IACC and our Community
Australian Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative
Be You is a mental health initiative which aims to transform Australia’s approach to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health in early learning services and schools, from early years to 18. They have developed a ‘Mental Health Continuum’ to support educators recognise when child is displaying behaviour that is a cause for concern. Be You Early Childhood works with early childhood education and care services to support the mental health and wellbeing of young children, their families and early childhood educators using a promotion, prevention and early intervention framework.
For more information please visit https://beyou.edu.au/
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.
For more information: www.noahs.org.au
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