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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
Early learning programs
Early literacy/numeracy 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.
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.
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 toddlers speech.
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 wont 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.