Key ElementsThe Australian Government has committed $0.4 million to fund four existing early childhood services in the Northern Territory (NT) to enable continued and improved assistance to Indigenous families and children.
BackgroundFunding has been extended to a range of services, including:
- the Council of Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services in Darwin, NT;
- the NPY Women's Council Child Nutrition Program in the NT;
- Let's Start: Exploring Together for Indigenous Preschools in the NT; and
- Core of Life across Australia.
NPY Women's Council Child Nutrition Program provides case management and support for families where children are at risk, particularly through failure to grow. They also provide nutrition and early childhood education work through community health weeks and expos. Support is also provided through advocacy for families and children in relation to child protection intervention, and encouraging schools to introduce nutrition into the curriculum.
Let's Start: Exploring Together for Indigenous Preschools aims to support parents, improve parenting practices, strengthen family units, reduce children's problematic behaviour, develop children's social skills and boost their self-esteem. The program focuses on children at risk and their families, particularly where there are high rates of family conflict and frequent notifications for child neglect.
Core of Life Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding and Early Parenting is a 'hands on' prevention/early intervention life education program. It aims to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy and assist pregnant teenagers with preparation for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting.
These services provide assistance to families and children, including addressing family violence, child development, early intervention and linking families with other assistance.
Around 90 Indigenous children and their families will be helped by the ongoing funding of Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) early childhood services. This measure ensures an integrated approach to early childhood education and care and health measures and services.