Evidence tells us that early childhood services play a significant role in a child’s positive development. Access to maternal and child health services, child care, kindergartens and other programs such as playgroups also provide an opportunity to enhance family participation in their community.
Our Early Years Program seeks to explore the barriers and enablers to inclusion, and to develop strategies to promote full inclusion of families from refugee backgrounds through:
- The provision of resources, professional learning opportunities and consultancy
- Place-based collaborative projects to establish meaningful dialogue between community members and representatives from the early childhood sector
- Collaborative projects with local and state-wide early childhood education and service providers
- The Early Childhood Access and Participation Project: talking with Chin families from Burma about early childhood services
- Raising Children in Australia: a resource kit for early childhood services working with parents from African backgrounds
- Schools and Families in Partnership: A desktop guide to engaging families from refugee backgrounds in their child’s learning