Foundation House Early Years Program
We are very proud to announce that along with our partners, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Wyndham City Council, VICSEG New Futures and Mercy Hospitals Victoria, we are the proud recipients of the 2017 Victorian Early Years Awards in the Creating Collaborative Partnerships category for the Healthy Beginnings for Refugee Mothers and Babies initiative.
We are also very pleased that our Early Years Program was launched by the Hon Jenny Mikakos MP last month. The program seeks to improve the health, development, wellbeing and educational needs of refugee background children and families in Victoria. A clip from the launch can be seen here.
The importance of early years programs to a child’s positive development has been recognised globally and in Australia. Access to maternal and child health services, kindergartens and other programs such as playgroups all play a role in a good start to a child’s life , and also enhance family participation in their community. In 2011, Foundation House undertook work with early years services in the City of Brimbank and the Chin community which highlighted the significant barriers that newly-arrived families face in accessing such services.
This work has been documented in The Early Childhood Access and Participation Project: Talking with Chin Families from Burma about Early Childhood Services. Click here to read the publication. In 2016, the work of the ECAP Project was recognised with a Victorian Early Years Award in the category for “Improving Access and Participation in Early Learning”. To read more about the award, click here.
The goal of the subsequent Foundation House program is to explore the barriers and facilitators to inclusion, and to develop strategies to promote full inclusion of families. The Early Years program of work includes:
- provision of resources, professional learning opportunities and consultancy
- place-based collaborative projects to establish meaningful dialogue between community members and Early Years sector representatives
- collaborative projects with local and state-wide Early Years providers.
For further details on the program, please contact, Katherine Cooney, Early Years Project Co-ordinator on 0438 211 785