What happens to children in their early years matters a great deal. Improving children’s development through the critical early period can have transformative social and economic impacts.  

Local Governments can play an essential role in this as they are the closest sphere of government to where children grow, learn, live and play.  As Local Governments across Western Australia complete their Strategic Community Plans, now is the time to get children in the early years firmly placed on the agenda.  Early Years Networks are key community assets able to provide expertise advice and assistance predicated on local community knowledge and therefore well placed to collaborate with Local Governments in this work.

A new resource called Local Government and Early Years Networks: Working in Partnership Resource helping Local Governments and Early Years Networks to work in partnership has just been released and is available here

This resource provides links to tools and information including:
  • how many young children live in your community
  • how to successfully engage in decision making and to ensure Local Government is informed about local issues
  • how to access Australian Early Development Census information about your community, and
  • other resources that will help your community better support children in the early years.