Joint Media Release with Northern Territory Minister for Education The Hon. Peter Chandler MLA
A Child and Family Centre (CFC) to support the ongoing development and education of young children and families in Yuendumu has been officially opened today by the Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments.
Commonwealth Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and Northern Territory Minister for Education, Peter Chandler, jointly opened the centre, which can cater for up to 65 children from birth through to six years of age. The Yuendumu CFC was constructed with funding from the Australian Government.
Minister Scullion said 24 community members – mainly local Indigenous people – were currently providing a range of services for children and families out of the Yuendumu CFC.
“The provision of quality early childhood services helps to set kids on a path to a healthy life and success at school and beyond,” Minister Scullion said.
“The Yuendumu CFC offers five integrated services – early learning, health, child care, parenting and family support – and it’s great to see them working together in a way that allows families to access them from the one location.”
The Central Desert Regional Council operates the child care service in the centre and this year will also run a playgroup to be delivered to different camps in the community.
“The opening of this facility is an exciting milestone for the Yuendumu community and a great example of the partnership between the Australian and Northern Territory governments to deliver high quality education facilities,” Minister Chandler said.
“A number of first-rate education programmes will be delivered at the CFC including Families as First Teachers (FaFT).
“The FaFT programme is essential in remote communities for early learning and is a family support programme for Indigenous families with children aged up to three.”
Member for Stuart, Mrs Bess Nungarrayi Price, said the centre also promoted the importance of health with a nurse and Indigenous health worker onsite two days a week to conduct health checks and immunisations.
“I am pleased to know the community of Yuendumu will have access to both quality education and health services through the Child and Family Centre,” Mrs Price said.
“Traditional cultural approaches to parenting and lifestyle to improve diet, education and natal care will also be available in the Strong Women, Strong Babies, Strong Culture programme.”