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A program to help parents better prepare their children for kindergarten and school begins in Mortlake on Tuesday. Nurture Nest is a four-week program to help parents of babies and preschoolers learn about their children’s physical health and well-being, communication skills, social and emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills. The four week program started in Hawkesdale and Port Fairy and was developed and refined at Koroit and District Elementary School. The expansion in Mortlake is supported by South West Local Learning and Employment Network and Beyond the Bell with funding from the State Trustees Australia Foundation. Partners also include Corangamite Regional Library Corporation, Mortlake Kindergarten, Mortlake P12 College, Mortlake Shire Council, and St Colman’s School. Nurture Nest includes four weekly sessions where parents learn more about their children with the ultimate goal of supporting their children’s learning and better preparing them to be ready for school. Mortlake College P-12 prep teacher Sue Amos said Nurture Nest would be a fantastic addition for local parents. The program will be tested over four weeks in Mortlake and will cover social and emotional maturity, speech and communication development, nutrition and healthy eating. The first session will take place on Tuesday July 19 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Mortlake Library. “It can benefit and add value to all parents and give parents different perspectives and ideas on their children’s development and make sure they have good habits and are ready for kindergarten and preschool. school, ”Ms. Amos said. “We don’t tell parents how to become parents; we just add valuable programs and ideas from professionals. Mortlake kindergarten teacher Jane Gough said the Nurture Nest could provide parents with new information and strategies. “We are very excited about the concept and believe it will help parents at home prepare children for kindergarten and school,” Ms. Gough said. “This doesn’t mean kids have problems, but it will help parents become more aware of early childhood development expectations and recognize any potential problems,” she added. Helen Bayne, South West LLEN’s Senior Partner Broker, said Nurture Nest was developed to address concerns about the number of children apparently unprepared to start school. “In this region and indeed across the country, kindergarten and preparation teachers tell us that an increasing number of students have low levels of oral language, low fine and gross motor skills and lack self-confidence and self-confidence. social dependency, ”Ms. Bayne said. “Our concern is that if students start behind, they stay behind. Topics are selected based on issues identified by schools and moderated by invited experts including teachers, occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists and speech therapists. Families who participate in the program also receive children’s books, games and physical activity materials that they can use with their children. For more information, contact Sue Amos at 55 992204 or Jane Gough at 55 992383.



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