COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Stanthorpe's early intervention facilitators Joanne McKinnon and Adela Caruso.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Stanthorpe's early intervention facilitators Joanne McKinnon and Adela Caruso. Liana Walker

Giving kids in the bush a chance

BUSHKIDS might have a new location but the aim of the organisation remains the same.

Stanthorpe has been identified as a community with limited services available for families and children which is why it's a target for the children's health scheme.

Bushkids CEO Carlton Meyn said the Stanthorpe community had many geographically isolated families, many with additional barriers to service access.

He said universal services were needed to boost the whole community and reduce stigma.

The program works through early intervention and prevention services that are aimed at improving children's development and well-being and supporting the capacity of those in a parenting role by delivering the following services; parenting skills and support, school readiness programs, home visiting and supported playgroups.

Mr Meyn said the Bushkids programs aimed at a community level to have fewer children identified as vulnerable in the Australian Early Development Census data - with the aim of bringing children living in service areas up to state/national average.

He said this would be achieved by professional development for early educators - targeting family day care also - in areas of social-emotional development, play, parenting, early communication development, and others as indicated through community engagement and needs analysis, and seminars for parents - parenting, play, school readiness, social-emotional development and others as indicated according to need, including soft entry involvement in community.

All families are welcome to access the program.

Bushkids

Location: Shop 1/ 17 Railway St, Stanthorpe.

Contact: 0428 504 392

Open: Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm.

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