Early childhood is a period of rapid and significant change, a vital period in children’s learning and development. In very profound ways – physiological, emotional, social and spiritual – the experiences lived in early childhood form the foundation for future vision, learning and participation in family and community life. The developing brain is most malleable and most sensitive to experience early in life. Children’s Centres for early childhood development and parenting are a collaborative early childhood initiative that brings together care, education, health, community development activities and services for families with young children.
Our preschool program provides a sessional Department for Education-funded play curriculum. Children who are 4 years of age prior to May 1st are eligible for their preschool year. Children may access 15 hours per week during their eligible years.
Occasional Care Program
Our Occasional Care program caters for children up to 4 years of age. The Occasional Care program is integrated within the preschool program, providing a wide range of experiences designed to promote development through play.
Children’s Centre Integrated Services
The Community Development Coordinator works to increase community capacity to support families to provide the best opportunities for every child.
The Community Development Coordinator also promotes partnerships across a broad range of local services and organisations and establishes interagency programs to meet the needs of the community.
Each term there is a Children’s Centre Community program that is wide-ranging. The program is published in Newsletters, on Facebook and via the Children’s Centre.
Our Occupational Therapist offers workshops and programs on topics pertinent to child and family well-being.
Our Family Practitioner works with individual families, providing counseling and parenting support around child development. The Family Service Coordinators’ can help with responses to life challenges and also facilitate parenting and child development programmes and playgroups.
Our Speech pathologist can support children and families in relation to a child’s communication skills (e.g. talking and understanding) play, feeding, and behaviour. This support can be provided through individual parent consultations, parenting groups, community programs, workshops and training. The types of programs and supports are flexible and families are encouraged to discuss their needs and interests with the community team so that the programs offered to suit the children and families of our community.
Children’s Centre Contacts
|Jo Delmenico – Director, Children’s Centre||Jaraad Ali – Administration|
|Karen Purdie – Occupational Therapy||Christie Button – Community Development|
|Demsey Macrae – Family Practitioner||Marina Ristic – Speech Pathologist|