The City works with local community groups to provide a range of activities and services to reflect the diversity of children’s needs, interests and abilities, and supports parental involvement in play, learning and care.
The City has employed a dedicated officer within its Community Development team to work with organisations and community groups to develop projects that address the needs of children and families within the City of Armadale. Contact the Community Development Officer - Children and Families on 9394 5642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City works with internal and external stakeholders to celebrate WA Children’s Week annually. The purpose of Children’s Week is to raise the profile of children in the community and to champion the United Nations Rights of the Child.
Nationally the focus for Children’s Week is to foster education as the corner stone on which positive outcomes are achievable as education opens opportunities for children. In Western Australia the 2017 theme was Celebrate Play Discover which allowed us to look at how children learn, especially in the early years, it is through play that young children build on developmental fundamentals. Play is also a great vehicle to foster strong relationships between caregivers and children.
The Armadale Early Years Network works to create a 'community where all children thrive' and their involvement in the different activities that are planned allows for a well-rounded approach to encouraging families to focus on what is available for their children during Children’s Week and beyond that with linking families to support services and activities in the Armadale area.
Stay tuned for 2018 Childrens Week
School Holiday Programs
There are loads of children's activities available during school holidays around the Armadale area, either for free or at a low cost.
There are so many events happening each day. Stay tuned here to see the Armadale Early Years Network calendar of events for each school holidays.
Little Green Steps in the City of Armadale
The City has entered a two year partnership with Little Green Steps WA (LGSWA) to equip early childhood services to contribute to a sustainable future. LGSWA supports educators, teachers, playgroup leaders and others working in early childhood settings in Armadale to:
- Help them build their understanding of sustainability.
- Explore how young children can save water and energy, reduce waste, care for their local environment and learn from Aboriginal and other cultures.
- Embed sustainable practices into their work.
- Connect with the City of Armadale’s environmental and children’s services.
These services are free of charge as they are funded by the City of Armadale. To help you find other organisations that can support your service to embed sustainable practices in your day to day routines, Little Green Steps WA has created the Armadale Early Childhood Sustainability Directory. Download your free copy here.
For more information about how LGSWA can work with your early years service contact Anne Pettit on 0418 602 281 or go to www.littlegreenstepswa.org.au
The City is brimming with parks, playgrounds, a leisure centre and an aquatic centre.
Babies and Toddlers
Baby Rhyme Time
- Seville Grove Library from 10.30 to 11am on the first Wednesday of every month
- Kelmscott Library from 10.30 to 11am on the second Wednesday of every month
- Armadale Library from 10.30 to 11am on remaining Wednesdays of the month
- Kelmscott Library from 10.30 to 11am on Mondays
- Armadale Library from 10.30 to 11am on Tuesdays
- Seville Grove Library from 10.30 to 11am on Thursdays
For more details or programs at the libraries, follow the link to Libraries or 9394 5125.
Armadale Arena Programs
For more information on programs and the creche, follow the link to Armadale Arena or call 9394 5840.
Gym sessions for youths aged 13 - 17 years, supervised by qualified gym staff at the Armadale Arena.
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Times: 4 - 5.30pm
Cost: $38 initial consultation then $7 per session
Child Health Nurses employed in child health centres located within Armadale offer advice and assistance in the areas of early childhood health and development.
Playgroups are a great way for both young children and parents to interact with others. Contact Playgroup WA on 1800 171 882 or visit www.playgroupwa.com.au to find registered playgroups within Armadale and surrounding areas.
Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)
The Australian Early Development Census is a community measure of young children's development, based on the scores from a teacher completed checklist consisting of over 100 questions. The AEDC checklist measures five areas of child development:
- Physical health and wellbeing
- Social competence
- Emotional maturity
- Language and cognitive skills
- Communication skills and general knowledge.
Teachers of children in their first year of formal schooling complete the checklist on each child after they have had a chance to observe their development.
The AEDC provides communities from around Australia with the opportunity to better understand how they can allocate resources and concentrate their efforts towards improving outcomes for children. For more information and results of the AEDC, including results for the Armadale area, visit www.aedc.gov.au.
Children and Families Strategy
In April 2010 Council endorsed a Children and Families Strategy to guide the City’s efforts in supporting children and families over the period 2010 - 2013. While there are some specific projects outlined, many strategies require a community-based approach in which the City’s role will vary depending on the capacity of external agencies to respond. In essence, the Strategy sets out a mechanism where by:
- Issues are clearly identified
- Community wide responses are developed
- The City's role in those responses is clearly defined
Consistent with the City's approach as the service provider of last resort, officers will always look to capacity in the community for responses before considering taking on direct service delivery. There are many benefits in this Maximum Outcome with Minimum Intervention approach including:
- Building capacity in local organisations
- Creating an environment of collaboration between stakeholders
- Engendering ownership of issues and solutions
- Far greater pool of expertise to consider issues and responses
- Significant advocacy power to other levels of government.
Most significantly, this approach works towards creating a stronger, more resilient community.
Useful links and Contacts
- Armadale Community Family Centre on 9497 4794
- Breastfeeding Association
- Department for Child Protection on 9497 6500
- Department for Communities on 9498 2620
- Department of Education and Training
- Family Assistance Office
- Kidsafe WA
- Therapy Focus
- Playgroup WA
- Armadale Family Support Network