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A FREE Health & Developmental Screening Program for children aged 3-5 is coming to the Parkes Shire!

The long-awaited Parkes Shire Project Sprouts, a community-led initiative supported by Neighbourhood Central, is celebrating its official launch on Wednesday 21 October at 5pm with a 30-minute meeting at Holy Family School Hall, Albert St, Parkes.

As part of the launch, from Monday 19 to Friday 23 October, Royal Far West’s Clinicians-in-Community program will be holding free health and developmental screenings for children aged 3-5 in the Parkes Shire.

The program includes a dental check, a speech and language assessment, a hearing test and a motor skill assessment for your child to give them the best start at school.

Parkes Shire Locations;

Monday 19th October - Peak Hill Preschool

Tuesday 20th October - Parkes East Public School

Wednesday 21st October - Parkes East Public School

Thursday 22nd October - Tullamore Preschool

Friday 23rd October - Trundle Preschool

The seeds for Project Sprouts were planted in 2018, when Royal Far West held a community meeting in Parkes to discuss the confronting findings from its ‘The Invisible Children’ report about the state of children’s developmental health in rural and remote Australia, through the lens of the Parkes Shire.

Childhood development lays a critical foundation for long-term outcomes, and serious concerns were raised by the community around the growing rates of mental health and developmental vulnerabilities in young children in the Parkes region, coupled by the lack of access to services, teacher training and support.

Parkes Deputy Mayor Barbara Newton says, "Royal Far West's 'The Invisible Children' report shared staggering information about the risks to rural children's development.

"Project Sprouts was established to develop into a referral service linking families and educators to service providers and enabling our children to have the best beginning available."

Registrations are essential. Please visit Royal Far West website for more information.