Royal Far West and Project Sprouts will be delivering free child health checks for children aged 3-5 through the Healthy Kids Bus Stop program, which is coming to Parkes, Peak Hill and Trundle from Monday, 24th May to Friday, 28th May.
Assessments include a hearing screening, dental check, fine and gross motor skill development screening, speech and language development check, all at the one location in either a morning or afternoon appointment.
Identifying children’s developmental issues before they start school is critical to their life trajectory and this program was developed to help identify children who will benefit from early intervention prior to starting school. Children requiring further assessment will be referred to appropriate local services.
Of the 105 children from Parkes Shire screened in October last year, 69 required referrals in one or more areas.
Children must be registered to attend the Healthy Kids Bus Stop and must be accompanied by an adult on the day. Registrations can be done at http://www.royalfarwest.org.au/programs/healthy-kids-bus-stop/, or by ringing Royal Far West on 8966 8557.
To find out more about Project Sprouts, please ring Parkes Coordinator Fiona Francis on 0436 457 512.