Illawarra Children's Services is community-owned and not-for-profit and has served children and families with distinction since 1981.
We’re open 7.30am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday, 51 weeks per year. To make your day a little easier we supply nappies, all meals, sunscreen and linen.
For children of primary school age, we offer creative workshops and skoolzout - our recreation and arts clubs for children.
We also offer uplifting arts and equity programs so that all children can reach their full potential. We are very proud of what we do. Come and see why, we welcome all enquiries.
Narellan Community Preschool el 85 Richardson Road, Narellan
Ph: 02 4647 1076 Opening Times: 7.30am – 5.30pm. Narellan Community Preschool is a community owned long day care centre for children aged 0-6 years.
Our centre prides itself on its high-quality learning environment including a transition-to-school program for preschoolers aged 3-6. Our centres are led by university qualified teachers with a passion for early childhood education.
Call in any time for a tour and meet our team of educators. Find out more about us at http://www.bigfatsmile.com.au/
Picton Community Preschool 9bc Wild Street Picton Phone: 02 4677 1762. Opening hours: 9am – 3pm(extended 8am – 4pm).
Bingara Gorge Community Preschool Lot 118 Jackson Lane, Wilton. Phone 1800 050 414 0-5 prides itself on its high-quality learning environment including a preschool program for ages 3-5. Opening Hours: 6:30am-6:30pm. All of our early childhood centres incorporate a specialised transition to school program as part of the curriculum, so your child has the best possible start to their education.
For more information visit http://www.bigfatsmile.com.au/0-5-centres/0-5-centres/
I Can Read Narellan Learn to read with the I CAN READ system, developed by Australian educational psychologists.
Empowering students to take control of their own reading progress in a fun and easy way, incorporating: spelling, phonics, reading, comprehension, grammar and creative writing.
Classes are kept small, a maximum of 8 students.
No student has failed to significantly improve with the I CAN READ system.
Available in over 60 centres in 8 countries, more than 100,000 students have been through the system.
The I CAN READ system is successful because it offers:
- Specialised literacy programmes
- Pre-test/post-test outcomes-based environment
- Quality pre-reading foundation programme
- Qualified and specialist trained teacher
- Effective reading and instruction programme
- Language rich environment
- Strong use of expressive (spoken) English
- Well designed and efficient operations system
- Systematic procedures that are evidence based
The programmes available at the I CAN READ Narellan Centre range from classes for very young learners to school aged children and beyond:
I CAN READ
Little Bears Club
A child-centred programme with an emphasis on expressive and receptive English.
Thinking and Creative Skills
Based on a multiple intelligences approach, this programme is designed to stimulate the imagination, encourage cognitive growth, improve verbal confidence, and introduce phonological awareness.
Preliminary Reading Skills
Covers all the prerequisite skills needed to become a good reader, including phonemic awareness and phonics. Includes oral presentation skills.
A multi-sensory structured reading programme which uses a unique method to teach the student to read and spell quickly and easily.
School Holiday Intensive Programme
A highly interactive and intense 5 day programme for students aged 3 - 14 years. Covers a diverse range of literacy skills aimed at developing self confidence in students. The programmes aim to further develop student's preliminary range of skills and for students wanting to enhance their speech, drama and creative writing skills.
Contact us for your obligation free, diagnostic assessment today www.icanreadsystem.com Ph: 02 4648 0555.
Kids First Aid
Paramedics empowering parents and carers with the knowledge to save your child’s life.
What happens in the first few minutes immediately after an accident or medical incident can make all the difference.
Learn how to stay calm, take control of the situation and respond in the critical moments before help arrives.
Learn how to respond to the most common emergencies Aussie kids are exposed to.
Informative and engaging sessions hosted by qualified paramedics.
Pick up practical first aid skills in one affordable 3-hour workshop at locations Australia-wide.
Find your nearest course at www.kidsfirstaid.com.au/course-dates/NSW
NSW course locations include; Petersham, North Ryde, Miranda, Newport, Woollahra, Hornsby, Crows Nest, Castle Hill, Balmain, Dee Why, Narellan, Wollongong and Penrith.
Flexible workshops to suit your needs. Choose from public or private sessions.
With the help of our training, you'll sleep easy knowing that you're prepared for almost every emergency.
To find out more call 1300 138 133 or visit www.kidsfirstaid.com.au
BabyUV You asked, we listened ... BabyUV newborn and infant bundle packs have arrived! Priced $55 with $5 Australia-wide delivery!
Natural UV and sun protective products for babies, infants and toddlers - our range includes up to 50+UPF baby blankets, bandana's and bibs rated by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).
BabyUV recently featured in the Southern Courier’s editorial. Contact us for more information.
Sensory Tools Australia The Traffic Jam In My Brain
A Sensory Processing Approach to Challenges Associated with Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioural Differences Presented by international speaker Genevieve Jereb, OTR, "The Traffic Jam In My Brain” is a fun, informative and interactive seminar designed for parents, therapists and other professionals. You will gain understanding of the basics of sensory processing and learn "ready-to-use" strategies to support learning, attention, social and emotional relationships and behaviour in children. This workshop gives you a set of dynamic, practical tools incorporating:
- Play &â€?Movement
Brisbane – 27th March, Melbourne – 29th March, Sydney – 10th April
Young Academics Early Learning Centre Smeaton Grange strives to meet the needs of families in our community. We welcome all families to our centre and aim to provide an environment that is an extension of their homes. We believe parents are children’s first and most important educators and that working in partnership with families is crucial. When families and early childhood educators work together the results have a positive impact on children’s learning and development, enhancing their well-being and learning achievement.
For more information on vacancies and how to enrol contact us
Our educators will be committed to building warm, respectful, responsive relationships with the children, building upon the diverse cultural backgrounds of each child whilst promoting each child’s sense of identity. We are committed to equity and believe in all children’s capabilities to succeed. We offer children the freedom to explore and discover through play based learning whilst providing programs that aim to enrich their learning through planned experiences and programs. Our facilities and resources are purpose built to accommodate and promote all children’s development and learning.
Our centre caters for children from birth to 6 years, we will provide three age appropriate playrooms, with each room well resourced with materials to suit the developmental level and competence of the age group to which it caters. Our rooms are known as: 0-2 years - Turtles; 2-3 years- Dolphins and 3-6 years Starfish
Separation anxiety in children is when children fear being parted from their parents or guardians. It’s common and normal among babies and toddlers. A very small number of preschoolers and school-age children develop a more serious form of the condition, called separation anxiety disorder. There are things you can do if you have a child with either of these issues.
Identifying separation anxiety in children.
Separation anxiety reaches its peak in babies aged 14-18 months and typically decreases throughout early childhood.
Stranger anxiety is similar to separation anxiety and involves wariness and distress in the presence of unfamiliar people. It can occur from 8-10 months and usually decreases after the child’s first birthday.
These anxieties are a normal part of development, and are nothing to be concerned about. After all, these anxieties happen when children are becoming more mobile, so they make sense from a survival point of view. That is, if children could crawl or walk away from their carers but weren’t afraid of separation or strangers, they would get lost more easily.
Separation anxiety disorder in children
As children reach preschool and school age, they’re less likely to experience separation anxiety. Of course, there’ll always be times when they only want to be with you.
If children in this age group seem particularly and regularly distressed about being separated from their parents, it’s possible they might have separation anxiety disorder. According to a 2009 study, 4% of preschoolers and school-age children develop this condition.
Separation anxiety disorder is defined as occurring when the:
- anxiety interferes with the child’s life, and subsequently the parent’s life
- severity of the anxiety is inappropriate for the child’s developmental level
- characteristics of separation anxiety have gone on for at least four weeks.
If your child is suffering from separation anxiety, there are lots of things you can do to help him.
Read about the stepladder approach, a gentle behaviour technique used to help children who suffer from separation anxiety.
- Tell your child when you’re leaving and when you’ll be back. This is a helpful thing to do, even with babies. Some parents feel it will be easier to sneak out when their child is settled, but this can make things worse – your child might feel confused or upset when she realises you’re not around, and might then be more difficult to settle the next time you leave her.
- Say goodbye to your child briefly – don’t drag it out.
- If you’re leaving your child in a new setting – child care centre, preschool, friend’s house, babysitter – spend time at the new place with your child before the separation occurs. He needs to know he’s being left in a safe place with a person you can both trust. He’ll be less distressed if he’s left in a familiar place with familiar people.
- To increase your child’s feelings of safety, let her take something she loves from home, such as a teddy bear, pillow or blanket. These objects can be gradually phased out as she becomes more settled.
- Keep a relaxed and happy expression on your face when you’re leaving your child. If you seem worried or sad, your child might think the place isn’t safe and can get upset too.
- It can be useful to tell your child’s child care centre, preschool or school about his anxiety, and let them know about anything you’re doing to help your child. This way, other people in your child’s environment can give him consistent support.
- Gently encourage your child to separate from you by giving her practice. It's important to give her positive experiences of separations and reunions. Avoiding separations from your child can make the problem worse.
You know your child best. If you’re worried about her anxiety, consider seeking professional help. Here are some places to start:
- your child’s school counsellor
- your child’s GP or paediatrician
- local children’s health or community health centre
- a specialist anxiety clinic (present in most states).
Extract from http://raisingchildren.net.au