Mini Tots Soccer and Story and Rhyme Time are now available online for children, parents and carers to enjoy from the comfort of their home, at a time that suits them. Each week a new video is released on Relationships Australia YouTube channel containing a follow along at home program.

Story and Rhyme Time introduces children to reading through listening, and also highlights to parents the importance of reading to children at home. Whilst Mini Tots Soccer creates a fun environment for children to improve their social and motor skills through the benefits of physical activity.

In addition to the story and soccer sessions, the online videos also include a child development segment. These segments can assist parents to identify their child’s developmental progress and provide ideas for in home activities, or where to seek help if required.

Research has shown that improving the areas of health and wellbeing for children in their first 2000 days creates a positive foundation for future development and learning.Programs such as Mini Tots Soccer and Story Rhyme Time aim to prepare children aged three to five with school readiness skills. Skills developed include following instructions, developing concentration, improved hand-eye coordination and early literacy.

Since 2014 Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN) has been funding and supporting the Thrive@5 in Doonside initiative which takes a collaborative approach with communities, families, primary health care providers and both government and non-government agencies, to ensure we support and improve early childhood development in the Western Sydney community.

For more information visit our Thrive@5 webpage.