To address these persistent barriers, we developed the Integrated Diversity Early Education Access (IDEA) Pathway, a FREE mobile 10-week playgroup program delivered in home-language facilitated by our Bicultural Support Workers to prepare children from CALD backgrounds for entry into Early Years Education and increase enrolment of these children in formal Early Educational Services.
The IDEA Pathway supports families from CALD backgrounds with:
Due to the success of the project in 2019, the Start Strong IDEA Pathways Playgroups will be expanded from 6 weeks to 10 weeks in 2020!
The team will be targeting various cultural and language specific communities for playgroups, such as Iraqi Arabic-speaking communities in Liverpool and surrounding areas, Chinese Mandarin-speaking communities in Rhodes and surrounding areas, Urdu-speaking communities in Liverpool and surrounding areas.
The team will also be outreaching African communities in Merrylands/Granville and surrounding areas and welcome any contact from community leaders and/or referrals for parents and children to participate.
If there are any other interested cultural or language-specific groups in areas across Sydney they can also get in touch with either Nadia or Semra from our Start Strong IDEA Pathways team via phone on (02) 9569 1288 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
In 2019 the Start Strong IDEA Pathways team supported 12 language-specific Playgroups & Mentoring Sessions.
The communities who received this valuable support included: Turkish, Rohingyan/Burmese, Bengali, Arabic, Yazidi/Kurmanji, Farsi, Afghani and Nepalese communities.
Over 100 children and their parents were supported in the language-specific playgroups and mentoring sessions and 26 were successfully enrolled into local ECE services.