We have a number of services please click on the service listed below, or scroll through this page to find out more.
Early Intervention and Disability Support
Where to Contact: (02) 9622 8500
The Early Intervention and Disability Support Team is part of the Childrenfirst organisation and is an approved provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The organisation is also a member of the peak body for early childhood intervention in Australia, ECIA and has attained formal third party verification through Best Practice Certification Pty Ltd.
- Are you wondering whether your child’s development is on track for their age?
- Can you talk with your child and understand their reply?
- Do they find some everyday tasks difficult?
- Are mealtimes a struggle for them?
- Can they manage family gatherings and other social occasions?
How the team can help you and your child
This team has the skills and experience to provide your child with much of the assistance they need, which includes:
- Speech and Language pathologists, who help with developing your child’s communication skills
- Occupational Therapists who develop the skills your child needs to do activities in every day life
- Behavioural Specialists who observe, assess and support your child in managing behaviours that are of concern
- Dietitian who can provide expert advice in your child’s nutritional needs.
All of these professional skill areas overlap and one or more of the team may be involved in working with you and your preschool, child care centre or school to assist in maximizing your child’s potential.
How to Contact Us
Parents are welcome to call about their concerns or ask relevant questions about the service.
Anyone (preschool, childcare, doctor etc.) can refer a child to the team.
Our only requirement is that the child’s parents are made aware of the issues and have agreed to the referral being made.
02 9622 8500
0481 943 360
(02) 9625 0422
The Playvan is a mobile playgroup that supports the inclusion of all children.
We provide activity ideas and advice to parents to help them help their children participate in playgroup. We allow everyone to join and are experienced at working with children who are at risk of developmental delay, have a disability or display challenging behaviour. We can help parents identify whether children are having difficulties in any area of their development and make suggestions of where to access further help.
We bring a wide variety of play equipment to our Playgroups and it includes props to support children’s dramatic play, craft activities, toys that encourage children to use their hands, larger equipment for gross motor play and resources such as books and musical instruments.
Our major resource, of course, is the professional expertise of the Playvan staff and the support of Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Nutritionist and Behaviour Therapists.
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Find out how familylinks can help you and your child.
(02) 9625 0422
0434 086 887
The familylinks team:
- offers support, guidance, and training to parents
- supports early development in children through play-based activities
- assist parents to recognise developmental concerns in children and increase access to specialist advice, referral and treatment options.
- develops the confidence of parents to gain new skills and seek out employment opportunities.
We provide supported playgroups, drop in sessions for parents, pre-employment workshops, information sessions, parenting programs and children’s activities.
Free Supported Playgroups in Mt Druitt
Families are invited to come along and join our fun, interactive, play-based playgroup for children from birth to 6 years. You and your children will have fun exploring, playing, singing, dancing, reading and much, much more.
Playgroup supports children by developing skills through play. We offer a play-based program using a variety of resources that encourage children to explore, investigate, problem-solve and develop a love of learning. We also create opportunities for children to move and use their large muscles leading to improved health & well-being, improved concentration, and more regulated behaviour.
Playgroup also provides support, advice, referral information and opportunities to socialise with other parents & carers in a friendly, relaxed environment.
We offer regular informal information sessions to parents to learn more about topics such as nutrition, speech and language development, behaviour and health-related issues.
Playgroups run most weeks during school terms and operate from the familylinks Community Hubs in the following schools in Mt Druitt.
Madang Ave Public School – Mimika Ave, Mt Druitt 9:30am – 10:30am
Whalan Public School – Karangi Rd, Whalan 9:00am – 11:00am
Hebersham Public School – Andover Cres, Hebersham 9:15am – 11:00am
Blackett Public School – Boldrewood Rd, Blackett 9:00am – 11:00am
Shalvey Public School – Laver St, Shalvey 9:00am – 11:00am
Administrative staff at the school will direct you to the playgroup.
Free Parenting Course – Circle of Security – Starts Mon 24 July 2017
Familylinks has Circle of Security starting at Madang Ave Public School in Whalan on the 24th July 2017. This is an 8-week parenting course based on attachment theory, focusing on the relationship between children and their parents. The aim is to build strong connections and increase emotional security. Bookings are essential, RSVP 21 July 2017 by emailing [email protected]
Ngallu Wal is an Integrated Child and Family Centre providing childcare services and support services to families.
We have a team of workers based in Doonside in Western Sydney and we deliver services to our communities from Riverstone through Doonside and out to Prospect and beyond. You’ll find details on this website about our playgroups, our childcare service, our family support services, and the Health workers that we work with to support our community.