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Aboriginal Early Years Program

 

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Pathfinders Aboriginal Early Years (AEY) Program is a service to provide Aboriginal children between the ages of 2 and 6 years with access to quality pre-school and school education. Our goal is to make the transition to school as successful as possible for the child and their family.

The role of our AEY facilitators is to support the child and their family on their educational journey and to ensure that their education experience is a positive one. The facilitator will be available in an ongoing capacity after the child has entered pre-school or school to respond to any concerns or issues.

Our emphasis is to get the children in to a formal structured Early Childhood setting, with emphasis on children attending either Pre-school or Long Day Care. If needed our facilitators can work on a one-on-one basis with the child and their family to make the transition in to the Early Childhood system fun with minimal issues.

There are three Facilitators who are geographically responsible for the following areas

Inverell – Inverell, Ashford and Tingha

Armidale – Armidale, Walcha and Uralla

Western – Gunnedah, Quirindi, Narrabri, Wee Waa and Moree

The Aboriginal Early Years program also offers the following:

  • Finds pre-school and school placements.
  • Assists with filling in the enrollment paperwork.
  • Supports child and family with transition from pre-school to school.
  • Increases number of days per week the child attends pre-school.
  • Improves school readiness for Aboriginal children emotionally, socially and academically.

Assists with referrals and linking to other services as needed. These may include services both within the Pathfinders organisation and other External Agencies.


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12 Apr 2021

Statement from Pathfinders CEO Alan Brennan – 12 April 2021

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08 Apr 2021

Pathfinders PNABC At Trangie Family Fun Day

On the 1st of April, Pathfinders National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program attended the Trangie Local Aboriginal Land Councils Family Fun Day. Thanks to the LALC for organising a fantastic event. With special thanks to the LALC CEO Terrie Milgate who made it possible for Pathfinders to attend. Pathfinders looks forward to attending many more events such... View Article

24 Mar 2021

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Aboriginal Employment Strategy AES

On 15 March 2021, Pathfinders Ltd and Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) signed off on Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The primary intent of the MOU is to state our commitment to work together in the sourcing, assessing, recruiting and mentoring of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander career seekers for direct and GTO (School Based & Full-time)... View Article

22 Jan 2021

Exciting News for Pathfinders

A Message from Alan Brennan, Pathfinders CEO It is with great pleasure I inform you that the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) has renewed Pathfinders’ accreditation to deliver Pathfinders’ Out of Home Care program for 5 years till 2025. The ability to provide safety, support, care and comfort to the most vulnerable children and... View Article

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