Helpful Links to Vist

Family Assistance Office
The Family Assistance Office has been set up by the Australian Government to give Australian families better access to government services
www.familyassist.gov.au/

Playgroup Australia
Playgroup Australia is a federation of the eight peak State and Territory Playgroup Associations across Australia who collectively represent more than 105,000 families and 145,000 children at 8,500 playgroup sessions every week.
www.playgroupaustralia.com.au/

My Child
The mychild.gov.au website is Australia's online child care portal. On this website you will find information on different types of child care and how to get assistance with the cost of child care. You can also search a database to find child care centres in your local area. In many cases, you will also be able to find the services' vacancy and fee information.
www.mychild.gov.au/

Maitland City Library
Maitland City Library is a vibrant hub for community activity, recreation, information and lifelong learning. Membership of the library is available to all residents, workers and visitors to the Maitland area.
www.maitland.nsw.gov.au/library

The Hunter New England Local Health Network
The Hunter New England Local Health Network  is one of 18 Local Health Networks across New South Wales. We provide a broad range of public health care services for a population of approximately 840,000 people, including 20 per cent of the state's Aboriginal population, from the Hunter, New England and Lower Mid North Coast regions.
www.hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

Raising Children Network
The complete Australian resource for parenting newborns to teens
http://raisingchildren.net.au/

Family Education
http://www.familyeducation.com/home/

Parenting
We have the resources and guidance on how to successfully raise, praise,
discipline, teach and nurture your child.
http://www.parenting.org/

Kids Health
All parents need a little advice now and then. Get the lowdown on parenting basics like discipline, homework help, and how to talk to your child about tough subjects, like sex, tobacco, and alcohol. Plus, find out where you can turn for help and support.
http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/

Parents - Nutrition
You play the most important role in raising a food-savvy kid. Get the know-how you need to nourish and nurture and to help them develop good eating habits for life.
http://www.parents.com/recipes/nutrition/kids/

Parenting Toddlers
Parenting toddlers... ensuring your toddlers' safety, potty training, disciplining your toddler, and various activities for your toddler. This site is dedicated to all parents with toddlers and young children to help alleviate their headaches on handling these children.
http://www.parentingtoddlers.com/index.html

HUGGIES Australia
Conception, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Baby care, Toddlers, Parenting, Products & Promotions
http://www.huggies.com.au/

The Bub Hub
Bub Hub is the pregnancy & parenting site for Aussie parents.
If you are pregnant, trying to conceive or already have young children, then breathe a huge sigh of relief! You'll find everything you need right here.
http://www.bubhub.com.au/index.php

Kids Health
This is the place to find lots of fun stuff about everything to do with being a kid.
http://www.cyh.com/SubDefault.aspx?p=255

Child and Youth Health
Children and Youth Health promotes the health, well-being and development of children, young people and families across South Australia.
www.cyh.com.au

The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia
This is Australia’s first national Early Years Learning
Framework for early childhood educators. The aim
of this document is to extend and enrich children’s
learning from birth to five years and through the
transition to school.
Belonging Being and Becoming

Samaritans Early Intervention Co-ordination Team
The Samaritans Early Intervention Coordination Team (SEICT) offers a program to support children aged 0-8 with autism, developmental delay and disability, by working with and supporting their families, educators and community members. In this project information, services, support and choices to plan are provided to achieve the best possible outcome for the child and family.
http://www.samaritans.org.au/seict

 

Kaleidoscope - Child and Family Health Team
A community-based service to children aged 2-12 years and their families, covering both developmental and psychosocial issues.  The team includes paediatricians, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and speech pathologists.  Based at the Wallsend Child and Family Centre, the team provides services from a number of outreach facilities in the Hunter, including home and school visits.  Team members work in consultation and collaboration with professional staff from other agencies that may also be working with our client group.
http://www.kaleidoscope.org.au_servicessfht.html

 

Maitland Family Support Scheme Inc
MFSS is an Early Intervention Service

Medicare Local Hunter
Hunter Medicare Local is able to offer expanded psychological services to children under 12 years old and their families (as well as children aged up to 14 and 11 months where no other service is available to them).  Services are provided under the Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) Initiative and are provided at no cost to families. 
www.hunterml.com.au

Ready Steady Go Kids
Ready Steady Go Kids is Australia's leading pre-school sport and exercise program. Operating since 2004, we currently run classes for toddlers and kids (aged 2.4-6 years) at more than 140 locations nationally. Our physio-designed multi-sport activities teach pre-schoolers the fundamentals of 10 different sports and develop and enhance gross and fine motor skills in a fun, social, non-competitive and supportive environment.
Ready Steady Go Kids seeks to promote a healthy lifestyle, develop a lifelong passion for physical activity and sport, decrease childhood obesity, increase confidence and prepare children for participation in school and the broader community.
 
1300 766 892
http://www.readysteadygokids.com.au 

St Vincents de Paul Society NSW Early Links
Supporting families and carers of children diagnosed with a disability or developmental delay.

Early Links can assist children (0-8 years) and their families to:
- recognise and build on indivdual and family strengths
- develop existing support networks to meet the goals of the family and child
-look at ways children with disability can fully participate and be part of community, and plan for the future
- access specialist services throughout the time of diagnosis
Ph: (02) 4905 0700
Email: early.links@vinnies.org.au
http://www.vinnies.org.au

Sporty Kids
Sporty Kids has great programs for children aged 2.5 to 5 years old.

Are you looking for an activity for your child, at Sporty Kids we have a program to suit you. Our outdoor, circuit style classes are high in energy and fun, whilst teaching kids the fundamental gross motor skill combined with socialisation with kids their own age.
As we do not require a parent to participate you get to become their biggest supporter, watching them have fun and develop from the sideline, cheering them on.
Programs run at:     Maitland and East Maitland
Ph:     1300 669 349
http://www.sportykids.net.au