Early childhood therapists and education specialists on hand for parents help and information ... see below
The Department of Education, Training & Disabilities at this year's Kids Day Out.
Explore, relax and indulge your senses this year in the Sensory Wonderland, an inclusive and accessible experience for all ages and abilities to enjoy! This magical space will provide a safe and relaxing place for families to take time out in a sensory friendly environment, designed to engage the senses in a calming and comforting way. Discover a magical world filled with illuminated colours, soft seating, calming sounds and aromatic scents created by local sensory artist Bliss Cavanagh of Happy Senses.
Open from 10-3pm this room will take up to 20 people at one time so a wait period may apply. This is so everyone can get the most out of the room we thank you for your patience, and hope you enjoy your experience.
On the day our educators will be handing out free books to all children under 5 and if parents are interested our educators will discuss who we are, our waiting list forms and vacancies across the 4 Central Coast Centres.
We want to make CCKDO as inclusive and welcoming as possible so this year we have added to the day with a Sensory Play Room as a space to unwind from the excitement of the day to let your children relax with some quiet activities you can make yourself at home. This is a room for everyone to come and enjoy. Don’t forget to check out our website for all the information you need to attend the day! Linkers work with people with disability aged 7 to 64 their family members and carers to support them with achieving their goals, hopes and dreams in their community. Ability Links will be providing the "Sensory Play Room" for a quiet retreat.
The role of the Family Referral Service is to assist vulnerable children, young people and families who do not meet the statutory threshold of “risk of significant harm” to access specific and appropriate support services in their local area. The intent is to prevent a difficult situation that a family, young person or child may be experiencing from escalating to a crisis requiring a statutory response from the child protection system. We have Child and Family Practitioners ready to engage with families and get them supported regarding any issue they may be experiencing (parenting issues, family breakdown, family violence, mental health, homelessness or health problems to name a few). The Family Referral Service on the Central Coast is run by the Benevolent Society. The Benevolent Society has been supporting people with disabilities, children, families, older Australians and carers since 1813 (as Australia’s first charity). It is not-for-profit and non-religious. To access our service call our intake line on 1300 006 480. Our service is free and voluntary. On the day we have an intake worker, a child and family practitioner and our housing worker ready to chat and answer any questions and to play some games with the kids.
We will be talking about the services offered by the YMCA in relation to Vacation Care, Before and After School Care and Swimming. There will be representatives from all these services at the event. We will be giving information relating to the benefits of play and children having the opportunity to develop social networks. The kind of experiences we offer are varied, inclusive and give children a safe space to play, make friends and happy memories.
The aim of the Multicultural Resources Library is to promote cultural awareness amongst children and the community through education and play. We believe that children who learn about the world from a young age will grow with a better understanding of the world around them and the people who live in it. The Multicultural Resource Library is home to over 5,000 individual resources, available for loan to Early Childhood Professionals and Carers. These include music and musical instruments, books, stories, posters, props, home corner, dramatic play and dress-ups. Our operation presently takes place via our mobile resource library. Our van visits our GOLD members every 6 weeks throughout the year. The van purchase was funded by the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation and now travels regularly throughout the Central Coast region, making our resources accessible to services.
Come and talk to Bec around the Sensory Play Room and Sensory Wonderland. Coastwide Therapy Services is committed to encouraging and supporting all people, regardless of their disabilities, to have the opportunity to reach their full potential. We offer assessment and therapeutic intervention to children who have difficulties in their everyday activities, including not only those things that they need to do, but the things that they want to do. Play is to a child what work is to an adult. Play is child's work and we use a play-based approach to therapy which promotes the development of cognitive, social, communication, motor and sensory skills. We see children at our clinics – Killarney vale, Woy Woy, Toukley and soon to be Wyoming. We also see children at preschool/school and at home. Coastwide Therapy Services are committed to using a person-centred approach where individuals feel they have been heard and are empowered to reach their goals, creating better outcomes for the individual and those that support them. We run groups that focus on fussy eating, social skills, school readiness and handwriting and run workshops for parents and educators on sensory regulation, school readiness, how to engage children, fussy eating.
We will be talking to families about the importance of their children’s oral health, and information about the $1,000 free dental services that Medicare gives through the Child Dental Benefits Schedule for eligible families (which interestingly, a lot of parents are unaware of!), as well as information on sports mouthguards.
Life Education is the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of childhood preventative drug and health education. For almost 40 years, we have taken our mobile learning centres and famous mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe to schools, teaching students about healthy choices in the areas of drugs and alcohol, cybersafety, nutrition, lifestyle and respectful relationships. The program reaches 300,000 children across NSW each year, with 44 mobile learning centres and 60 specially trained educators.
Visit Bec and ask about behaviour guidance, building resilience, routine, rhythms & rituals, child development & nature play. Information for parents, fun for kids. Stone & Sprocket Professional Learning and Playgroups is a local family owned business that aims to support children, families, educators and anyone working with young children to reach their full potential in life and education. We are inclusive and dynamic in our approach to early childhood professional development and family support. We will have 3 mini stations at our stall: Mud facepaint (crushed ochre and water with mirror) on the ground; Tic Tac Toe (a game of noughts and crosses using stones and sticks) on a mat; Small world fairy house with soft puppets on mat.
Mother Goose nursery rhymes for the kids, near the COLA. You can purchase Yarran's support with your NDIS package Yarran has vacancies with our experienced key workers and a speech pathologist. Just ask me for further information and a quote. Visit us on Facebook page too! Yarran is a registered NDIS provider specialising in Early Childhood Intervention.
Coast Community Connections provide high quality services to children, families & people with a disability on the Coast.
Andrew has worked as a psychologist for the past 20 years providing evidence based clinical interventions to children, adolescents, families, couples, and adults from a wide range of backgrounds. Like many of our 22 psychologists at the READ Clinic, Andrew specialises in a number of therapeutic approaches, including: Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR); Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); and the use of Mindfulness.
Relationship services. Kids activities & giant Jenga.
Donna is focussed on actively supporting families in their parenting roles and is a strong advocate for children.
Speech Pathologist and founder of Sign and Speak Australia and All Areas Speech Pathology since 2011
Connects people to strengthen child, family and community wellbeing: playing, learning and building communities of support.
Engaging Interactions is an Early Intervention Service supporting children 0-10yrs of age with developmental or learning challenges and their families. Our main focus at Engaging Interactions: 1. Strengthening parent – child engagement and attachment. 2. Supporting children within the home and community environments. 3. Working with children to build healthy foundations for social, emotional and intellectual capacities using the DIR Floortime Approach® 4. Empowering parents, caregivers and educators through coaching and support. 5. Supporting children in building strong foundational skills at the earlier levels of development such as self-regulation, engaging and relating to others.
We aim to strengthen family relationships and increase the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
Spinal assessments, advice on wellness & reaching potential, interactive games.
Delivering the most enriching early education program.
We aim to provide an environment that’s an extension of home, whilst promoting their individual sense of identity and capabilities to succeed.
Are you a young parent? Did you not finish your education? Do you want to finish your education or continue it?
Come and join our program at Narara Valley High School on Wednesday and Thursday. Care is available for your child/ren on site while you study. Narara Valley High runs a crèche with qualified staff and Child Studies student volunteers. Morning/afternoon tea, lunch and drinks supplied for $2 per child per day. Come and visit us in the crèche at Kids Day Out and learn more about this awesome program while the kids have fun doing some craft.
“We believe in creating a community of empowered mothers, empowered educators and empowered children.” Developing Dreams provides support, information and services to empower children, mothers and early childhood educators and focuses on relationship building in the community. We invite you to explore the opportunities we offer and look forward to collaborating with you in the future. Keep your eye out for Catherine’s articles in Kidz On The Coast or follow Developing Dreams on facebook for your mothering motivation! We will provide playdough and bubbles for the kids and will be available to talk to parents.
Central Coast Community Women's Health Centre is a feminist women’s health centre providing holistic health services to women at three centres located at Wyoming, Wyong and Woy Woy. CCCWHC provides essential health services to women which include clinical services, counselling, group work, social activities, advocacy, information and referral, legal advice, drop in and support for women in crisis. As well as providing specific services and programs, the CCCWHC is also a resource centre for all women and girls within the Central Coast area, requiring information on community services, health matters, housing or any area of concern. We also provide a childcare service for women attending appointments or groups on site. CCCWHC is a safe space for women, allowing women access to any of our three centres to take time out in a safe and welcoming environment.
Totally U Essential Therapies looks beyond what is physically obvious when it comes to you and your family’s wellness. “Have you or your child ever felt overwhelmed and just don’t know what to do or how to communicate with them?” Natalie, Trudy & Merrin each have 15 years plus in working with in holistic therapies and education with children and parents. They are passionate when it comes to working with children on an individual bases supporting children and parents by facilitating ways to achieve a sense of wellness mentally, physically and emotionally in their day to day environment. The healing power of touch, smell and sound can communicate love, consciously or unconsciously, and can trigger metabolic and chemical changes in the body that stimulate your body back to a state of well-being.
Fun activities for kids ... the eco way.
Story time with Council's bookmobile.