SNAICC works with Government on playgroups pilot
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SNAICC and Federal Government team up to develop playgroups pilot

by Freya Lucas

February 15, 2024

The Federal Government will work with SNAICC – National Voice for our Children to develop a playgroups pilot that is culturally-informed and incorporates community views to deliver a number of new playgroups for First Nations families.


An additional $31,660 has been committed to the pilot for investment in First Nations toy libraries, building on the Government’s $1.1 million investment in Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) to deliver First Nations playgroups.


Minister for Social Services, Amanda Rishworth highlighted the importance of culturally appropriate and integrated learning through playgroups and toy libraries.


“Toy libraries and playgroups both play such a vital role in support for families and I’m so pleased the playgroup pilot will now also include a specific focus for toy libraries,” Minister Rishworth said.


“This investment will enhance early learning, development and wellbeing of First Nations children and support stronger family, community, and cultural connections – particularly for children from vulnerable or disadvantaged backgrounds.”


Toy libraries operate in a similar way to book libraries, with a focus on early learning and development through play. They provide toy borrowing for families and are usually established within an existing early learning or community centre.


Community views will be incorporated into the design of playgroups services so that they align with the needs of local First Nations families and children.


The co-design of the First Nations Playgroups Pilot program encompasses two of the four reform priorities under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap: establishing formal partnerships and shared decision making with First Nations people; and contributing to the development of a stronger community-controlled sector.


Investment directly in ACCO operated playgroups and toy libraries will boost the availability of culturally appropriate resources for children and parents including resources and toys that value First Nations culture and language.


“We are committed to working with the First Nations community sector to deliver real improvements to life outcomes and positive change for all First Nations people,” Minister Rishworth said.


Information on the First Nations Playgroup Pilot program is available here


Information on the National Agreement on Closing the Gap is available here

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