Northern Territory

Training underway for families as first teachers

The Territory Government’s focus on improving learning for young children continues, with 85 educators from across the NT attending a two-day Families as First Teachers (FaFT) conference.

NT Minister for Education Eva Lawler said the conference will feature a variety of experts in the area of early childhood research.

“Investing in children is core to the Territory Government because all children have the right to a great start in life,” Ms Lawler said.

“The FaFT program is so important because parents and families are children’s first and most important teachers – we know that some families need help to support the early learning and development of their children and that’s where FaFT comes in.

“FaFT provides a quality early childhood support program for children aged from birth until they commence preschool, which is particularly important for vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

“Being ready for day one of school is essential for kids’ later success and ability to contribute to society, both socially and economically. It shapes a child’s ability to thrive at school, stay healthy and be socially connected.”

The 85 attendees will participate in a number of seminars and interactive workshops to develop as a connected Territory-wide team.

Ms Lawler said the FaFT program was launched by the Territory Government in 2009 and is succeeding in engaging with families to prepare children for school.

“We are expanding this program and have already opened five new sites in 2017, taking the total number to 32,” she said.

“We have been working extremely hard to expand the FaFT program because we know it supports children’s early learning, assists families to build positive relationships with the school and improve attendance.

“However, there’s still plenty to do and we plan to have 38 FaFT programs operating in remote and urban sites by December 2017.

“We know that birth to five years is a key learning time and FaFT is one program that we are seeing have a positive impact on children in the Northern Territory.”

Source: NT Government