A DVD on how to help children overcome trauma, filmed and produced at Wangaratta, is a winner, according to a top Victorian bureaucrat.
Victoria’s independent commissioner for children and young people Bernie Geary was so impressed with the DVD he said he would play it in the foyer of his office building.
Mr Geary was in Wod-onga yesterday to launch the DVD, Young Children — A Caring Approach.
It features parents, carers and educators spending time with children doing everyday activities like gardening and cooking.
“I will put it in the foyer and people will be reminded of the things we take for granted,” Mr Geary said.
“The region should be proud it has been put together.”
Project manager for the DVD Julie Tyler said it was an innovative response to helping early childhood education workers support troubled children.
The project, guided by Women’s Health Goulburn North East, fea- tures Wangaratta families carrying out activities like gardening and playing with blocks.
There are also sayings like “growing healthy food together is fun”.
Health workers and educators attended the launch at The Cube.
They hope businesses and community organisations will play the free DVD in the North East’s offices, schools and waiting rooms.
Belvoir Special School teacher Colleen Richter said her school would play the seven-minute DVD at school concerts, celebrations and in its foyer.