Networks and Partnerships in Wyndham

 

 

Networks and Partnerships

Network Description Organiser Contact details
Wyndham Child
Family Services Network  - WCFSN Forum
The Wyndham Child and Family Services Network was convened in 2012 to address the growing need for a planned and collaborative approach to the development and delivery of programs for children aged between birth and 12 years.

The aim of the Wyndham Child and Family Services Network Working Groups is to develop and trial innovative ways of working through the sharing of specialised information, skills and knowledge about an
area of common interest.

Wyndham
City Council (WCC) - Family Projects & Participation Officer
9742 8113
WCFSN@wyndham.vic.gov.au

WCFSN
Transitions Working Group

The Transitions Working Group specialises in the area of transitions for children. It has many functions which are dependent on the issue/ need that they are addressing; these functions may include but not be limited to:
  • Information sharing
  • Developing and trialing innovative approaches to program delivery
  • Identification of new and emerging needs
  • Resource sharing
  • Local advocacy
  • Evaluation and data collection
WCC - Family Projects & Participation Officer  

9742 8113
WCFSN@wyndham.vic.gov.au

WCFSN
Early Intervention Working Group

The Early Intervention Working Group specialises in the area of Early Intervention for children. It has many functions which are dependent on the issue/ need that they are addressing; these functions may include but not be limited to:
  • Information sharing
  • Developing and trialing innovative approaches to program delivery
  • Identification of new and emerging needs
  • Resource sharing
  • Local advocacy
  • Evaluation and data collection
WCC - Family Projects & Participation Officer  

9742 8113 
WCFSN@wyndham.vic.gov.au

WCFSN
Professional Development Working Group

The Professional Development Working Group specialises in the area of professional development for all Early Childhood Educators in Wyndham. It has many functions which are dependent on the issue/ need that they are addressing; these functions may include but not be limited to:
  • Information sharing
  • Developing and trialing innovative approaches to program delivery
  • Identification of new and emerging needs
  • Resource sharing
  • Local advocacy
  • Evaluation and data collection
WCC - Family Projects & Participation Officer  

9742 8113 
WCFSN@wyndham.vic.gov.au

Wyndham Best Start
Partnership Group

Wyndham Best Start is a collaboration between agencies, which are committed to building a robust early years’ service system to improve the outcomes for the most vulnerable children and families in the City of Wyndham. 

The role of the Partnership Group:

  • Enhance collaboration between agencies;
  • Strengthen the strategic capacity of the Partnership;
  • Assist the Partnership to deliver on the agreed strategic directions;
  • Provide processes for enhancing the connections between Wyndham City Council and the Partnership;
  • Strengthen the links between the Municipal Early Years Plan (MEYP) and the Best Start Partnership;
  • Strengthen the facilitation role of the Best Start Facilitator; and
  • Provide partnership guidance for the Facilitator.

Future Directions - July 2015

The Department of Education and Training (DET) have outlined a new direction for all Best Start Programs to adopt. This includes implementing work around two new indicators.

 New Indicators

  • Increased participation in Kindergarten
  • Increased attendance at Maternal & Child Health

 The objectives of the future directions - in summary

  • A continued focus on local partnerships
  • A focus on increasing the participation of vulnerable children in universal services
  • Improved data collection and outcome measurement
  • The Partnership is required to focus on two, or a maximum of three, indicators. (Additional indicators to be determined). 

Best Start Facilitator

 

9742 0762
Wyndham.BestStart@wyndham.vic.gov.au

Wyndham Best Start
Social Connect Working Group

 

Key objective:

Facilitate the development of flexible, well-connected services and resources to connect isolated families.

Best Start Facilitator

 

9742 0762 Wyndham.BestStart@wyndham.vic.gov.au

 

Wyndham Best Start
Literacy Numeracy Working Group

 

Key objective:

Improve access to literacy and numeracy resources for families before and after school entry

Best Start Facilitator

 

9742 0762 Wyndham.BestStart@wyndham.vic.gov.au

 Wyndham Humanitarian Network (WHN)

The Wyndham Community and Education Centre Inc., auspices the Wyndham Humanitarian Network (WHN), a grouping of over forty Federal, State, Local Government, community service providers and community leaders. This network was established in 2006 to provide an integrated settlement service to newly arrived migrants and refugees to Wyndham.

Working groups include:

  • Education
  • Employment and Training
  • Events
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Legal, Housing and Consumer Issue
  • Youth
 

Wyndham Community & Education Centre

9742 4013
For more information:

www.wyndhamcec.org.au

Community Connections Pilot – engaging families in early years and school programs



The pilot worked towards the long-term outcome of all children arriving at school who are
ready to engage.  The project recognised that being ready to engage at school means that children have the social, emotional and learning skills and attitudes that will enable them to benefit from the school environment. Activities and processes implemented throughout the pilot acknowledged that in order for this to occur, a number of things needed to take place before children get to school:

  • Participation in high quality early childhood services.
  • Strong relationships between early childhood services, schools and families to support a smooth transition to school for children and families.
  • Families supporting their children's learning and development

The work developed in this pilot continues, with Wyndham Park Primary School being the lead in chairing and hosting the Community Connections meetings.  For more information email Wyndham.BestStart@wyndham.vic.gov.au