Young children in the remote community of Bidyadanga are set to benefit from a new community plan which aims to prepare kids aged up to four for school. The remote community, which sits 180km south of Broome, hosted Early Childhood Education Minister Sabine Winton and Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna as they announced the new plan to the public. The new Early Years Partnership Community Plan is a partnership between the State Government and the Minderoo Foundation which will be delivered to communities across four sites in the Kimberley including, Derby, Bidyadanga, Mowanjum and Pandanus Park. Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna said the plan would help kids prepare for school life with nearly one in two children in Bidyadanga considered developmentally vulnerable at the time of starting school. “The Early Years Partnership has a tailored approach, which is so important because we know children in Bidyadanga face their own unique set of challenges,” she said. “This crucial support in the early years will give these children the best possible start. We’ve seen positive results in other communities and it’s great that Bidyadanga families will have the opportunity to see the benefits.” “I’d like to acknowledge the Bidyadanga Aboriginal Corporation La Grange Inc. and the local families and services in the Bidyadanga community for all the hard work on this plan — which will help give local children a brighter future.” Minderoo Foundation’s Nicola Forrest AO said she hoped the community-led approach would have a lasting effect on the lives of local children and families. “I am very proud that the Early Years Partnership has been launched in Bidyadanga,” she said. “I am particularly grateful to the leaders in each community who have led the development of plans that recognise their community’s unique needs.” The community plan will be put into place and last over the next 10 years across the four sites.