The Teen Family Centre has some amazing resources for the community, including a unique child care centre.
Do you like the idea of a childcare centre that is strictly limited to just 25 children, has low staff turnover, runs amazing family events and activities and provides access to a Parent Support Worker?
Based at the Teen Family Centre at Balga Senior High School, the Teen Family Centre Child Care Centre is a fully accredited centre that has a focus on play-based learning, consistency, communication, developing strong one-to-one relationships between children and their families and family inclusion.
With limited places and operating hours from 8am to 4pm, this smaller service that feels like a home away from home, and they firmly believe that children and families come first at all times.
The same educators who greet you in the morning will be the same ones who say goodbye to you and your child in the afternoon. The limited numbers also provide staff with an opportunity to learn and grow alongside children and their families. Furthermore, the low staff turnover ensures continuity of care.
Each of the centre’s highly qualified, passionate and committed educators take the time to plan experiences that are unique to each child using play-based curriculum based on the Early Years Learning Framework.
Your child’s learning is documented online, making parents feel involved and always up to date with what is happening at the centre.
The staff will also take the time to acknowledge and celebrate cultural backgrounds. They believe their diverse backgrounds make them an amazing team to be a part of the ‘village’ needed to raise your child.
The Teen Family Centre Childcare Centre offer some fantastic seasonal and cultural events, and encourage families to take part. These events include annual events such as Mother's Day Morning Teas, Father's Day Breakfasts, Easter Egg Hunts, an amazing end of year Christmas Party, plus Harmony Day, Dwali and Songkran.
The centre also has some fantastic facilities, including a sustainability garden, yarning circle and space for the centre's 2 rabbits, and guinea pig. Children are provided with fresh, nutritional meals cooked on site by a qualified cook.
Parents also have access to a Parent Support Worker, who can assist with Centrelink, housing, transport, emotional support and any other needs they may have.
The childcare facilities are available to all parents, including young parents and young expecting parents taking part in the Young Parents Program at the Teen Family Centre.
Along with access to the childcare centre, the Young Parent Program provides resources and support for parents aged 18 and under who may otherwise struggle to obtain their West Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) while pregnant or taking care of children.
What does a week look like for the Young Parents?
Program participants attend mainstream education from Monday to Wednesday, followed by participation in the Young Parenting Program on Thursdays.
The Parenting Program is Department of Education endorsed and counts towards the WACE.
Activities are dedicated to focusing on the parents, such as child-parent bonding, a communal lunch with their children and the childcare centre, and an afternoon facilitation session.
Each facilitation sessions includes local community organisations presenting information to the group. The topics covered include Mental Health, Sexual Health, First Aid and Financial needs.
The Teen Family Centre has helped so many young parents and expectant parents complete their secondary study, or go on to further study through TAFE or university, or obtain employment through work experience organised with the high school.
The Teen Family Centre will be starting a community program for parents up to the age of 26 years. This program will help support young parents in the community, including those that complete their secondary education.
The program will aim to provide holistic support for young parents through direct support, advocacy, fun, educational workshops and activities. The workshops, which will include access to creche facilities, will cover the following areas:
Practical and Independent Living Skills
Health and Wellbeing
Personal and Life Development
The Teen Family Centre also offers specific programs for Young Fathers and grandparents, plus identifies and embraces the cultural diversity within the community and caters for the needs of Indigenous and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Young Parents.
If you are a young parent, a young expecting parent, or know someone who may benefit from the Teen Family Centre’s Parent Program, check out the website.