For over 30 years, Plumtree in Marrickville has provided essential support to inner west kids with developmental delay or disability, and their families.

Like so many other organisations, the wonderful staff at Plumtree were forced to pivot during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the vulnerable kids and families in their community continued to be supported and engaged.

Staff hosted a number of online events and playgroups throughout the pandemic, including a morning tea and disco via zoom, Music Together with Amanda, and artplay online.

These events were tailored to meet each child's needs and enabled all kids to continue playing and learning in a safe, engaging and accessible way.

I acknowledge the wonderful and expert staff at Plumtree, led by Sylvana Mahmic, who strive to make sure kids and families don't feel isolated, but rather connected, supported and informed.

Thank you to all the wonderful early childhood educators, staff and disability support workers at Plumtree Children's Services for helping little inner westies stay engaged and connected during the pandemic and beyond.