Work in Early Childhood Development pays off

Burnie City Council has welcomed the latest results for Burnie from the Australian Early Development Census.

Mayor Anita Dow said the results for Burnie were outstanding.

“A key Performance Indicator in MB2030, our community has already achieved the target that was set five years ago.”

“We have seen improvement in all areas of early childhood development across our community, which means that our children are not only better prepared for school, but will perform better through their school years and beyond.”

“Research shows that investing time, effort and resources in children’s early years, when their brains are developing rapidly, benefits children and the whole community.”

“As the graph below shows, we have not only seen significant improvement across the five key domains of childhood development, but have also seen a decrease in the number of children who are developmentally at risk or vulnerable. Over the space of six years, the percentage of children who are developmentally vulnerable has more than halved from 14.9% to 6.7%.”

“Our community is also tracking much better than the rest of the state and nationally. In 2009 the percentage of children who are developmentally vulnerable was 3% above the national average; in 2015 Burnie was 4.5% below the national average”.

Mayor Dow said the results showed what could be achieved when the community works together to address a social issue.

Services such as Hippy and Communities for Children, and State Government programs such as The Child and Family Centre and Launching into Learning, have all contributed to these significant results”.

 “Council looks forward to continuing to work with our community through initiatives such as Burnie Works to continue building on these results, and ensuring every child in Burnie is equipped for their life ahead”.

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For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net