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Aboriginal Child and Family Centres
The early years in a child’s life are important and can set them up for a healthy and happy adulthood. Parents, family and community all play a key role in creating a supportive and nurturing environment to encourage early childhood development.
The Commonwealth Government has provided NSW with more than $74 million to set up nine Aboriginal Child and Family Centres across the state.
The centres will bring together a range of early childhood, health and family support services to improve the overall health and wellbeing of children and support for their families.
Services can include supported playgroups as well as parenting programs and adult education opportunities.
A mix of urban and rural locations have been carefully chosen, taking into account the size and needs of the Aboriginal community and the potential to link with other services already in the area.
Three centres will begin operating in 2011, in Campbelltown, Blacktown and Ballina. The remaining six centres, located in Lightning Ridge, Nowra, Toronto, Brewarrina, Gunnedah, and a second centre in Blacktown, will begin operating in 2012.
The centres will work in partnership with local services and programs to make sure they meet local priorities and needs. They will build on existing services and activities to avoid duplication.
For more information on the overall development of the new centres email NSWC&FCentre@community.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9716 2966.