An excellent new resource from the NPY Women’s Council Walytjapiti program provides practical information to support first time parents with key issues related to parenting, including keeping children safe and how best to support children’s development.
Published in conjunction with Child and Family Wellbeing Services, Caring for Kids: tjitji tjuta atunymankupai is created for families, communities, and service providers and is designed to “improve the strengths, attitudes, skills, knowledge and ability of parents and caregivers to reduce child neglect and build strong positive family relationships”.
Presented in friendly language and complimented with stunning visuals, the material is available in both print and video formats. Different chapters chronologically guide parents through the stages of their child’s development, from pregnancy to school age. Evidence for healthy development is presented in a clear way that is easy for carers to understand. Each chapter includes specific recommendations of steps carers can take to promote growth and safety.
For example, one chapter illustrates the impact of playtime on brain and body development and social interactions. It then goes on to suggest ways in which parents can integrate play into family life by taking their kids to country, practicing sports with them, or taking them to a playgroup at their local community centre.
Other topics that are addressed include safety, sleep, healthy living, good tucker, and protecting children from family violence.
To purchase the Caring for Kids book or DVD, please visit the NPY Women’s Council website. This resource is free for Aboriginal organisations and services working in the NPY region.