'Let's Start' nurtures parent-child relationships

The ‘Let’s Start’ Parent-Child program is a therapeutically oriented parenting program that seeks to build the confidence of Indigenous parents and help them develop strong relationships with their children as they begin the transition to school.

Michelle Woody, one of the program’s many local implementation officers (LIOs) explains the benefits for children and parents.

“I have seen lots of good changes in children, they listen more to their parents. They are stronger together, listen and respect each other more.”

In December 2013, LIOs from Pirlangimpi, Wurrumiyanga, Peppimenarti and Belyuen participated in early childhood development training in Darwin, addressing key themes such as the importance of play and play-based activities for their work with parents and young children.

“I really enjoyed coming into town for the training. I felt valued as part of the team and I hope we can come in for more training to talk about families in the community,” explained one participant.

Image: Taniesha and Michelle Woody with the Let's Start program in the Tiwi Islands.