This morning our Korin Korin Child & Family Centre was proud to have Rhonda Livingstone (pictured centre) visit for a tour. The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) Education Leader spent the morning at our facility in Wollert before heading to Heidelberg to see our ACECQA ‘Excellent’ rated Child & Family Centre that focuses on the unique social and academic needs of vulnerable children. Rhonda boasts impressive credentials in the Early Learning field. She provides national leadership, policy advice and recommendations on pedagogy and educational program and practice across Australia. Rhonda’s 20+ years’ experience in the early childhood sector also includes working as a centre director, sessional academic and training coordinator, in government contributing to the development of national policy and legislation, and being part of working groups to develop standards and resources for the National Quality Framework (NQF). Rhonda was impressed with Korin Korin, spending considerable time inspecting each of the rooms, the outdoor area, artwork and engaging with the children, including a stirring rendition of ‘It’s a Grand Old Flag’ for the benefit of Melbourne fanatic Harry (pointing to where his Demons are on the ladder)!Read the story
Yesterday the findings from our qualitative study (EYEP:Q) into a revolutionary program for at-risk children and families were released at a function in Melbourne's Regent Theatre. Minister for Families & Children and Youth Affairs, The Hon. Jenny Mikakos, spoke glowingly of CPS's Child & Family Centre and how the preventative strategies pioneered by CPS align with the Family Violence Royal Commission recommendations. The Early Years Education Program (EYEP) underwent a two-year trial at a purpose built centre in West Heidelberg, and the study by Loraine Fordham from Charles Sturt University details the success of the program. Furthermore, the report advises how universal childhood services can replicate the program (which CPS have begun this year at a new centre in Wollert). Educators in the program employ attachment-based and trauma-informed practices to build relationships with children, and engage the whole family to increase the likelihood of children staying with the program and therefore, improving developmental outcomes. While many of the causes and risk factors that undermine children’s wellbeing and normal development are well understood, little is known about how to mitigate them. This research will help fill a gap in Australia’s early childhood education and care services. Still to come is a quantitative study, which will examine cost benefits of implementing the program, as well as inform standards for replicating the program across universal early childhood services throughout Australia. Conducted over two years, the qualitative study undertook 100 days of observation at the centre, and multiple interviews with staff, families, children and focus groups to track progress and provide a detailed account of their experiences. EYEP-Q_Research_Report CPS Executive Summary [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="1070,1071,1073,1072"]Read the story
Three children, family violence, a marriage breakdown and an abusive and controlling ex-husband…
This is a first hand account of how CPS helped a mum navigate a turbulent time in her life to the point where she is now excited about what the future holds for her family.