Not your average information session, the Early Years Family Fun Day held recently at The Family Place was a joyful affair, combining information about early years education with entertainment, games, and activities among the play equipment: in a nutshell, it was child heaven.
Educators from early childhood centres, community services and local primary schools came together with hundreds of community members and families to share information about services, schools, childcare centres and more available throughout Logan. The event was organised by Access Community Services, Community Hubs Logan, WECEN Logan and a number of other organisations throughout the city.
The second Early Years Fun Day of its kind, the day was a resounding success.
Rebecca Bree and Sahba Hamid, of Access Community Services, said it was an important event for Logan families.
“This is a fun event, which is low key and comfortable; familes get to speak to people who are readily available to answer questions they have, and it is welcoming and fun,” said Rebecca.
“It’s a really good first point of contact for families.”
Shaba said it was important to have “soft entry” points for families to feel able to ask questions.
“People come along, it is non-threatening, there are activities for the children and it is comfortable and they feel safe to ask questions and not only that, but build relationships with different services,” she said.
“It’s very important to have a safe open and accessible environment like this event offers to families.”
Program Manager at The Family Place Mindy Russell said the event was a great way for families to connect with education providers and professionals, and enjoy a fun morning with the kids too.
“For a lot of people whose kids are reaching that age where they are ready for Prep, or for Kindy, there are so many options for parents that it can be a bit overwhelming – information overload and people are often unsure what’s right for them,” she said.
“This event provides parents with a one stop shop, in a really relaxed atmosphere with a lot of fun stuff happening too. They can find out what they need to and the kids have a great time.
“It’s also fantastic for service providers, as it is a chance for them to network as well and catch up with what everyone is doing and increase awareness of what they offer.”
Among the services represented were the Benevolent Society, Salvation Army Communities for Children, Pathways To Resilience, Goodstart Early Learning, a number of state schools, and more.
Logan Together Backbone Team Director Matthew Cox said events like this were important in the Logan community.
“The Early Years Family Fun Day is a terrific, useful and fun event, and I’m sure after a hugely successful second year, it will be a staple on the Logan calendar for a long time to come,” he said.
“It’s great that so many families and services attend, and I am sure each person who attended today left feeling more confident when it comes to the choices they will soon be making for their children.”
Entertainment was also provided by local schoolchildren and community groups.