Key Community Priorities

The Derby EYP community and working group is committed to achieving the following outcomes for all.

Priority #1

Child development (Derby, Mowanjum, Pandanus Park)

To increase the number of children meeting developmental milestones and entering school developmentally ready.

Priority #2

Parent health and wellbeing (Derby, Pandanus Park)

To improve the health and wellbeing of parents to enable positive parenting practices.

Priority #3

Family safety (Derby, Mowanjum)

To reduce the number of children (aged 0-4) who have interactions with family and domestic violence.

Priority #4

Family financial wellbeing (Derby, Mowanjum, Pandanus Park)

Children aged 0-4 years live in households with an adequate standard of living.

Priority #5

Community service aspects (Derby, Mowanjum, Pandanus Park)

To provide a culturally safe and coordinated health and wellbeing system for families and children.

Priority #6

Community physical and social aspects (Derby, Mowanjum, Pandanus Park)

To create the physical and social infrastructure in the community that enables families to care for their children.

Priority #7

Child health (Mowanjum, Pandanus Park)

To improve the health of babies and children and to increase the proportion of children entering school who meet the developmental physical domain (AEDC).

Local Working Group

A new approach to co-designing, implementing, and evaluating the delivery of early childhood and family services.

The Early Years Partnership local working group oversees the development and implementation of a local community plan, aimed at improving children’s well-being and school readiness.

The Community Plan is an active document that outlines the community’s priorities for achieving better outcomes for children and their families. The working group work together to provide specialist advice, local knowledge, and transparent decision-making, to inform the strategic and operational priorities of the EYP in Derby and ensure these are successfully achieved to meet the local need.

Through the EYP, families and communities are supported to identify what they need to help their children grow.

The group captures the voices of families, community members and service providers, including Government and not-for-profit services.

Other relevant stakeholders are invited to participate on an as-needed basis.

Young children, educators, parents and carers sitting around a circle listening to guitarist

Local Partner Organisations

Ngunga Women’s Group

Ngunga Women’s Group has been operating in the Derby region for over 30 years. Ngunga began in the late 80’s with a numeracy and literacy program to the Derby community and later an art activity called Ngunga Designs.

Since then we have grown, acquiring Government-funded programs to deliver and support indigenous and local families.

Derby Aboriginal Health Service

The Derby Aboriginal Health Service (DAHS) commenced operations in December 1998. As an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation, the Health Service is committed to core principles including Aboriginal self-determination, access, equity, empowerment and reconciliation.

Our programs offer Derby community members culturally appropriate health, education, health promotion and clinical services.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet, work and live, and recognise their continuing connection and care to land, water and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.