To address these persistent barriers, we developed the Integrated Diversity Early Education Access (IDEA) Pathway, a FREE mobile 6-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 continue running 6 week programs!
The team have targeted four cultural and language specific communities for playgroups this year, despite interruptions from COVID-19. These communities were:
– Iraqi Arabic-speaking communities in Liverpool and surrounding areas
– Urdu-speaking communities in Fairfield and surrounding areas
– Bosnian-speaking communities in Liverpool and surrounding areas
– Karen speaking communities in Fairfield and surrounding areas
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.
Vietnamese community in the Fairfield and surrounding areas – confirmed dates TBA
The team will also be outreaching to the:
The team welcomes any contact from community leaders and /or referrals for parents and children to participate.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our playgroups were suspended from March – September 2020. In order to still reach out to and connect with our playgroup families and communities, our IDEA Pathway team put together these song and story videos in a variety of community languages. Please see links below or visit our Facebook page.
Arabic – “The Ugly Duckling”
Mandarin – “Three Little Pigs”
For more stories and songs in community languages, Follow this link to our Bicultural Support Facebook Page: Bicultural Support Facebook Page
In 2019 the Start Strong IDEA Pathways team supported 10 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.