Building Babies Brains

Building Babies Brains is a program that originated from a local Jabirr Jabirr traditional owner. She wanted her grandchildren and all the children in the Kimberley to develop better oral language through story telling at home. The program has been developing and evolving since 2014, from local and industry feedback. The program teaches families to enrich their child’s growth at home using evidence based research and interactive activities, all while valuing family culture and home language. The Building Brain Brains Program stretches over 3 modules.

MODULE 1: Early Brain Development
This module looks at the development of brain wiring and the importance of health habits for mother and baby

MODULE 2: Early Attachment
This module explores secure connections with family members, emotional responses and regulation and building a childs executive function skills in readiness for school

MODULE 3: Oral Language Development
This module covers the importance of language in a childs development and in preparing for school.


Program Presenter 

Hi All my name is Jackie McKenzie I am a local Jabbir Jabbir women from my dad’s side. I have worked at Waardi as a receptionist for the past 3 years. A little about myself, I moved to Broome from Beagle Bay where is grew up and spend most of my childhood. Coming from a small community I have seen what was available and what wasn’t , I believe that Building Babies Brains (Bfor3) has the information  that will enable parents and family members of little ones  to gain the knowledge and understanding  to be able to  provide love, guidance and support to our children. This is why I became interested in the program and hope to one day deliver this program to all my country men and families.

I am very excited for the future of Building Babies Brains and hope to see some familiar faces taking part in the program.

Program Developer

‘Hi My name is Kirsten Baker, I have been living in Broome for over 5yrs now after moving from Brisbane QLD. My family and I came here for 2 years but fell in love with the Kimberley and its way of life. I am Registered Nurse and have worked in many different areas of nursing across adults and paediatrics since graduating.  I have worked at the Broome Hospital, Notre Dame and KAMS as an Educator for Aboriginal Health Workers.

 I am really excited to be working for Waardi and hope I am able to share my knowledge and skills to assist in getting the Bfor3 program up and running across the Kimberley. ‘


Program Co-ordinator
I am thrilled to be working in the position of Program Co-ordinator for 2020 at Waardi. 12 years working at the Education Department, 5 years as a Deputy Principal and prior to this position I was working as a teacher in Broome and at One Arm Point.  My husband and our 3 children have moved back to Broome to be closer to family and we look forward to being part of this vibrant community and enjoying the fantastic Broome lifestyle.

I am looking forward to an exciting new year with some great new innovative ideas on the horizon for the Waardi Education Unit. Tanya Albert


We can provide presentations to groups all across the Kimberley, contact us on 08 9192 2713 to find out more.