Families & Community
We strongly believe in creating a family built on strong relationships and connections. We are a Christian centre and honour the diversity of cultures, values and beliefs in other people. This is reflected in our environment and everyday learning.
We believe children are valued members of the community and should have ample opportunities to follow their learning and interests with the support of community.
Our centre encourages family and community members to become involved in children’s learning by:
- Sharing special skills and interests they may share.
- Providing input and feedback into our program.
- Supporting social events.
- Being involved in our garden.
- We have put together an event calendar within our service, where on a monthly basis we will have visits from local businesses, drawing on their knowledge and expertise, parents and family are welcome to attend these events.
- We believe in using local produce and local businesses where it is possible, so we can contribute back into our community.
Legal and Ethical Resources
- Starting Blocks
As a new parent we understand that you’re faced with many decisions and sometimes an overwhelming amount of information and opinions about your child’s early years. Our aim is to provide you and your family with trusted information on early childhood education and care, all in one place – welcome to Starting Blocks.
- Department of Human Services
The Department of Human Services is responsible for the development of Australian Government service delivery policy and offers a range of social, health and other payments and services. Support is available through Medicare, Centrelink, the Child Support program, CRS Australia and Australian Hearing. You can go directly to the Medicare program or the Centrelink program.
- Department of Social Services
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is responsible for helping to support Australian families and children. The Families and Children section of this website provides detailed information on the various forms of assistance available including programs, services, benefits and payments.
- My Child.gov.au
Mychild is Australia’s online childcare portal containing information for families, carers and providers. The website provides information about children’s early learning, care and wellbeing. It includes information on different types of child care, how to access help with the cost of child care, a searchable database of local child care services, other relevant links and support.
Parenting and Child Development
- Raising Children Network
The Raising Children Network website provides tips and tools for everyday parenting from pregnancy to teens.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia’s leading expert body promoting the development and maintenance of public and individual health standards. NHMRC brings together within a single national organisation the functions of research funding and development of advice. One of its strengths is that it draws upon the resources of all components of the health system, including governments, medical practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals, researchers, teaching and research institutions, public and private program managers, service administrators, community health organisations, social health researchers and consumers.
Health and Safety
Kidsafe is the leading non-government, not-for-profit charitable organisation, dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injuries and reducing the resulting deaths and disabilities associated with injuries in children under the age of 15 years.
- Kids Matter
A two-minute video clip on starting school narrated by Tracy Spicer provides an overview of what it means for young children starting school. There are a number of short clips providing practical ideas and strategies for parents/ carers on the website.
- School A-Z Website
This website provides some insights about school routines, such as type of homework children may be required to do, how technology might be used in primary school information about children’s overall wellbeing.
- NSW Public Schools Websites
Information about starting school and when to enrol