Child and Parent Centres are located at schools to give families easy access to advice, programs and services, and give schools the opportunity to work with families from the time children are born through to starting school and beyond. The centres will assist children to be ready to start school, and to become happy, confident learners.
Each centre is operated in partnership with a non-government organisation. The centre coordinator makes sure services and programs needed by the community are available locally for families. Services and support may include:
- maternal and child health services
- speech therapy support
- paediatric services and paediatric referrals
- family psychological services
- counselling services
- antenatal classes
- early learning programs
- early literacy/numeracy programs
- cultural programs
- child support activities
- playgroups, including Best Start Aboriginal playgroups run by the Department of Local Government and Communities
- school holiday programs
- other child support programs, for example, Rhyme Time, Aboriginal Story Time
- parenting and family support
- parent literacy support
- parent workshops and groups, for example the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), protective behaviour workshops, new parent and baby groups, young parent workshops (for under 25 year olds) and managing behaviour workshops)
- transition schooling activities
- multicultural programs and services
- referrals to other services.
Contact your local Child and Parent Centre to find out what services are available in your community.