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New school readiness program for disadvantaged parents in the Hills District

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Parents in disadvantaged and isolated communities in the Hills District will be able to access valuable support and advice thanks to a new Parenting for School Readiness program.

The Hills Community Aid initiative is funded by a grant of almost $9,000 from Slater and Gordon’s Community Fund and aims to increase parents’ involvement in their children’s transition to school.

Hills Community Aid CEO Ben Jackson said the project will involve a certified practitioner, who will equip parents with practical strategies and resources.

“Parents are their children’s first and life-long teachers, so it’s incredibly important they’re actively involved in their transition to school,” Mr Jackson said.

“Every parent wants the best for their child, but financial and social disadvantage can be a significant barrier for families in Greater Western Sydney, especially those living in socially isolated circumstances.

“The Parenting for School Readiness project will bridge this gap by enhancing our existing integrated playgroups program and providing disadvantaged parents with the care and support they need.

“The program will use a strengths based approach to help parents nurture their child’s development ahead of the transition to school while building healthy relationships with their children at the same time.”

Slater and Gordon NSW General Manager Rachael James said programs like these are crucial to the future of communities in Greater Western Sydney.

“The transition to school is such a critical period in every child’s life and a bit of support now can go a long way towards helping them realise their full potential,” Ms James said.

“Slater and Gordon is proud to support initiatives like the Parenting for School Readiness program, which help strengthen local communities for generations to come.”