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Join us at the early years forum

Children reading together on bean bags.

Our next Early Years Forum will be held in August.

Wednesday 17 July 2019

Families with young children and early years service providers are invited to attend an early years forum next month and hear from some inspirational guest speakers.

The Mount Alexander Early Years Forum provides the opportunity to share ideas, develop skills, network and collaborate to support children in the shire reach their full potential.

The third forum for this year will be held during World Breastfeeding Week with a focus on local breastfeeding initiatives and the health and wellbeing of the child.

Guest speakers include representatives from the Castlemaine and District Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) and highly regarded Early Childhood Consultant Louise Dorrat.

The local arm of the ABA will speak on the services they provide in the shire and the Breastfeeding Welcome Here program they plan to promote to businesses in August.

Louise Dorrat will draw on her work experience in the early years sector and teaching creative arts and theatre. She will deliver an engaging and entertaining session on child and parent wellbeing and building resilience through play.

The Early Years Forum is open to families with children under 8 years, early years educators, service providers and organisations.

Local parent and ABA member Deanne Greenwood said she is excited to be attending.

“It is a great opportunity to hear about what other organisations are working on in the early years space and make fruitful connections to further support people with young families,” said Deanne.

What: Mount Alexander Early Years Forum
When: 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Thursday 1 August (light supper provided)
Where: Ray Bradfield Room, Forest Street, Castlemaine (opposite IGA Castlemaine carpark)

Attendance is free but registrations are essential. Register your attendance by 5.00pm on Monday 29 July at http://bit.ly/MtAlexBoxOffice or call Council on 5471 1700.

For more information contact Merran Fleming, Early Years Project Officer, on 5471 1700 or visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

During the development of the Mount Alexander Early Years Plan 2018 - 2021, the community identified the need to have regular forums as a way to connect, communicate and celebrate all things early years in the shire.

Image: Children are welcome to attend the upcoming early years forum. Here's Olive reading to Dom, Wendy and Graeme at the previous forum in May.

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