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Mobile Meet outreach educators’ chance for pro development

Mobile children’s services throughout New South Wales will come together this Wednesday for the annual Mobile Meet conference at Penrith Leagues Club.

Mobile Meet is the only conference dedicated to the mobile children’s services sector, which delivers early learning services to children in isolated parts of the state. This annual meet is hosted by the Mobile Children’s Services Association of New South Wales and is supported by the federal government’s Department of Social Services.

Gathering under the conference theme Community Pathways to Early Learning, delegates will engage with international and Australian commentators, and will share practical strategies on improving mobile children’s services.

Rebecca O’Sullivan, executive officer of MCSA NSW, said without mobile childcare, thousands of children would miss out on preschool.

“Mobile children’s services work with families in isolating circumstances, such as geographic, cultural and economic factors that can impede access to vital early learning services,” O’Sullivan said. “Without mobile children’s services reaching out to communities, many children in NSW would begin school without having experienced any early learning services and some children in rural and remote areas would miss out on the vital benefits of peer socialisation all together.”

Many of these outreach educators travel in trucks, utes and vans, and deliver early learning programs in community facilities like parks, schools and halls. This conference provides a rare opportunity for professionals who are geographically isolated to access professional development and networking.

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