Our early start on helping kids in Adelaide

By: yourtown 09 Apr 2019 Kids Helpline, Parentline, Family & Community Services, Young People Services, yourtown Organisation News

Education is key, so let’s get started!

We're thrilled to launch our new Early Childhood Development Program, supporting vulnerable preschool-aged children to make a successful transition to school and get a great start in life.

We have developed this free, specialised early intervention program to provide support for young parents in the Northern Adelaide area.

"yourtown has been working with young people and parents in the Playford area for the last 13 years and found that many families with small children could do with extra help and support with kids struggling in the early part of their lives," said yourtown Head of Client Services, Brendan Bourke.

“We aim to give preschool-aged children the best start in life by using prevention and early intervention approaches critical to creating healthy families, and creating strong, child-friendly communities."

Right: yourtown CEO Tracy Adams and Board Chair Peter Ffrench were joined by The Hon. Rachel Sanderson MP at the launch event.

How does it work?

The program is voluntary and free to parents and their kids. It's available to Playford families with children aged 3-5 whose primary caregiver is aged up to 25. At least one of the following factors must also be present:

  • Family vulnerabilities have the potential to delay or impair a child’s development
  • A child requires additional support to achieve developmental milestones
  • A child’s transition to primary school is at risk
  • The family is not engaged with existing early childhood services


We aim to help 3-5 year-old children to...

Reach important developmental milestones

Become more engaged and confident learners

Be better prepared to start school

Feel a greater sense of confidence and wellbeing

We aim to help parents to...

Get specialist support for their child

Learn how to help their child thrive at school

Learn new strategies and skills for positive parenting

Support emotional, social & intellectual development

Build strong family relationships & support networks

An exciting start

The program was launched on Friday 5 April in Elizabeth, South Australia.  Special guest speakers at the event included Minister for Child Protection The Honourable Rachel Sanderson MP, and Northern Area Community and Youth Services’ (NACYS) Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Dr Matt Doherty.

Dr Doherty said, “We’ve found a high number of young children in North Adelaide are facing issues prior to commencing their schooling journey and do not receive enough support to ensure that their transition into education is successful and engaging.

“This program will help set children up for the possibility of a life-long love of education creating for them greater success and opportunities. The long-term benefits are infinite!”

The Hon. Rachel Sanderson MP (far left), and Dr Matt Doherty (second from left) and yourtown staff celebrated the launch.

The Elizabeth-based program will be trialled over the next 18 months and will work closely with other child development and related organisations in the region. The program aims to help around 50 families throughout the trial.

If you'd like more information about this program, please call 08 8487 0087 or email our Northern Adelaide team.

yourtown is partnering with NACYS to deliver this Early Childhood Development Program

About yourtown...

We’re a community funded organisation that tackles issues like youth unemployment and mental health, and takes on issues like domestic and family violence. 


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