Shellie Hill uses play time to extend daughter Shalia-Kim’s language skills.
Shellie Hill uses play time to extend daughter Shalia-Kim’s language skills. Contributed

Grant secured for education of Gympie's youngest

AN AUSTRALIAN Early Development Index grant will be a shot in the arm for the education of Gympie's youngest children.

All Aboard Gympie Region, comprised of members from the Learner's Action Group Gympie and Early Childhood Teachers' Association Cooloola Group, has secured the grant because 34.1% of the region's children have been found to be developmentally vulnerable.

The index covers physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language, cognition skills, communication and general knowledge.

Money from the grant will be used to bring speaker Adele Wallis to Gympie on February 26 for her presentation, Laying the tracks for confident communicators.

"We take so much for granted that it can be easy to underestimate the impact it has on so many aspects of development and our daily life," Kim Walters, of All Aboard Gympie Region, said.

"It is about getting on with those around us and achieving our full potential."

The presentation, at the Gympie Civic Centre's Heritage Theatre from 5.30-7.30pm, will cover the basics of language development and look at the role of technology in childhood development.

To RSVP, visit allaboard gympieregion.@ecta.org.au or phone 0418 157 280.

Attendance is free of charge.