We support families to help children to grow, learn and thrive, enabling them to participate more fully in their community with increased confidence. We appreciate and celebrate the diversity, uniqueness and strengths of all children, parents and families. We believe that families are truly important and irreplaceable – not just to parents, carers, children and your family, but to the whole community; because stronger families means stronger communities! That’s why we’re here for you.
We provide children, young people, parents, carers, grandparents a range of activities in schools, early childhood services and the community, that come under three main areas: Wellbeing, Social Skills and Learning.
Wellbeing is seen as a combination of physical, emotional, social and mental wellness. By being aware and taking care of our wellbeing, we can better understand our own strengths, abilities and needs, plus it helps us better understand others as well, which improves our self-confidence, relationships and ability to learn. Our activities include: Power Hour, Breakfast Club, Rhythm2Recovery (drumming for all ages), Lions Quest, Harnessing Wisdom, Feeling Fantastic and more.
Social Skills help prepare and assist children in all stages of their growth and learning from early childhood to transition into school and high school and beyond! Having well developed social skills leads to improved learning, as well as good overall mental health and increased confidence. We provide: Kids Play, Playing And Learning to Socialise (PALS), RAGE, playgroup and Youth Drop-In Centre; as well as a range of free workshops, school holiday programs and community events such as family fun days, family movie nights and silent disco’s.
Learning and support we work with mums, dads, carers and grandparents to help their children to grow and learn. We can provide individualised information and support to be the best they can be for their children and family. We also provide opportunities for parent’s self-care and wellbeing.
Our programs and learning circles include: Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY), Harnessing Wisdom, Tuning Into Kids, Tuning Into Teens, Circle of Security, Parents As Teachers, Children Under the Stars Learning Circles, Diffuse (anger management), Keeping Children Safe, Transition to School and more.
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HIPPY is a free home-based early learning play-based program that empowers parents, carers, grandparents’ carers and children alike. HIPPY is provided for 3-year old’s for the two years before starting big school. Children gain skills and confidence through a range of fun learning activities which sets them up for success and a positive start to big school.
The HIPPY program encourages a love of learning through play and uses a number of strategies that make the most of ‘everywhere’ learning without having a focus on traditional education practices. It builds self-esteem and confidence in parents and carers to be involved and enjoy their child’s development and ongoing education. It gives a great head-start for the children in their journey of learning.Essential eligibility:
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*The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services. The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia.
Drop-In at Coonabarabran provides a range of activities for school-aged children and young people after school. They enjoy fun activities and learn new skills, plus increase well being and sense of belonging to their community.
Playgroup is free for parents, carers, grandparents and young children to meet and participate in fun, learning and social activities together. Playgroup helps build friendships and find out what’s available in the community.
Kids Play is a free drop-in play session for littlies under school age. It’s held fortnightly from 10am-11am in Machattie Park George Street Bathurst during school term. Children and parents/carers enjoy fun games, activities, music, story time, parachute play and more.
Our Harnessing Wisdom program focuses on self-care and wellbeing that’s based on the ‘oxygen mask’ analogy to highlight the importance of understanding and caring for yourself so you can better care for others and build stronger, more positive relationships. It enhances understanding and acceptance of our own strengths, hopes, relationships, values, stories and goals.
This course is for parents and carers who may struggle with strong emotions. It offers participants an explanation of anger, how it might affect their life and relationships and how they can manage it and live a calmer life. The course runs over six weeks and covers:
This course is designed to support and help parents teach their children or teens to control, understand and express their own emotions in healthy and positive ways. Tuning Into Kids/Teens helps parents recognise, understand and respond to their child’s emotions, which in turn helps them manage their emotions.
At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. Trained facilitators work with parents and care-givers to:
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