Research shows that 90 per cent of a child’s brain develops by the age of three. So all the experiences they have during this time influences their success at school and in later life.
To make sure these children get the best possible start to life, Child and Parent Centres have been set up on or near public schools to support families as they lay the foundations for their children’s development and learning.
Each centre has a coordinator who makes sure programs, services and supports for families are easy to access and use.
Services and support may include:
Contact your local Child and Parent Centre to find out what services are available in your community.
The centres are mainly for families with children from birth to four years as these are the years when children develop most. Families with children up to eight years old can also use the centres.
The centres are all located at or near public primary schools so families with young children have easy access to support and services.
While each centre is located at a particular school, the services it provides are for everyone in the community and surrounding areas, including families whose children attend neighbouring schools.
Centres are located at schools to give families easy access to advice, programs and services, and give schools the opportunity to work with families from the time children are born through to starting school and beyond. The centres will assist children to be ready to start school, and to become happy, confident learners.
Each Child and Parent Centre is operated by a non-government organisation in partnership with the Department of Education. They employ a coordinator who works with parents, schools and the local community.
The non-government organisations have been selected because they have a great deal of experience and expertise in providing programs, services, and advice for families with young children.
Together with principals, Child and Parent Centre coordinators work with government agencies, community organisations and local groups so families get the services and support they most need.
Child and Parent Centres are a State Government initiative that sees the Department of Education, Department of Health, Department of Local Government and Communities, Department for Child Protection and Family Support, and Department of the Premier and Cabinet working together to support families with young children.
A total of $48.7 million from 2013 to 2017 is being invested in 21 Child and Parent Centres across Western Australia.
Each centre will provide programs and services from a special building on the school site.