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B4 Strategic Plan ‘on a page’

B4 Strategic Plan on a Page

We’re proud to present to you the new version of our B4 Strategic Plan ‘on a page’. This document aims to broaden understanding around the overarching vision of our coalition’s work, the goals we have set for ourselves, and the actions we will take to ensure every child in Lutruwita/Tasmania thrives across the first 1000 days of their life and beyond. This version of our Strategic Plan document is designed with accessibility in mind, an easy way to find key information at a glance and we hope it will become a user friendly tool for our members and friends when presenting, sharing resources, training, having conversations and displaying information about B4.

In the spirit of collaboration, we are open to feedback, questions, ideas and suggestions around this one page tool to ensure that it works for our members, their communities, and for you.

The full version of our updated Strategic Planning document will be made available in the coming weeks.

Find the B4 Strategic Plan On A Page 2024 2029 here!

Tresillian Tasmanian Parenting Support Line


Launch of Tresillian Tasmanian Parenting Support Line

Guy Barnett, Minister for Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is supporting more mums and bubs with the statewide Tasmanian Parenting Support Line to be operational from today (July 1), as part of our important partnership with Tresillian Family Care Centres.

Tresillian Vision — Every child has the best possible start in life.

Tresillian Mission — Tresillian is an early parenting service offering families guidance in the early years of their child’s life; supporting parents with breastfeeding, nutrition and settling baby, as well as screening and supporting parents with their own mental health.

Tasmanian parents can now free call 1300 TAS BUB (1300 827 282) between 7.00am and 11.00pm, seven days a week – where they can receive telephone support and guidance from a specialist Tresillian child and family health nurse.

To read the full press release, follow this link.

Health Direct: Tresillian

Tresillian’s website can be found here.

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program: Families feeling the pressure and the impact on dad’s mental health

Media Release: Families feeling the pressure. Men’s Health Week highlights the impact on dad’s mental health

Triple P: Positive Parenting Program

Positive parenting is simply an approach to parenting that gives parents and carers tools and strategies to raise their child in an environment that is safe, loving and predictable. Triple P’s positive parenting program allows each person doing the program to decide what is important to them. So, it’s not telling you how to raise children but giving you the confidence and skills to build good relationships, set boundaries and rules calmly and in ways that kids understand, and follow up with consequences that are not harmful.

Dr Alan Ralph, Head of Training and Clinical Psychologist with The Triple P – Positive Parenting ProgramDr Alan Ralph, Head of Training and Clinical Psychologist with The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, said, “the mental health and wellbeing of fathers is worsening amidst rising financial pressures and work-life balance struggles…” to learn more, read the official media release linked here or head to

Did you know: Triple P is ranked by the United Nations as the world’s most extensively researched parenting program in the world and is backed by four decades of ongoing research? Triple P has helped millions of children and their families; is used in more than 30 countries and has been translated into 23 languages other than English.  More than 105,000 practitioners have been trained in its delivery.


Making Marks – the development of children’s drawing.

Come on a journey of discovery to learn more about children’s art, and a little of what the research tells us about children’s artistic development.

Download the development of children’s drawing – a series of easy to access sheets suitable for printing poster size for use in your service, with parents, carers or families to support and understand the importance and value of children’s mark making.

Visit our Making Marks page to access resources from the entire Making Marks series plus a thoughtful and informative document about the development of children’s drawing. “Look carefully at children’s work and learn to identify how these stages are emerging. Remember though each child grows as an artist in a unique way. The age ranges mentioned were originally identified by the researchers Rhoda Kellogg and Viktor Lowenfeld” and see why every mark made is meaningful.


L-R Example of an Aggregate, Circular line spread out and Sun
Images illustrating Rhoda Kellogg’s ‘Design Stage’ findings.

These materials were prepared by Di Nailon B4 Leader; in 2019 and are updated from those she created for Northern Children’s Network 2017 ArTastic exhibition, Launceston. They are based on the work of:
• Kellogg, R. (1969). Analyzing children’s art. Palo Alto, CA: National Press Books.
• Lowenfeld, V. (1954). Your child and his art: A guide for parents. New York, NY: Macmillan.

B4 Community Storytellers – Penny Terry’s podcast: ‘Second Nature Stories’

“Get Podcasting.” –

Could you name three communication habits you have? Chances are we all have heaps more than three, yet most of us aren’t even aware of them. So, how many are helping us versus how many are hindering our efforts to influence the experiences and environments of children in the early years?

In this episode of our Second Nature Stories podcast host, Penny Terry, chats with habit expert and transformation coach Kate Krieg who runs us through the 101 of habit creation – because as it turns out? Our habits are responsible for more than we realise. The challenge with this episode will be to stay focussed on your communication habits, and not every other little habit in your life! Enjoy.

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