Young & Young People
Djillay Lidj Best Start Program
The Best Start Program is a Community development based Project aiming to improve the Heath, development and wellbeing for All Aboriginal children.
The Best Start Program employs a facilitator in the Latrobe Valley, working from Central Gippsland Aboriginal Health Services. The role of the Best Start facilitator is to facilitate Programs that run under the Best Start project.
The Best Start Programs are Developed through community consultations, where the Best Start partnership, facilitator and community members come to an agreement of what the needs are of the
community. From there The Facilitator will set up working groups, families, community members, workers and other relevant people will be apart of the working party.
From the working parties Programs like Play groups, screening day are set up.
The Best Start play group runs every Monday from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Noah’s Ark in Morwell.
Play group is a great way to meet other parents, and assist in the development of your child/children. Through play group Best start aims to improve parent’s knowledge and skills of their child’s development. As well as promoting healthy eating, cultural games, and encouraging social interactions.
Mum and Bub’s Group
The Best Start Program, developed a partnership with KMS, Best Start funding the Mum & Bub’s group in Morwell, the aim of the group is to meet other mums, learn more about your baby, their development, and to understand your baby’s needs. The Mum & Bub’s group has been a great success within the Morwell community.
Every year in the September school holidays The Best Start facilitator holds a screening day where all the Aboriginal children in Latrobe Valley have their vision, hearing and speech checked. The aim of the program is to address any needs there maybe before the child is in school. Best Start covers the costs of appointments.
Back to School Back Pack Day
One week before school goes back the Latrobe facilitator holds a fun community/family day. All the Koorie Children going to 3 and 4 year old kindergarten and prep will be given bags, hat, lunch boxes drink bottles and other goodies. This is a fun day to get the children ready for their first day of school or kinder. If you have any children going into prep or kinder please let the Latrobe Best Start facilitator know of your name, your child/ren name, phone number and address so that they don’t miss out.
The Best Start Program is always looking for new ideas, and the Partnership welcomes your input. If you have anything you would like to say please feel free to come along to our community Consultation day, there will be one held every year to make sure Best Start is kept on track.