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Perth's Child And Parent Centres

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During the recent school holidays I had the privilege of participating in activities put on by the Brookman Child and Parent Centre.

To be honest, I had only just heard about Child and Parent Centres and I never knew just how amazing they were!

I saw on facebook that there were school holiday activities organised by the Brookman Child and Parent Centre that were free!

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There were sessions for music, park play, nature play, craft and woodwork - all catering for a range of ages and allowing the whole family to be involved.



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With a kindy aged child, it was an easy decision to decide to book in for an activity.

(The Child and Parent Centres do provide services for free but you do still need to book into workshops and activities as spaces can sometimes be limited.)



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So what is a Child and Parent Centre?

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Child and Parent Centres are run by a partnership between a non-government organisation and the State Government.

There are over 20 in Western Australia and their purpose is to provide support, services and programs needed by the local community, and particularly families in the community.

What type of services and support might you find at a Child and Parent Centre?

All support and services provided by the Child and Parent Centres are FREE and include the following:

• 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.



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Not all of these services will be found at every Child and Parent Centre so it is a good idea to contact your local centre to find out what specific support and services they provide.

You can locate your nearest centre here.

Who are Child and Parent Centres for?

As the name suggests, they are for children and parents. However, more specifically they are aimed at parents with children aged 0-4 years.

The reason for this is the rate of development in children within this age bracket is enormous. The more support a family can receive in this time, the better.

While this age bracket is a priority, the centres do still provide services for families with children up to 8 years old.



What is stopping you from checking them out?

If you are new to Western Australia and are looking to connect and make friends, if you are in need of a playgroup for your young child.

Maybe you would appreciate a chat with a Child Health Nurse about your baby or have concerns about your toddler’s speech.



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Perhaps you are a mumma who knows she is going to need to plan a thousand activities on the school holidays to keep her sanity, and if this is the case I encourage you to seek out your local Child and Parent Centre.

You won’t be disappointed.

Essential Information
Child and Parent Centres
Over 20 of them in Western Australia
Located at local government primary schools
Support and Services are FREE.
Website: http://childandparentcentres.wa.edu.au/

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