Best Start is a prevention and early intervention program that aims to improve the health, development, learning and wellbeing of all Victorian children from birth through to transition to school
Best Start places a strong emphasis on prevention and early intervention and has a particular focus on all Aboriginal children and children experiencing vulnerability. It is based on formal partnerships of local agencies and service providers that plan, deliver and monitor evidence-based strategies to improve outcomes for children.
This localised, targeted way of finding solutions to problems faced by families has been shown to be extremely effective. Efforts are focused on boosting children's participation in the programs such as Kindergarten and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services. The program also puts in place prevention strategies, such as providing referral pathways when targeted supports are required.
Wyndham Best Start
Wyndham Best Start is a collaboration between local organisations that are committed to building a robust early years’ service system, to improve the outcomes for children experiencing vulnerability and their families in the City of Wyndham.
Wyndham Best Start Partners consists of local community service organisations and State government representatives.
For more information about the Wyndham Best Start program, or if you would like to be involved, please contact the Best Start Project Officer on 87340221, email Wyndham.BestStart@wyndham.vic.gov.au or visit the Best Start Program website – Department of Education & Training
Best Start Primary Outcomes
Children engage and participate in early childhood education (kindergarten and supported playgroups) and enter school as confident and involved learners
Children and families actively engage with MCH services, attending key ages and stages visits to optimise health, wellbeing, safety, learning and development
For more information about the Wyndham Best Start program, or if you would like to be involved in the Improvement Teams or Partnership Group, please contact the Best Start Officer on 8734 0221 (Monday to Thursday), email Wyndham.BestStart@wyndham.vic.gov.au.
Access to information
Wyndham Child and Family Directory (WCFD)
The WCFD was developed as part of the Pathways Project, with the aim to connect families with information about services to support their child’s (0-12 years old) learning, health & wellbeing.
Joining the Dots E-update
The aim of the Joining the dots e-update is to link services with each other through monthly updates promoting activities, programs, training and relevant information for the early years, family support services and schools sectors, with an emphasis on supporting vulnerable families & their children.
The Joining the Dots e-update is uploaded onto the Wyndham Child & Family Directory at the start of every month.
For more information about the Wyndham Best Start program, or if you would like to be involved in the working groups or Partnership Group, please contact the Best Start Officer on 8734 0221 (Monday to Thursday), email Wyndham.BestStart@wyndham.vic.gov.au.