More than 35 per cent of households in Boroondara are comprised of couples with children.
Building on the success of the “Add life to your years” online hub for over 55s, an early years digital hub will be developed to better inform and support families in Boroondara. The early years hub will provide a central access point for families seeking information about activities and services available from Council and other external sources.
Key features of the new early years digital hub will include:
- consolidated information about Council services from birth to primary school aged children, including maternal and child health, immunisation, libraries, supported playgroups, kindergarten enrolment and more
- links and information about not-for-profit family services operating within the local community
- links and opportunities to provide up-to-date content from key external family websites, including parenting and health resources and maternal and child health information
- a searchable database of community activities for children and families within Boroondara
- an easy-to-use listing of childcare, playgroups, kindergartens and primary schools within Boroondara
- a website optimised for use on mobile devices for easy access away from home.
To improve our online services, the early years hub will provide a central database to make it easier for families to access what they need at a time that suits them.
By incorporating information about events from other leading websites and community organisations, the early years hub will inform and educate families to support their children during these important years of their development. The hub will be developed and tested with the community to ensure the resource suits the needs of families in Boroondara.
Why develop an early years digital hub?
Council is often the first point of contact when families are in need of early childhood services: from the birth of a child, to booking into immunisation sessions, to enrolling in kindergarten.
By making the content mobile friendly, families will also have the information at their fingertips whenever they need it. The early years digital hub will provide information predominantly related to children from birth to primary school age.
The total cost of this initiative is $589,000.