Wunan believes a good home, together with real work and a proper education for children are the key ingredients for Aboriginal people and families in our region to re-establish control over their lives and enjoy making real choices.
Wunan is committed to providing innovative, long-term solutions in education, training and employment for Aboriginal people in the East Kimberley by delivering services aimed at supporting people to transition directly into real jobs, return to formal education or get ‘school ready’. Importantly, education forms a key part of a broader strategy to create opportunities and the environment that allows Aboriginal people to build a future free of disadvantage. Wunan’s education portfolio creates innovative opportunities for young Aboriginal people by developing strategies, networks and partnerships that improve education outcomes and enhance successful transitions for young Aboriginal people.
Parent & Community Engagement (PaCE)
Since 2011, Wunan has delivered the PaCE Program in Kununurra through partnerships with local schools. PaCE provides support to Aboriginal parents and carers with children in Kindergarten, Pre-Primary and Year 1. Evidence shows that when parents are actively involved in their child’s education, their child does better at school. PaCE help parents and carers develop relationships with the school and engage more in their child’s learning and development.
PaCE operates from a designated ‘Parent Room’ located on campus at Kununurra District High School. Essentially, the goal is to build and strengthen relationships between parents and teachers and to empower parents to make informed decisions relating to their child’s education. Parents are encouraged and supported to participate in group activities as well as individual sessions.
Sessions held between teaching staff, parents and the Educational Advocate who acted on behalf of the families have resulted in a better understanding of the role of the school and teachers and ultimately, an increase in parent confidence. PaCE Factsheet: School Education
Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY).
Wunan is proud to have been named host provider of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY). HIPPY is an early childhood enrichment program that works with parents and carers of young children in their homes. Parents are supported by home tutors to help their preschool-age children develop their reading, writing and social skills, which helps them start school ready to learn.
Through the program, families gain conﬁdence in their ability to nurture their child’s learning at home, school and beyond. HIPPY also aims to strengthen communities and provides training and employment opportunities for local people.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence, through HIPPY Australia, has been running the program in Australia since 1998.
Kimberley Education Excellence Program
Child & Parent Centres (Kununurra & Halls Creek)
Wunan manages the Child & Parent Centres (CPCs) in Kununurra & Halls Creek in partnership with the WA Department of Education.
Research shows that 90 per cent of a child’s brain develops by the age of three. So clearly the experiences children have during this time impact on their success at school and in later life. Child & Parent Centres support families as they begin to lay the foundations for their children’s development and learning habits.
The Kununurra & Halls Creek CPCs offer a range of activities for children and families, including:
- Playgroups & school holiday programs
- Health programs in partnership with local organisations
- Pick up and drop off services
- Cultural programs and performances
- KindiLink in partnership with local schools
For more information, call Kununurra CPC on 9169 3184 or Halls Creek CPC on 9168 5122 or view our Factsheet – Early Childhood & Parenting
Regional Children’s Services Plan for the Kimberley
Kimberley Regional Children’s Services Plan 201504