The Hive is a Collective Impact initiative comprising of organisations and individuals who are working together in Mt Druitt to ensure all children in 2770 start school well. The Hive is a backbone team (container for change) who coordinate the work across the Mt Druitt area with our partners to work towards this goal within communities and through system level advocacy.
Evidence and research widely state that the first 5 years of a child’s life is the most important time in terms of brain development, with many outcomes in adulthood linking to opportunities or experiences in these early years, both positive and negative. Children in the Mt Druitt area face a range of complexities in their early years, and AEDC data demonstrates than at least 1 in 3 children from Mt Druitt start school considered developmentally vulnerable on one or more domain. We at The Hive know the great strengths that Mt Druitt families have, and strongly believe that children shouldn’t start behind due to the postcode they are born in.
The Hive is guided by evidence informed key intervention pathways for children aged 0-5 years alongside community voices to promote innovative and community focused solutions. One particular piece of research The Hive aligns with is the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)’s 19 result areas for children pre-birth to 5 years of age.
The Hive’s current initiatives currently align with the following result areas:
- Health Screening
- Home Learning Environment
- Social Support and Connections
- Participation in Preschool
- Quality of Preschool
- Speech Pathology
- Support for Children with Additional Needs
One organisation cannot take on this task alone and The Hive collaborates on all we do with a range of partner organisations and residents with the common goal to achieve positive outcomes for children in our community. We believe that if we bring various parts of the system together, listen deeply to community concerns and work together on community and evidence informed solutions we can sustainably improve outcomes for disadvantaged children in this community.
We know that a child lives within a family, a community and broader complex systems, and so all of these domains must be equipped and strengthened in order for a child to thrive. The Hive therefore works across all these contexts with some specific 0–5-year children’s programs and advocacy, but also community development work where we support communities to reach their aspirations of being safe, connected and given opportunities to thrive, which results in a stronger environment for a child to grow. All of our work ties in together with our community development and early years work building upon each other with the principles of being place-based, relationship focused and trust at the core of each project.
The Hive also lead advocacy pieces in both our community development and early years work where we share our learnings about barriers families face in the hope of making systems more accessible and meeting the needs of residents and families.
The Hive is supported by United Way Australia as the overarching organisation behind The Hive and are supported through networking, measurement and evaluation, advocacy and administrative support.