at increasing literacy skills for children under 5. The aim of the program is to encourage parents to start reading, singing and writing with their children every day from birth.
Perinatal Forum for Service Providers
The focus of the forum is to identify needs and issues of mothers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who give birth in Australia. The forum explores various aspects of maternity and cross cultural perspectives of these women and their babies.