Families in the Strathbogie Shire will receive better support for young children, following a funding boost from the Victorian Government.
The funding will be used by Council to deliver supported playgroups and in-house support for families in need of help, with Hristina Serovska appointed as supported playgroups facilitator.
Mrs Serovska said Smalltalk Playgroups will help parents support their child’s learning and development during their early years (0-4) to provide a smooth transition to kindergarten.
‘‘The program is all about empowering parents to use every day opportunities in their home to support their child’s development,’’ she said.
‘‘Studies have shown that a significant portion of a child’s learning and development happens in the first four years of life and I will be helping families in need of extra support to make the most of their child’s early years.’’
Playgroups are expected to commence in June.
More information about the program, including eligibility, in available from Strathbogie Shire Council office, phone 1800065993.