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Let's start: a program for Territory parents and children



Let's start: a program for Territory parents and children

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Let's Start parent child program


Robinson, Gary; Mares, Sarah; Jones, Yomei; Stock, Carolin; Hallenstein, Birgit; Branchut, Virginie


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This paper describes the 'Let's Start' program for Aboriginal parents and children in the Northern Territory, including its context, rationale, and the evidence of its effectiveness. This program follows on from the 'Ngaripirliga'ajirri - Exploring Together Program' for school aged children in the Tiwi Islands, run from 1999-2004, and the 'Let's Start - Exploring Together for Indigenous Preschools' program for younger children in the Tiwi Islands as well as Darwin, which was run from 2006-2010. Based on this experience, the program has been adapted and redeveloped as the 'Let's Start Parent-Child Program'.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).


Centre for Child Development and Education, Menzies School of Health Research

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Background -- Introduction -- What is Let's Start? -- Early intervention: context and rationale -- Conclusion: the Let's Start approach -- References.




Children, Aboriginal Australian; Services for; Parenting; Study and teaching

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Menzies School of Health Research

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21 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cm.

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9781922104021; 9781922104038

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4 Lets Start Parent Child Program Background and Acknowledgements The Tiwi Health Board implemented the Exploring Together Program on the Tiwi Islands from 1999-2004 as the early intervention component of its response to suicide on the Islands. This was followed by Lets Start: Exploring Together for Indigenous Preschools from 2006-2011. Lets Start was implemented in Darwin/ Palmerston and on the Tiwi Islands until 2009. It is now implemented in all communities on the Tiwi Islands and four communities of the VictoriaDaly Rivers Shire. The Lets Start Project began at Charles Darwin University in 2006 and in 2010 relocated to become part of a research program in the Centre for Child Development and Education (CCDE) at the Menzies School of Health Research. CCDE aims to build sustainable evidencebased programs suitable for the NTs families and children in all community settings. Funding has been provided by the Northern Territory Department of Health (NTDH) and the Department of Education and Training (NTDET); the NT Research and Innovation Fund (NTRIF); the Australian Government Department of Families, and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR); the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH) and the Australian Research Council (ARC). The current programs on the Tiwi Islands and in the Vic-Daly Shire are funded by FaHCSIA and DEEWR, respectively. School and community partners include NT DETs Top End Group Schools & Palmerston This booklet summarises the research evidence and understandings that have come from the Lets Start Project in remote Aboriginal communities and in Darwin since 1999. Lets Start includes a process of community engagement and education, a 10-week parent child group intervention (the Lets Start Program) and a research and evaluation process. The aim of this booklet is to outline the strengths of this project and the benefits it delivers to children, families, schools and communities and to summarise what has been learned through working in partnership with many agencies in different community settings over the last decade.