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Minister Scullion: Boost to Borroloola early education and jobs

18 Sep 2015

Federal Government funding of over $500,000 for a playgroup project in Borroloola is a big win for the community in both early education and employment.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said funding of $554,355 over 2.5 years through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round would go to The Smith Family to run the Borroloola Intensive Support Playgroup.

“This playgroup will fill a gap in services by supporting all children in the 0-5 age group and their parents/carers within the Borroloola Township and Town Camps,” Minister Scullion said.

“The Playgroup, open to all children in Borroloola, will focus on early childhood development, school readiness and families’ connection to children’s health and wellbeing services and education.

“Sessions will be held in the playgrounds of the town camps of MARA, Garawa 1 and Yanyula four days per week, with one playgroup session held one day per week called “Mums and Bubs at the Safe House at Borroloola.

“This playgroup is not just a win for parents and their children but  the funding will also address the shortage of qualified early childhood workers by training local staff in Certificate III in Children’s Services and providing intensive on-the-job training and mentoring.

“Training of staff will be arranged through the Bachelor of Institute of Tertiary Education, Northern Territory (NT). Staff will be supported by a lecturer, based in Katherine NT, who will visit Borroloola on a regular basis for training and to conduct assessments.

“The funding will see the employment of up to four Indigenous people from Borroloola.

“This project helps drive two of the Government’s key priorities of getting children to school and adults into work,” Minister Scullion said.

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