Launching – North West First 1000 Days

Launching – North West First 1000 Days

Burnie Works is excited to announce a new partnership with the University of Tasmania (UTAS) to co-design and implement the North West First 1000 Days project. Together we are exploring how community-led approaches to parent education can improve outcomes for children, families, and communities.
The term First 1000 Days encompasses a child’s life starting from conception until they turn 2 years old (24 months). This is an important time for the growth and development of their body and particularly the brain.

The project will deliver a community campaign and resources to support parents. The project will run in Burnie, Smithton, and Devonport. This work is funded by the Tasmanian Government and will run until April 2026.

Parents, caregivers, and professionals from the three North West Coast communities will lead and co-design the project. They will take their experiences and knowledge from raising infants themselves and offer information, advice, and ideas to parents and caregivers across the wider community.

The program will be guided by what parents and carers want to learn and what they believe other parents and the wider community need to know. Ownership of these resources will sit with community.

Additionally, we will aim to better understand how to create place-based parent resources in any Tasmanian and wider Australian community. Local people involved in the project will develop a ‘roadmap’ for other communities to do community-led work with parents and families in the future.

Taking a first 1000 days approach is not new to Burnie. In 2021, The Burnie Child and Family Learning Centre partnered with Burnie Community House, Burnie Library and School of Health Sciences at UTAS to design a Burnie first 1000 days project. This grassroots, community-led program set out to make meaningful messages for families to improve lifelong outcomes for children.

Resources that will be produced in this new project will build on the Burnie community’s first 1000 days work which identified four “quadrants” of focus – connection, nutrition, caring and moving. UTAS is responsible for research and evaluation of the project.

The North West First 1000 Days project team has been visiting communities with the purpose of getting to know parents and carers. The next step is to look at ways in which people would like to participate. This might be storytelling, workshops, and community co-design of materials. The team also invites community members to trial and test campaign materials and be part of evaluations. If you are a parent or caregiver interested in the project, please sign up for updates using the form at www.first1000days.com.au