Building supports around Tasmanian families

Leonie Hiscutt, Leader for the Government in the Legislative Council

The doors opened recently on the muylatina Child and Family Learning Centre (CFLC) in Mayfield.

Next month the Larapi CFLC will open in Wynyard and before the year is out we will see the opening of our very own Blue Gum CFLC in West Ulverstone.

The Rockliff Liberal Government’s investment in children and families in the early years of their development is helping to build strong community connections while giving families with young children access to a range of important services and supports.

This covers parents and families from pregnancy right through to children aged five who are about to enter the school system.

Our Government is giving the youngest learners the very best start in life by giving them contact with oral language development programs, providing playgroups and parent workshops, as well as being able to refer them to early intervention supports when they are needed.

Through these child and family learning centres, we can deliver community-driven services such as child health and parenting, midwifery services, parenting support, psychology, speech pathology and social work which best meet the needs of local children and their families.

As part of the 2021 election commitment, the Rockliff Liberal Government has been providing free access to speech and language pathologists, social workers and school psychologists in CFLCs since February 2022.

It is important that we provide the support needed to families so that they can help prepare their children for the next stages in their development and education.

It is our priority to lift education outcomes for all Tasmanian children and we can do that by giving them the best possible start in life.

By investing in the infrastructure and facilities, our Government is helping Tasmania’s youngest learners and their families to achieve and succeed.

The centres are not just for parents, but also carers, grandparents and legal guardians looking for support with children aged 0-5 years.

It is all part of the Rockliff Liberal Government’s $28 million commitment to build six new child and family learning centres across the State.

We’re committing to building Tasmania’s future and doing what matters for our local communities, bringing the network of CFLCs to 18 across the State.

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