What is the SNAICC Early Years Support initiative?
First Nations families have immense richness, diversity and strengths in raising children. They are experts in their own lives and are best placed to respond to their family and community needs.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled early learning services have huge potential to enhance these strengths and improve the outcomes for First Nations children and families. However, these organisations face many challenges that inhibit their success.
SVA is supporting SNAICC – the National Voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children, to grow a strong network of culturally safe and accessible early years services for First Nations children. SNAICC Early Years Support (EYS) has set up three state-wide intermediaries across NSW, WA and Victoria to increase the reach and strength of the First Nations early years sector.
Australia’s racist history of policies that unfairly target First Nations children and families continue to drive experiences of inter-generational disadvantage, trauma and discrimination. These issues have far-reaching impacts on children.
1in 3Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are living below the poverty line
28%less likely to attend early childhood education and care before pre-school than non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
2.5xmore likely to have developmental vulnerabilities by the age of 5 than non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
How is SNAICC EYS addressing the issue?
Providing targeted supports
Responding to diverse local needs, building capability and supporting the design, delivery and establishment of services.
Building the evidence
Ensuring local challenges are understood and collective solutions are developed and shared with decision-makers to enhance the impact of community controlled services.
Learn more about the State Models
SVA has walked alongside SNAICC throughout development of the EYS unit. We are providing a range of supports to help with project implementation, ranging from co-design, strategy development and advice, to data analysis, evidence briefs, fundraising and coordination support.
Being a part of this amazing project for broader change is an incredible opportunity. Local decision making at the heart of the work aligns with our own cultural, personal, and professional values. We are a strong proud team of Aboriginal professionals that are passionate and driven. Our centres, their staff, communities and little ones inspire and motivate us every day.
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Young Children Thriving
Transforming the early childhood development landscape for children experiencing vulnerability.
Mobilising integrated child and family services to transcend disadvantage
Early Years Catalyst
Redressing the root causes and systemic forces that drive disadvantage in the early years.