An initiative to better support families that are navigating the first 2000 days of their child’s life was announced at Dubbo West Preschool today by the NSW Government.
Brighter Beginnings aims to ensure children in NSW have the best start in life. Crucial to achieving this goal is simplifying and improving the way families access information and services, through a number of parenting life navigator tools and a whole of government web page.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders joined Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell at the event, which outlined the government’s one-stop shop of resources available for parents when they are expecting a baby and throughout their child’s early life.
This includes keeping track of health and development milestones, accessing financial support, finding early childhood education and care, starting primary school, returning to work and emotional and legal support for parents.
Mr Saunders said it is important to assist parents during the first 2000 days, as this time has such an impact on every decade of a child’s life.
“My mother was involved in early childhood programs, so this is a topic that means a lot to me,” he said.
“In my maiden speech to parliament I referenced the first 2000 days of life as something that I wanted to see a focus on, so I am glad that this Brighter Beginnings program will do that.
“So much good work can be done in the first five years of a child’s life, but it can also go the other way so it’s important that we provide the resources necessary to allow kids to get the best start in life.”