IACC and our Community
Australian Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative
IACC services implement the Kids Matter Early Childhood Framework. This is a national mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention initiative specifically developed for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. It has been developed through collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Beyondblue, the Australian Psychological Society and Early Childhood Australia. KidsMatter acknowledges the critical role that ECEC services have in enhancing factors that promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. In participating in the initiative educators have further developed their capacity to foster children’s mental health and wellbeing enabling them to recognise and respond effectively to early signs of children’s mental health difficulties.
The initiative emphasis share community responsibility for children’s wellbeing and aims to promote partnerships with families, early childhood professionals, and a range of community services and agencies to improve children’s mental health.
There is an e-newsletter specifically for parents, carers and families. It's packed full of expert information, tips and strategies to help parents and carers support the mental health and wellbeing of their kids. Read articles from previous e-newsletters or subscribe to receive it straight to your inbox every month.The newsletters cover a variety of topics:
- Helping Children Manage Emotions
- Why Belonging is Important
- How to Strengthen Family Relationships
- How to Help Your Child Make Friends
For more information www.kidsmatter.edu.au/early-childhood
University Of Wollongong (UOW)
Early Start is an initiative developed by the University of Wollongong, aiming to transform lives through education. IACC is a proud collaborator of the Early Start initiative. Early Start has three key elements connected by a variety of sophisticated ICT facilities. This includes the Early Start Building at UOW, the Early Start Discovery Space located within the main building and the Early Start Engagement Centres.
IACC’s Clipper Road Children’s Centre, Cullunghutti Early Learning Centre, Sanctuary Point Children’s Centre and The Basin Preschool are 4 of the 38 Early Start Engagement Centres across NSW. As an Early Start Engagement Centre, our services are provided with an ‘IT bundle’, including an interactive SMART board and table, and IPads. These items enrich the learning experiences of the children (and families), support staff development and connect the service to the ‘world’. Early Start integrates technology to enhance the teaching and learning that already takes place in each of our services.
For more information www.earlystart.uow.edu.au
IACC collaborates with Noah’s Shoalhaven to strengthen our delivery of inclusive programs for children with additional needs. Kids Together is an innovative inclusion model that brings early childhood and early childhood intervention (ECI) professionals together to support children with additional needs and their families in their local community. It embeds early childhood intervention professionals in the places where children spend their time: the home, at early childhood education and care (ECEC) services and the community. It also provides a framework that promotes the rights of all children and assists families to create communities that support them close to home.
Kids Count – Early Childhood Education and Care
Medicare Local Illawarra-Shoalhaven
IACC works together with Medicare Local to implement the Kids Count Program. The focus of the program is building nurturing and supportive relationships between children and adults. Children who experience secure relationships with nurturing adults are better able to regulate their feelings and behaviour and with stand the stresses of daily life. The programs will up skill and support staff to become more emotionally available for children and their families.
Growing Minds Green Communities
Shellharbour City Council
IACC’s Alunga Children’s Centre, Wallaroo Children’s Centre and Warilla Occasional Care Centre participated in Shellharbour City Council’s Growing Minds Greening Communities (GMGC) project. GMGC aims to help early childhood education and care services operate more sustainably and offers a range of fun and social family activities to find out how to live greener and save money. Children at participating services take part in a range of activities designed to build wonder and appreciation for the natural environment.
For more information www.gmgc.com.au