What happens to children in their early years matters a great deal. Improving children’s development through the critical early period can have transformative social and economic impacts. Local Governments can play an essential role in this as they are the closest sphere of government to where children grow, learn, live and play. As Local Governments across Western Australia complete their Strategic Community Plans, now is the time to get children in the early years firmly placed on the agenda. Early Years Networks are key community assets able to provide expertise advice and assistance predicated on local community knowledge and therefore well placed to collaborate with Local Governments in this work.
A new resource called Local Government and Early Years Networks: Working in Partnership Resource helping Local Governments and Early Years Networks to work in partnership has just been released and is available here.
This resource provides links to tools and information including how many young children live in your community, how to successfully engage in decision making and to ensure Local Government is informed about local issues; how to access Australian Early Development Census information about your community, and other resources that will help your community better support children in the early years.
In recognition of this new resource, Local Government Officers and Elected Members, along with members of Early Years Networks are invited to attend a Forum to build partnerships and access tools and information to support children in the early years in WA communities.
For more information, please contact WALGA Marketing and Event Officer, Ulla Wolter on (08) 9213 2043 or email email@example.com
Representatives of regional and remote Local Governments and Early Years Networks are encouraged to apply for financial assistance towards the cost of accommodation or travel. To apply please contact Pauline Gallacher or Carin McCashin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of EYNs and members of Local Government who are members of EYNs
Local Governments and Early Years Networks: Working in Partnership
DATE: Wednesday, 31 May 2017
TIME: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Registration from 8:30AM)
ADDRESS: Boulevard South Room, The Boulevard Centre 99 The Boulevard, Floreat
FEE: $44.00 (Incl GST). Free for members of Early Years Networks and Local Government
RSVP by Wednesday, 24 May
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