The Aboriginal Families as Teachers program aims to strengthen the ability of Aboriginal families to build a rich home learning environment. This supports active participation in early childhood education.
Through working directly with families and collaborating with early childhood education services, the Aboriginal Families as First Teachers program has been developed to encourage early learning and participation in a quality early childhood education program in the years before school.
The program has five core objectives
support Aboriginal families to provide developmentally rich home learning environments for young children birth to five years
promote literacy and numeracy rich home learning environments
build families’ confidence in their ability to support the healthy development and learning of their children
support Aboriginal children and their families for successful transitions to school
promote the importance of early childhood education within families and communities, including participation in a quality early childhood education program for 600 hours in the year before school (at a minimum).
What we offer in our program
Weekly Home Visits
Educational based learning pack provided
School Readiness for children attending school the following year
Access to appropriate referral pathways
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Birth to 6 years of age
Living in the Blacktown LGA
For any services wanting to refer, see below our Aboriginal as First Teachers Referral Form.
Aboriginal Families as First Teachers Pop Up Playgroup
Aboriginal Families as First Teachers also run a Aboriginal Cultural Pop up Playgroup specialising in cultural activities promoting literacy and numeracy skills for Aboriginal Children aged 0-6.
See below for more info on when our playgroup are running.
Speech Therapy Program
Aboriginal Families as First Teachers and Connected Beginnings also run a speech therapy program. Our speech therapy clinic is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children up to age 6 living in the Blacktown LGA.
See below for more info on our Speech Therapy program.