East Arnhem Communities for Children (C4C) and Remote Playgroups Initiatives
East Arnhem Communities for Children (EA C4C) and Remote Playgroups Initiatives are funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and the Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to deliver targeted activities to support children, their families and communities to improve developmental outcomes for children in remote Indigenous Communities across East Arnhemland.
The Communities for Children Activity enables organisations to develop and facilitate a whole of community approach which builds on community strengths and the existing infrastructure of organisations, networks and resources, making use of strong evidence of what works in early intervention. It is implemented through a national framework which allows for tailored approaches at the local level and provides communities with the opportunity to develop flexible and innovative approaches that best reflect their circumstances.
Remote Playgroups receive specific funding to engage carergivers with their children in regular culturally meaningful, play-based developmental activities.
Funded Playgroups support families of pre-school aged children in the Remote Indigenous Communities of:
• Numbulwar, and
Anglicare NT Remote Playgroups are staffed by local workers in Remote Indigenous Communities in order to provide culturally meaningful play activities that engage caregivers with their children aged 0-3 years up to 4 mornings per week during school terms.
EA C4C Initiatives also support smaller scale playgroup-like activities on the Gove Peninsula communities of Birritjimi and Gunyangara, Langarra Homeland, Angurugu on Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra on Bickerton Island.
Anglicare NT works with Community Partners to deliver C4C activities which meet needs identified in specific EA communities.
In 2014-15 Community Partners are providing Nutrition and Wellbeing Mums and Bubs Activities, Families and Schools Together (FAST) parenting education program in four communities, a Family Skills Facilitator Service for Umbakumba, a targeted activity focussing on nutrition and development at Gapuwiyak, a small scale Playgroup for Milyakburra and launches of NT Libraries Bilingual Baby Board Books in Numbulwar and Galiwin’ku.
EA C4C Resource Unit
Play and Learn Support (PALS) Resource
The Play and Learn Support (PALS) Resource is a tool for facilitating conversations about effective parenting to meet children’s developmental needs. Trainer Mentors work with caregivers and families and also service providers who work with children in East Arnhem. The PALS activity uses a bi-cultural approach to promote understanding and exploration of child development pathways, neural development and effective parenting practices.
Family Skills Facilitator Service
A Family Skills Facilitator Service provides strengths-based, culturally sensitive case-management approach working with families of children identified as at risk in remote communities of Milingimbi, and the Gove Peninsula.
“We Grow Them Up!”
EA C4C resources activities which strengthen practice and support connections and enable service providers to work together, share learnings, promote effective, evidence-supported practices, collaborate in planning processes and share infrastructure and resources at both local community and regional levels to the benefit of children and their families.
Anglicare NT has held the “We Grow Them Up!” East Arnhem regional forum bi-annually to celebrate and promote culturally meaningful, Two-Ways learning, and share best practice early child development information for mainstream and Indigenous service providers, practitioners, key community leaders and families who live in or work with children in remote communities across East Arnhem.