Aboriginal Parenting Programs
If you’re an Aboriginal Parent, you know that sometimes school can be an unfamiliar place for both of you. That may be because it is socially, culturally and physically very different to your own home environment.
That’s why we have programs that will support you in helping your children prepare for the big transition to school life.
You are your child’s first teacher and we work with you and your children, sometimes together, sometimes separately, so the family can support and help your children take this important step.
We also know how important community and family is in giving children the best start in life, which is why we provide our services in your community and/or your home.
The success of our programs is dependent on our teams who take the time to build relationships with your family and community in a way that is respectful of culture and acknowledges Aboriginal parenting practice.
If you are an Aboriginal parent, or carer, with young children living in the Great Southern region, you can access programs that are delivered in the following towns:
Albany, Tambellup, Gnowangerup, Katanning
Indigenous Advancement Strategy
This program supports activities which nurture and educate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, youth and young adults to improve pathways to prosperity and wellbeing. This includes providing family and parenting support, early childhood development, youth engagement in education, school transition, and training. The program has a critical focus on increased school attendance and improved educational outcomes which lead to employment. The program complements a range of state, territory and Australian Governments programs which aim to improve the education outcomes and positive development of Indigenous Australians.
Moorditj Boys - More Than Music program
The Moorditj Boys - (click on bolded typing to open up the song). More than Music program is designed to provide Aboriginal youth aged 11 to 16 years with assistance to improve their school readiness, attendance and transitioning into further education or training.
More from the Moorditj Boys. More than Music program is designed to provide Aboriginal youth aged 11 to 16 years with assistance to improve their school readiness, attendance and transitioning into further education or training.
Dyookian Yirra-Yaakin - Sisters Stand Tall program
The aim of the Sisters Stand Tall program is to help build confidence and self-esteem in our young Aboriginal women aged between 11 and 16 years, and to encourage and support participation in Education including the transition from Primary to High School and into further education or training.
Both the More Than Music and Sisters Stand Tall programs offer mentoring support for youth and their families and promotes a greater sense of respect and connection to family, culture and community through the making of music and other healthy activities. Participants are exposed to Aboriginal role models from within their community as well as other respected members and support networks.
Lift Off To Learn (Kindy Readiness Program)
a program for Aboriginal children aged up to 5 years and their families - held in five primary schools
Wanslea runs weekly session for families with children with a special emphasis on preparing families with children who are ready to start kindy. It is a great way to introduce your child to the school environment.
Learning starts from the day we are born. It is now well-known that the early years of life are the most important for learning.
If you can get your child involved in learning activities now, they will be ready for school when the time comes.
In our Lift-off to Learn sessions, you will be part of your child's journey of discovery. Our sessions are held weekly during school terms, usually on school grounds. Activities are flexible and chosen by age to allow your child to learn through play.
Parents, carers and extended family members are welcome to attend with their child or children.
You can find out about groups in your town by calling 9843 0077
Click here for a copy of the Liff-off to Learn brochure.
The team of staff (Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal) are skilled, enthusiastic and dedicated. We have a local person employed in each town that we run programs to ensure that we respect local culture and family groupings.
How to get in touch
You can find out about groups in your town by calling ph: 9843 0077
For most groups you can just turn up on the day, however, to be part of the Home Visiting program, you will need to contact us first and complete a referral form.
Click here for a copy of the Support for Aboriginal Parents brochure.
This service operates with the financial support of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Local Government and Communities.