Best Start

Best Start is a prevention and early intervention program that aims to improve the health, development, learning and wellbeing of all Victorian children from conception through to transition to school (up to eight years old).

The Best Start program operates in 30 locations across Victoria. There are 24 mainstream sites and six Aboriginal Best Start sites in rural and metropolitan locations.

It is based on formal partnerships of local agencies and service providers to improve the outcomes for children.

This localised, targeted way of finding solutions to problems faced by families has been shown to be extremely effective. Efforts are focused on boosting children’s participation in the programs we know have the best results for setting them up for success, such as kindergarten and maternal and child health (MCH) services. The program also puts in place prevention strategies, such as providing referral pathways when targeted supports are required.

The Best Start Facilitator facilitates and builds effective working relationships between a range of senior government and community sector partners to secure the delivery of identified work priorities. The Facilitator responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Engaging and networking effectively with Aboriginal and mainstream services. They build relationships, gain commitment from partners and work to keep commitment levels high.
  • The review of data, evidence and local knowledge with the partnership to identify community needs and then to develop key strategies and actions to respond to those needs.
  • Leading local data collection plans and transferring data to the Best Start central data repository.
  • Identifying learnings and opportunities for improvement supporting the Best Start monitoring and reporting framework.