Hume plan serves kids well

It’s been a wonderful two years of achievement for Hume City Council’s family and children’s services, Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said today.

Cr Patsikatheodorou made the comment after Council released details on how it had fulfilled elements of the Hume Early Years Framework and Action Plan 2014-2018.

“Council promised to explore ways to deliver new community services to areas of Hume that have recently developed, and we’ve had real success,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Hume has been proud to install a relocatable preschool room at Bradford Avenue in Greenvale, and it’s enabled us to make available more childhood education.

“We’re set to establish a similar, but even larger, building on Donnybrook Road in the Annadale Estate, to assist the area’s new families to access preschool and maternal health services.

“Children who attend preschool are better prepared for primary and secondary school, and we’re proud to offer a first-rate kinder service.”

As part of the Hume Early Years Framework and Action Plan, Council pledges to provide parents with lots of great information about services available for children.

For example, Council officers have used the Babies in Hume program to give families details about parenting.

In 2015, Hume commenced evening classes so that more fathers could attend the Babies in Hume sessions, which were ideal for people who had become parents for the first time.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the framework and action plan has assisted Council as it builds relations with families that have only recently arrived in Hume.

“We’ve held activities on Universal Children’s Day, so that Hume families can speak directly with early years professionals,” she said.

“The events enable parents to find out more about learning programs which can support our youngest residents.”

Hume is one of Australia’s fastest growing communities, and 198,000 people now call the municipality home.

Gina Dougall, the chair of the Hume Early Years Partnership, said that services for very young children were essential.

“There’s lots of research which proves the benefit of early years services for children,” Ms Dougall said.

“Everyone who works in the area knows how preschool and other programs can provide a foundation that helps children to gain skills which are used throughout their lives.

“The Hume Early Years Partnership is proud to deliver many activities for families, like the NAIDOC Week celebrations that are scheduled for Broadmeadows next month.

“We want Hume children to receive the support they need at a young age, so they can take advantage of wonderful opportunities in the future.”

For further information on Hume City Council's services for children, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 21 June 2016

Updated : 5:13 PM, 21 June 2016

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