" I would love to see some of the amazing programs that are already being worked on to address this issue continue. At the Child and Family Centre we have the fantastic Baby Music program that focusses on building language development in very small children (0-2) through fun and play that engages parents in their children's language acquisition. I am sure this is just one example of some great things that are happening and would love to hear from others ideas that may work in our community." - TrudiC
" It is my understanding that there is still an 80% deficit in children's oral language pre-kinder across the George Town community which continues into primary school. Children are then assessed during Naplan testing and often tell me they 'feel stupid' as they are so far below the national average. Self confidence, problem solving skills and critical thinking are bi-products of good oral communication so I feel this is an essential concern. Every program I facilitate endeavours to address these concerns but I only work from ages 8-12 and certainly not with 80% of the student population therefore more funding, expertise and engagement in this area across all age groups would be a benefit. " - kmiller
" What would this look like for 2-5 year olds?" - yvetted
" I would like to see an information pamphlet that outlines expected milestones so families can be assisted to recognise if there are speech delays with there children." - SimoneLouise
" The more assistance us parents can gain to help our children & those in the community the better, we want & need preventation rather than have things happen when its too late. I know the Beaconsfield child & family centre have a room that can be utelised for this service to take place asap thank you." - trish
" This is a great idea, and we would love to see this happen in more regional and rural communities across Northern Tas. We here in George Town would also love to see this happening for our community." - TrudiC
" Have organizations willing to take on these, I know that I'd put my hand up to help out. Activities suitable for both boys & girls, to help them socialising & learning, but not run as a babysitting service." - trish
" Could have activities at the school/skate park with the correct supervision invite PCYC to run something????" - trish
" Outreach to families provided by an early childhood teacher plus community inclusion worker focusing on stay and play sessions where teacher works with the child and the parent on developmentally appropriate learning experiences. Toy swap bags offered as a stage before stay and play." - LWW
" Outreach is essential as many families are isolated or feel uncomfortable to come in to schools or government buildings for support to begin with. We must ensure outreach is working towards building connections and supporting families to support their children. We need educators involved in this process." - ravenswoodlil
" different channels of communication for those in the community that arent on social media or involved with the school and childrens services! maybe a flyer in letterboxes or on power poles just so we get the word out about all the services we provide" - kirstykynanisaiah
" Speech Pathologist funded to work out of the CFC on a weekly basis to assess children and provide therapy and also to build the capacity of parents and teachers to meet their children's needs." - LWW
" We run a "Great Expectations- Pregnant and Pampered" program at Waverley where we invite known expectant mums in our area along to a special afternoon that includes hand massages, foot spas, a free information "show bag" , afternoon tea and a safe and welcoming environment. It is hoped that we can maintain our connection with the mums when bub is born and then are able to invite them along to "Itsy Bitsy Babies" sessions where we work hard on providing relevant info on baby milestones. We believe that having quality relationships with families very early on will help foster and encourage parents to recognise, be knowledgeable and prepared for each stage of child development. We work closely with relevant service providers and refer our families to them when needed. " - salglad
" By encouraging parents to do cooking classes, have community breakfasts run in the schools which can help everyone. Also have flyers/posters showing different options & often these options work out cheaper than what we realise.
" - trish
" NSCC Healthy Families Program would like to offer a paddock to plate progam with a focus on cooking on a budget with seasonal produce, would this be helpful do you think?" - Northern Suburbs Com
" The Northern Suburbs of Launceston has a documented challenge around the affordability and availability of healthy and affordable food. We have one of the most challenged neighbourhoods in the country that has ZERO fresh food to be purchased within walking distance.
The Healthy Families Worker has been working closely with children up to 12 years old around budget-friendly, easy to prepare and easy to source meals that feed a family. We plan meals and cook together, and the children have food and recipes to take home to their family.
Being able to expand on this idea in the future would allow us to explore the ideas of growing your own food both at school and at home, working with local gardens to provide with/for your family and to be able to share the love of cooking and the skills involved with even more children who will otherwise miss this opportunity." - bellafountain
" As a pre-service teacher with my major being health and physical education I cannot emphasise the importance of education for parents.
It is very disheartening teaching children about good nutrition if there is not the support from home to implement this lifestyle.
I think a family cook book would be a great way to engage both children and adults. The cook books could be developed by students. Cross-curriculum is an option, including literacy and numeracy. Writing the recipes is a great chance for students to learn about different forms of media. Cooking is a great chance to teach students about forms of measurement.
There could then be presentation night for some of the recipes, students could prepare the meals for their families.
Adults and children need to be educated together to better the health of all Tasmanians.
Amy Soule " - AmySoule23
" This is such a challenging issue and the ideas here are great. As someone who works at the school it is distressing to see so many kids lunch boxes filled with junk food and non fresh produce. Both the school and community are working hard on this but there needs to be long term funding in this area. " - jacintasturdy123
" We've also been approached about expanding the Cooking Club further and providing assistance, information and support to families working with issues around food intolerances. This could be a group or sessions focussing on different dietary approaches required for gluten-free and allergy-safe cooking or even helping the school at East Tamar Primary make the transition to being a nut-free school. This process will need to have lots of information and options available to families to both educate them and support them in making food choices to send to school that will not only provide better nutrition to their child but ensure the safety of the increasing number of children with food allergies." - bellafountain
" We always hear of them after the event." - EvArcher
" We believe we could do it better over the school breaks as most of the early years school programs are taking a break and families tell us they are looking for things to do locally. We have some great green spaces in the northern suburbs where this could happen.." - Northern Suburbs Com
" yes all areas need school hoilday programs in their areas. transport is often an issues for families" - jacintasturdy123
" I think that sort of thing would work really well, not just in the Northern Suburbs but in St Leonards, Waverley and Ravenswood. Many of the normal school based 0-5 programs don't run during the holidays and families would look to "play in the park" very positively!" - salglad
" Beaconsfield, Beauty Point areas would love to have Picnic and Play as well" - Rebekka
" Yes!! My children LOVE these events. They always have a great time and its nice to meet other families in the community!" - mle123456
" The focus is usually for Littlies and us a great way to bring families together in local green spaces. Its also a great way for services to come along and be a part if local community gatherings. 7248
" - Northern Suburbs Com
" Hi Rebekka,
Could you not lease explain what Second Bit is?" - meggsy
" Second Bite is located in Launceston and provides free food that is donated from e.g. Woolworths, Coles and local producers. The problem is that there is no transport to bring it to Beaconsfield " - Rebekka
" Hmm this is a big concern as many of our streets are too dangerous to be able to get out & enjoy the fresh air because there is no footpaths. Do we pass this onto our local council or see if some organisations get behind this with funding????
" - trish