Ensuring children in Durack are ready to start school

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Western Australia will be supported to improve their health and helped to make a positive transition to school.

The Morrison Government is providing $2.8 million to help ensure children in the Derby community of Western Australia are prepared for school.

The Connected Beginnings program will connect health care, early childhood education and family support services to provide tailored support to families.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Morrison Government was providing $45 million over the next three years for Connected Beginnings projects across Australia.

“Every child, no matter where they live, deserves access to a world-class education,” Mr Tehan said. “One of the key goals of the Connected Beginnings program is to ensure children are ready to start learning from their first day of school.

“Durack is the latest community in Australia to benefit from the Morrison Government’s support of improved outcomes with Connected Beginnings operating in Mt Druitt, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Galiwin’ku, Doomadgee, Port Augusta, Mildura and Ceduna.

Member for Durack Melissa Price said supporting the health and development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Durack was a priority.

“Happy, healthy children who are ready to start school are better able to take advantage of their opportunities to learn and grow at school,” Ms Price said. “The Morrison Government’s funding will help set children on the path to academic success and a lifetime of better opportunities.”

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