The Department of Communities partners with the community services sector to provide State-wide universal parenting support and programs to parents and carers of children aged 0-18 years. Parents and carers of children are assisted through the provision of information, support, education, counselling and other services that focus on the challenges of raising children. Families are linked to other relevant community support networks and resources to reduce parenting in isolation.
Centre for Parenting Excellence
The Centre for Parenting Excellence has been established to encourage best practice in parenting services, monitor parent support needs and evaluate the outcomes of the services provided. The centre works with the community services sector to improve the coordination and quality of parenting services across Western Australia.
Funded through the Woodside Development Fund this collective impact project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children aged pre-birth to eight years in the Cities of Cockburn and Kwinana. It also aims to demonstrate a place-based model of partnership and collaboration which improves social outcomes and is transferable to other places.
Early Years Networks across WA play a fundamental role in supporting the development of young children and their families. The Connecting Early Years Networks Program is a two-year pilot project developed by the Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) and funded by Lotterywest and the Woodside Development Fund until June 2017. This program aims to support Early Years Networks to become or remain sustainable and achieve their full potential. The review and update of the Early Years Network Resource Kit was made possible through a partnership between WACOSS and the Department of Local Government and Communities.
A WA Early Years Population Profile for children aged zero to nine years has been developed by Communities as a resource to provide EYNs with evidence-based information about children living in their communities. It provides data for all WA local governments.
Local Governments and Early Years Networks working in Partnership Resource
The Local Governments and Early Years Networks working in Partnership Resource was developed by WACOSS, DLGC, The Western Australian Local Government Association and Local Government Professionals. It provides practical information and tools to support a partnership approach to achieving positive outcomes for children and families in local communities.
Early Years Networks Partnership Resource