THE air was filled with excitement and delight at the Berrimba Childcare Centre for the Aboriginal Children’s Day ceremony, where the Echuca-Moama Early Years Directory was also launched.
The ceremony featured a traditional Aboriginal dance performed by the kids, surrounded by their artwork, which was displayed throughout the centre.
The booklet was made to give parents and families all the contact details and descriptions of the services available in Echuca-Moama.
“The booklet combines all this information into the one concise package and the collaboration was so beneficial for getting it all put together,” Campaspe Shire children’s services co-ordinator Bernadette Paterson.
“We are very proud of it and the work done through the Aboriginal Health Partnership Group to have all this information there for the parents and families to assist them during those crucial early years of a child’s life.”
Berrimba has been running for 30 years and director Leona Cooper said the launch of the booklet on such an important day for the centre was a fantastic showcase of the work done on the directory.
“This booklet is really significant for families and communities in the region so there was as much information as possible put into it. Everyone pitched in to get it done and it was a team effort from the fantastic people we have here.”
The directory was made in partnership between the Campaspe Primary Care Partnership, Njernda Aboriginal Corporation, Shire of Campaspe and Echuca Regional Health.