Andrea calleja nov 2011 (pp tminimizer)

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Wednesday 22nd November 2011
Melton and Moorabool Shires’ Story

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Andrea calleja nov 2011 (pp tminimizer)

  1. 1. Melton and Moorabool Shires’ Story Wednesday 22nd November 2011
  2. 2. Background• Commenced work in 2009 within Early Childhood Services (ECS)• Start Right Eat Right and Smiles 4 Miles since 2006• A need to include active play within ECS• Acknowledged benefits of a state-wide award program• Opportunity to establish a relationship with ECS
  3. 3. Service engagement• Initial phone calls/ letters sent to invite services to become a K- GFYL member• Informal meetings held with ECS directors individually• Highlight benefits of recognising work already being undertaken within the service• Ongoing support and communication provided• Links to health professionals, VicRoads, Cancer Council Victoria, DHSV etc• 53 services, 19 awarded (2 previously awarded), 6 non-members
  4. 4. DjHS approach• Award criteria was being met by child care services within the ECS due to accreditation requirements• Healthy Eating policies required updating to reflect practice and Active Play policies needed to be developed• Access to resources and responding to service need e.g. links to external agencies• Database of services and status updated monthly• Ongoing follow up• Ongoing communication with CCV
  5. 5. Key learnings• CCV support; policy reviews, menu reviews and resources made this work happen, particularly cluster policies• Forums for ECS to network rather than one to one approach, also build skills• Needs to build on what is already happening• Key worker required to build rapport• Networking with other health agencies• Incentive for participation• Be flexible
  6. 6. Recommendations• Changing policy for ECS such as ABC, ECMS is beyond our capacity• The model utilised through K-GFYL works effectively• Potential for a ‘hard sell’ for those services recently awarded• Communication from the Department or CCV gives services amotivation to partner• Build on existing resources and key messages
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