Students, parents to become school-ready

1st June 2012

A local primary school is helping parents prepare their children for school through an engagement program.

Last week Broome Primary School became the first State primary to undertake training and delivery of the Parents and Learning program.

PaL-Kimberley-Staff

PaL is an indigenous owned and managed early childhood parent engagement initiative aimed at helping parents ready their children for lessons and school learning.

Regional coordinator Ali Hiscocks said the program was first developed 11 years ago in Cape York by indigenous women and is currently being delivered in four Kimberley communities – Beagle Bay, Ardyaloon, Bayulu and Yungngora. Broome Primary Aboriginal education officers undertook three-day training last week conducted by Ms Hiscocks and Yungngora PaL Tutor Lurlene Button.

Ms Button said the response from communities was positive.

Principal Dorothy McKee said the program was an easy to sue and effective program to aid parents to help youngsters develop literacy and numeracy skills before their transition to school.

Broome Advertiser

June 2012

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