Tara to have a say on new $2.5 million early years service
THE Tara community will have the opportunity to shape the town's proposed new integrated early years service.
Education Minister Kate Jones today called on Tara residents to have their say on what services they want and how and when they should be delivered.
"Up to $2.5 million was allocated in last month's State Budget for a new early years service and so we are embarking on an extended period of community consultation to ensure Tara gets an early years service right for their community," Ms Jones said.
"Before construction of the new facility starts next year it is important that as many local residents as possible have input.
"The State Government is committed to listening to communities and to ensuring we are providing the right services in the right locations."
Ms Jones said independent consultancy firm, Integrating Community Services Australia, had been engaged to undertake stakeholder engagement from August 2015 to January 2016.
"This will involve interviews with residents and service providers, parent forums, focus groups and resident surveys," she said.
"A community approach will result in families being able to access the services they need when they need them.
"Research has shown that the early years, particularly birth to eight years old, are an especially critical time in young children's growth and development.
"We've identified that a significant number of families with young children in the local area would benefit from extra support."
Ms Jones said the Tara centre was part of the State Government's commitment to provide children and families throughout Queensland with quality integrated early education, child and material health and other support services.