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.
Communities for Children Strategic Plan 2015-2019 Strategic Plan
The Numbulwar Saltwater Playgroup, based at the Numbulwar School and Ngukurr Freshwater Playgroup, based at the Guluman Child and Family Centre, are staffed by dedicated locally based Aboriginal Playgroup Workers. These remote community playgroups focus on engaging parents and carers and their children in regular, culturally meaningful play based development activities and building confidence, connections and support systems.
Anglicare NT works with Community Partners to deliver C4C activities which meet needs identified in specific EA communities.
The East Arnhem Regional Council (EARC) delivers a Nutrition and Wellbeing program to families in several East Arnhem communities and a Family Skills Facilitator Service in Umbakumba.
Growing Up Strong Kids is a targeted activity focusing on nutrition and development in Gapuwiyak.
Families and Schools Together (FAST) is an NT Christian Schools family-strengthening program that works with at-risk and vulnerable families. Families partner with a local FAST team, a school and community agencies to help their children grow and succeed in life.
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. The PALS activity uses a bi-cultural approach to promote understanding and exploration of child development milestones, neural pathways and effective parenting practices. PALS also supports a small-scale playgroup in Yurrwi (Milingimbi).
Family Skills Facilitator Service
The Family Skills Facilitator Service uses a strengths-based, culturally adapted case-management approach to work with families with children who need extra support in the communities of Yurrwi (Milingimbi) and the Gove Peninsula.
“We Grow Them Up!”
The ‘We Grow Them Up’ Learning Forum celebrates, showcases and promotes culturally meaningful, locally based activities and regional initiatives. The forum is a unique opportunity for early childhood, children’s services and family support staff, community leaders and key stakeholders to share information and learnings, develop networks and explore ways to hear children’s voices and promote child friendly communities.