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Join the Mount Alexander Middle Years Forum

Smiling girl running around on carousel at Victory Park.

Come along to a forum for children aged 8 to 12 years, their parents and carers.

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Mount Alexander Shire Council would like to hear from children aged 8 to 12 years, their families and service providers, at the first Middle Years Forum in the shire.

Following on from the development of the Mount Alexander Early Years Plan 2018-2021, Council is now working in partnership with the community to develop a new Middle Years Plan for the shire. The outcomes of the Middle Years Forum will start to inform the development of the Plan.

“Children aged between 8 and 12 years face an enormous amount of change physically, emotionally and mentally yet there is very little focus on these years,” said Gaynor Atkin, Manager Community Partnerships, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Through our Middle Years survey we’ve already heard from more than 200 children and 100 parents or carers to help us to better understand the needs of children in this age group, and provide us with the information we need to guide the development and coordination of middle years’ services, programs and activities in the shire,” said Ms Atkin.

“This forum will provide us with the opportunity to further explore the emerging themes identified from the surveys and begin to form the structure of the plan.”

“This is the first of three forums, with two more being held early next year. The forums will continue our conversations with the community and help us create an inspirational Middle Years Plan,” said Ms Atkin.

The development of the Middle Years Plan is part of Council’s commitment to facilitate an accessible range of services for all including children, young people and families.

What: Mount Alexander Middle Years Forum
When: 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday 4 December
Where: Civic Centre, Lyttleton and Lloyd Streets, Castlemaine.

Attendance is free but registrations are essential. Register your attendance by 5.00pm on Monday 2 December at http://tix.yt/middleyearsforum.

Supper will be provided. Children are welcome to attend. Activities and supervision will be provided.

For more information or for help with registration, please contact the Youth Development team on 5471 1700 or email youth@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Image: Children aged 8 to 12, their parents and carers are invited to a Middle Years Forum in December.

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