Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a)
The Early Learning programs follow the Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a), which is a set of practical evidence-based teaching and learning strategies for early childhood educators and parents to use with children from birth to age five.
The Abecedarian Approach Australia or 3a is a set of evidence-based strategies that have been proven to maximise children’s learning outcomes by enriching and enhancing educator practice, and form part of the worldwide evidence on the efficacy of high quality early childhood programs.
The Abecedarian Approach was developed and tested over 30 years of randomized trials and has demonstrated effectiveness in promoting positive and long-lasting changes in children’s life outcomes (Sparling, 2011).
The 3a elements specifically promote intentional and meaningful adult-child interactions and can be adapted to a variety of Early Childhood Education Care (ECEC) settings, including centre-based programs, family day care programs, parent groups, and home visits with a focus on children’s language development, and social and emotional wellbeing.
Growing Strong Brains
Ngala’s Growing Strong Brains© Toolkit has been designed as a portable yarning tool about pregnancy, early brain development, and growing up strong, healthy kids.
It supports better outcomes for the families. Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data shows that Aboriginal children in Western Australia are twice as likely to be developmentally vulnerable than non-Indigenous children. Research by Telethon Kids Institute (TKI) indicates nine out of ten reported cases of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in WA in the last 30 years were Aboriginal children.
The Growing Strong Brains toolkit recognises the strength, resilience and capacity of Aboriginal families. The workshop shares the science behind the toolkit. Participants gain the skills and knowledge to use the toolkit and identify how, where and when it works best for their organisation, community and clients.
Growing Strong Brains Participants Quotes (service providers from the local community):
“Great collaboration and networking, lots of creativity around working together opportunities for learning”.
“Engagement you give the community is amazing, your information is culturally sensitive and appropriate”.