Early and Middle Childhood

Early Learning

Autism Advisory and Support Service (AASS) was established as a support and network and advisory service to empower children with Autism and their families through knowledge and support, and to positively impact and influence their children's social and emotional development

AASS has the legal status as a not for profit incorporated charity. AASS relies on funding grants, donations and sponsorships to meet its operational costs. Despite these financial obstacles AASS has grown in size and been able to expand its range of service delivery. Services include:

  • NDIS provider
  • Support groups
  • Early years therapy and support playgroup
  • Social skills and therapy group
  • Young adult social group
  • Autism library
  • AASS House
  • Assessments and diagnosis
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychology
  • Behaviour Management
  • Physiotherapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Art Therapy/Play
  • Social Skills Therapy
  • Young Adult Social Group
  • Parent supports in English and Arabic
  • Professional development
  • Sensory toy and resource shop
  • 24 hour Autism hotline

Visit http://aass.org.au/Services/#SupportGroups  or call/email 9601 2844 info@aass.org.au for more information

Starting Blocks provides parents with information about registered early childhood education and care and out of school hours care to help them make the best choice for their child and family.

Starting Blocks is a starting point to:

Our aim is to provide you and your family with trusted information, all in one place

Visit http://www.startingblocks.gov.au/find-child-care/

Transition to School

Liverpool City Council Children’s Services in conjunction with Liverpool City Library runs a transition to school program to meet a need in the Liverpool community to support and guide children  in their smooth transition to school. The program is run by a qualified early childhood teacher who currently works in council’s early education and care centres across Liverpool. A strong transition to school program is vital for children who are attending ‘big school’ as it gives them the strategies they need to have a positive start to school. Children must be aged 4 years and over and not attend any Liverpool City Council child care centres. This program runs for one term and is in the following locations during school terms:

  • Carnes Hill Library: Monday 10-11:30am
  • Green Valley Library: Tuesdays 10-11:30am
  • Liverpool Library: Wednesdays 10-11:30am
  • Moorebank Library: Thursdays 10-11:30am
  • Casula Library: Fridays 10-11:30am

Cost: FREE (one 10 week session per child only)

To enquire call 8711 7568 for more information

The Green Valley Great Start program is a transition to School program for children aged 4 - 5 years and is usually completed the year before they start Kindergarten. It is designed to enhance children's social skills, play skills, early literacy and numeracy skills and fine motor skills.  The program also familiarises children with routines and expectations of Kindergarten.

Children are required to bring a small healthy snack each week.

The program runs for 2.5hours per week and usually runs on Monday and Tuesdays.  The program runs to the school terms. Places are limited to families in the 2168 postcode  and some surrounding suburbs. New enrolments are taken in November for the following year.

To enrol your child please contact The Cubbyhouse on 9607 8884.

Warwick Farm is recognised within the community as being a small, friendly school. It has an aesthetically pleasing setting with a large play area for students. The focus continues to be on literacy, numeracy and the welfare of students and the whole school community. There is a high level of support to meet the needs of individuals through specific initiatives.

The ‘Get Ready For Big School!’ Kindy Transition Program will help children gain an understanding of what 'Big School' is all about through fun activities. Children get to play in their prospective classrooms and meet staff so that the step into 'Big School' is a positive transition. This program is only available to children who are attending Warwick Farm Public School the following year. This programs runs in Term 4 only.

Visit http://www.warwickfar-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/our-school

Or call 9602 9797 for more information

“Time to think, create, explore and solve” - Providing an intentional transition to Kindergarten within a nurturing Christian community.

The Prep curriculum reflects the belief that children learn best when they are active participants in their learning and that each child comes with a unique wealth of experiences, knowledge and understandings of their world. Children have opportunities to engage in a rich, thought-provoking environment that is designed to strengthen and extend:

  • Early literacy and numeracy skills
  • Positive relationships
  • Problem solving and inquiry based learning
  • Technology skills.

Your child can be placed on a waiting list for Prep at any time, however, students must be four years old by May 31st in the year they begin Prep. You may also choose to make an enrolment for Kindergarten at William Carey at this time. These choices can be made at the time of your interview.

Children may be enrolled in the following programs:

  • Program 1: Three days, Monday – Wednesday
  • Program 2: Two days, Thursday – Friday
  • Program 3: Five days, Monday – Friday.

The Prep School operates on the same term dates as the rest of the school and runs each day from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm, however, there is supervision for the children from 8:00 am.

Visit http://www.wccs.nsw.edu.au/?page_id=65

School Aged Programs and Activities

Autism Advisory and Support Service (AASS) was established as a support and network and advisory service to empower children with Autism and their families through knowledge and support, and to positively impact and influence their children's social and emotional development

AASS has the legal status as a not for profit incorporated charity. AASS relies on funding grants, donations and sponsorships to meet its operational costs. Despite these financial obstacles AASS has grown in size and been able to expand its range of service delivery. Services include:

  • NDIS provider
  • Support groups
  • Early years therapy and support playgroup
  • Social skills and therapy group
  • Young adult social group
  • Autism library
  • AASS House
  • Assessments and diagnosis
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychology
  • Behaviour Management
  • Physiotherapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Art Therapy/Play
  • Social Skills Therapy
  • Young Adult Social Group
  • Parent supports in English and Arabic
  • Professional development
  • Sensory toy and resource shop
  • 24 hour Autism hotline

Visit http://aass.org.au/Services/#SupportGroups  or call/email 9601 2844 info@aass.org.au for more information

Families Together is funded by the Department of Education and sponsored by Fairfield City Council to provide parenting sessions to mothers, fathers, grandparents and carers who have children from birth to age 6. Information is available to parents and carers who live in Fairfield, Liverpool and Bankstown.

If sessions are planned in Liverpool, parents from Bankstown and Fairfield are also invited.

Some of the parenting sessions held through Families Together has included:

  • guiding children’s behaviour
  • enhancing self esteem
  • supporting anxious children
  • positive parenting
  • nutrition

For more information please call the Project Officer for Families Together- 0407 708 626

Go4Fun is a FREE healthy kids program for kids aged 7-13 above a healthy weight and their families. At Go4Fun kids and parents learn about healthy eating and physical activity using fun, lively activities games. Go4Fun builds self-esteem and confidence in an encouraging and supportive environment.

Go4Fun runs after school during the school term for 10 weeks.

Visit www.go4fun.com.au or call 1800 780 900 for more information

KidsXpress is a program that addresses the link between childhood trauma and adverse life outcomes. The KidsXpress Group Expressive Therapy Program utilises music, art, drama and play therapies to help children address traumatic life challenges. Fully approved as an Evidence-Based Program by the DSS, and facilitated by qualified therapists, this targeted group-based program enables children to express themselves in a safe and supported space. Delivered weekly over a school term, participation is by referral only.

Visit www.kidsxpress.org.au or speak with the Western Sydney Program Manager, David Anthony dave.anthony@kidsxpress.org.au

Koorana is a community owned non-profit organisation, established over 40 years ago, who provides early education as well as child disability services across the Inner West and South West areas of Sydney.

Koorana provides diverse services to give you the skills and support your family needs for your children to happily and confidently learn, make friends and reach their potential.

They offer services such as:

Service and transition support

  • Home and community based learning
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • SIBs club
  • MyTime- for carers

Koorana’s occupational therapists can support your child to develop their independence through self-care, social, coordination and concentration skills.

Visit http://www.koorana.org.au/services  for more information

Starting Blocks provides parents with information about registered early childhood education and care and out of school hours care to help them make the best choice for their child and family.

Starting Blocks is a starting point to:

Our aim is to provide you and your family with trusted information, all in one place

Visit http://www.startingblocks.gov.au/find-child-care/

SPARK is a settlement support program of the St Vincent de Paul Society for newly arrived refugee and asylum seeker families. SPARK partners with primary schools in Western Sydney, and uses volunteers and other community organisations to support the settlement of newly arrived families and create opportunities to engage with local communities.

SPARK inspires inclusive communities by creating opportunities for newly arrived and settled families to meet and build meaningful connections.

Our work includes:

  • Providing   children with educational, aspiration building and recreational programs
  • Providing parent   programs, workshops and events that offer opportunities to build   educational and language skills, increase social connection and provide   support and referrals
  • Building   the capacity of the community to support the settlement of newly arrived   families. We do this by partnering with and offering training to local   schools, community organisations and bilingual workers.

Visit www.spark.vinnies.org.au or call 4621 5557