Waratah-Wynyard Council first in the state to join B4 Early Years Coalition

31 May 2018

Waratah-Wynyard Council has become the first Council in Tasmania to become a member of the B4 Early Years Coalition.

The Coalition is a State Government initiative supported through the Department of Education to work together with families and the community to improve outcomes for children in the early years.

The name B4 represents the early years of a child’s life, pregnancy to age four, the years ‘before’ a child begins full-time school and the period before birth.

These early years are a time of rapid change and development for children, as they learn and grow and discover the world around them.

Council joins a number of schools, early childhood centres and other organisations as members of the Coalition after voting in favour of the move at the Council meeting on 21 May.

The coalition comprises of Leaders, Members and Supporters all of which impact and influence the outcomes either through their sector, organisation or as an individual.

Leaders are influential individuals from diverse backgrounds who after a public expression of interest have been appointed by the Minister for Education and Training in 2017.

Leaders will represent and engage groups and individuals across identified sectors.

Council’s Director of Corporate and Community Services Tracey Bradley is the leader for Local Government.

“The B4 Early Years Coalition is based on the ‘collective impact’ model where organisations and individuals from across diverse sectors work together to address social issues,” Mrs Bradley said.

“The B4 Early Years Coalition will bring together individuals, businesses, communities and government to think about what is wanted for our youngest community members and drive community action to achieve better outcomes for young children and their families.”

Mrs Bradley said a Member Action Plan would be developed as part of the Council’s membership.

“This will highlight activities which are already occurring and also provide an early years lens through which to evaluate Council programs.”

Waratah Wynyard Council
21 Saunders Street : PO Box 168, Wynyard TAS 7325
Phone (03) 6443 8333 : Fax (03) 6443 8383 : Email: council@warwyn.tas.gov.au
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