Media Release: Helping First Nations children get ready for school

21 February 2024


Minister for Early Childhood Education

Member for Youth


The Albanese Government is setting First Nations children in Nowra up for success, with targeted wrap-around support helping to bridge the gap to school readiness.

Boori Milumba in Nowra, is participating in an intensive early childhood education and care trial, giving children the best possible start in life.

High quality early childhood education and care is critical in supporting a child’s development and future outcomes, with children experiencing disadvantage or vulnerability set to benefit the most from accessing quality early learning. 

The multi-disciplinary trial offers intensive early education and care, infant mental health and family support, access to services to redress harm and overcome trauma, and support for children’s learning and development.

The model is designed to lift school readiness and broader education and health outcomes for participants while helping to further build the evidence base for best practice early learning programs in Australia.

Co-located at the Cullunghutti Aboriginal Child and Family Centre, Boori Milumba is currently the only First Nations-led site participating in the trial.

The Government is investing $9.5 million to deliver the trial across four sites, with up to 200 children, under the age of three set to benefit.

Boori Milumba has been co-developed in partnership with SNAICC, with a focus on a First Nations service-led design process that is culturally grounded, holistic, and responsive to the needs and aspirations of local First Nations children and families.

Learn how else the Albanese Government is investing to improve the lives of First Nations children through better access to quality early childhood education and care at:

Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Dr Anne Aly 

“All children, no matter where they live, should be able to access the transformational benefits of quality early childhood education.

“This trial is an important part of how the Albanese Government is working in partnership with First Nations people to Close the Gap.

“Children who access early childhood education do better on key measures throughout life, including improved literacy and numeracy skills, better health outcomes and go on to higher paying jobs.” 

Quotes attributable to Chief Executive Officer of SNAICC – National Voice for our Children Catherine Liddle

“SNAICC is very excited to be involved in this initiative that will help our children be ready for big school, setting them up to thrive.

“Boori Milumba draws on First Nations knowledge and wisdom to create a nurturing environment for our children that celebrates their cultural identity.

“We know through evidence and experience that this Aboriginal-led approach, together with the intensive supports on offer, will make a huge difference to the outcomes for children and families.”