IT’S all about Play a program where young children can enjoy rhymes, songs and play in a learning environment has won federal government funding to operate in Two Rocks.
On Friday, September 22 Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the federal government had made funding from the building better regions fund available for the program.
It’s all about Play is an evidence informed early childhood development program created by the City of Wanneroo in response to findings from the Australian Early Development Census.
Mr Porter said It’s all about Play was an essential community program providing children and parents access to high quality learning experiences and peer support in their parenting journey.
“The weekly It’s all about Play program at Clarkson Library is currently servicing the northern corridor and while a lot of families are travelling from suburbs such as Yanchep, Two Rocks and Alkimos, there are many that are not,’’ he said.
“Expanding the program in our northern coastal area will provide thousands of families with a unique play opportunity and resource that they would otherwise not get to experience while increasing community connectivity.
Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash said the building better regions fund community investment stream was investing $6.9 million in community projects throughout regional Australia.
“I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to,’’ she said.
“These projects help to do that.”
City of Wanneroo acting director community and place Shane Spinks said the $19,000 grant given to the program would enable the sessions to be rolled out in more locations across the city, including at the Two Rocks-Yanchep Library and Alkimos Pop-Up Library.
“It’s all about Play is for children aged four and under, and up to 80 children a week attend each of the current sessions to enjoy rhymes, songs and play through an enriching learning environment – this grant means more children will be able to participate in this important, fun and developmental activity.’’