An innovative Koroit parenting program was recognised with a Regional Achievement and Community Award on Friday.
The Koroit and District Primary School’s Nurture Nest helps parents prepare their children for kindergarten and school and received the leadership and innovation award.
The program builds parents’ understanding and confidence in their child’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.
The program was developed under the leadership of former principal Michelle Bickley-Miller and former welfare officer Rochelle Hine, while teachers Nicole Farrelly and Dubrelle Campbell were responsible for its planning and implementation.
Ms Bickley-Miller said she was delighted the program was recognised and she paid tribute to the school’s enthusiastic staff who delivered the sessions, sourced experts and resources and engaged parents.
She said year 12 attainment program Beyond the Bell supported the Nurture Nest and continued to seek funding to offer it to Moyne Shire schools.
“This commitment is such a great result from the initial vision and the efforts of the staff at Koroit and District Primary School,” Ms Bickley-Miller said.
“Programs have now been offered at Port Fairy, Mortlake and Hawkesdale and I look forward to these strengthening in the future.”
Mrs Farrelly said it was very exciting to receive the award and she had seen an improved literacy and school readiness in the children.
She said while it was great to win the award, the reward was seeing the children gain the skills to confidently start school.
“It’s an amazing program,” Mrs Farrelly said.
The awards, which celebrated regional Victoria’s high achievers and community contributors, were presented at Melbourne’s Docklands.