Children in communities near Katherine will get a strong start in life with Federal Government funding of over $950,000 for two playgroup projects.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said funding of $811,625 over 2.5 years through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round would go to Good Beginnings Australia Limited.
“The funds will go towards 160 playgroup sessions per year in the communities of Binjari, Rockhole and Kalano,” Minister Scullion said.
“Thirty-five children in these communities will receive culturally and developmentally appropriate, play based and non-structured learning experiences.”
Minister Scullion said funding of $165,000 over 3 years would go to the Katherine Isolated Children’s Service Inc (KICS) to run mobile playgroups for 134 children in communities throughout the Katherine region.
The funding for KICS will assist in running 10 playgroup sessions per location per year in the following communities: Robinson River; Kiana Station; Daly Waters; Corella Creek; Brunette Downs Station; Barkly Cluster; Newcastle Waters Station; Manyallaluk; Bulman; Mountain Valley Station; Beswick; Supplejack Station; Pigeon Hole Community; Kalkarindji / Daguragu; Riveren Station; Werenbun Community; Mataranka; Menggen; Gorrie Station; Amanbidji; Bulla Camp; Timber Creek; Numbulwar; Ngukurr; Urapunga; Limmen Bight / Nathan River; Minyerri; Jilkminngan; Victoria River Downs Station; Yarralin; Lingara; and Top Springs.
“KICS will work with the local school’s transition teacher/s to create a smooth pathway into early childhood education and provide referrals to other service providers and support services.
“Both projects will provide parental support and information services to all parents to help them as their child grows and develops,” Minister Scullion said.
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2015-09-17 Good Beginnings Katherine childrens service IAS release.pdf