The Northern Territory news Tue 5 Jan 2010
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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News Special Feature, Tuesday, January 5, 2010 27 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 5 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 2 7 C O L O R : C M Y K THINKING ABOUT GOING BACK TO WORK? BUT . YOUR CHILD HAS A DISABILITY EARLY CHILDHOOD AUSTRALIA NT BRANCH is the Inclusion Support Agency for the Northern Region of the Territory. We support the staff in Child Care Services to ensure the social inclusion of children who have additional needs. HOW DOES IT WORK? 1. Visit Child Care Services to find the one you like. 2. Enrol your child and tell the service your child has additional needs. 3. Tell them if you think they may require support to include your child. 4. The Child Care Service will contact Early Childhood Australia NT Branch 5. We will assist the service to identify and access what level and type of supports they will require 6. We continue to assist the service with the inclusion of your child throughout the year. We support the staff in Centre Based Care, Family Day Care, in Before and After School Hours Care and in Vacation Care Programs. The Inclusion Support Agencies are funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the Inclusion and Professional Support Program. Phone: 08 89867142 Fax: 08 89472884 71 Coonawarra Road, Winnellie 28fa01/09 Darwin Family Day Care Family Day Care can offer.. An experienced and highly trained childcare professional An accredited, fully licensed and monitored service The attention of one consistent , trusted carer A secure and safe home environment from birth to 12 years Office: 45 Malak Cres, Malak Ph: 8945 2945 Murraya Childrens Centre Murraya Children's Centre is dedicated to providing high quality education and care for young children 2 to 5 years with a focus on the natural environment. Large natural bush outdoor environment grass, native trees, rock pool with waterfall Innovative centre with new resources Family grouping 175 Leanyer Drive, Leanyer Ph: 8927 1080 Ph: 8945 2945 Bees Creek Outside School Hours Care Bees Creek OSHC provides a program which emphasises play, social interaction and recreation for children 5-12 years. Developmentally appropriate programs Afternoon Tea provided Bees Creek Primary School, Sattler Cres, Bees Creek Ph: 8983 3290 Ph: 8945 2945 28fa03/10 Are you being the parent you thought you would be? Are your children experiencing loving and effective parenting? CatholicCare NT supports individuals, couples and families by offering a range of programs with information, counselling and advice on such things as: Parenting and relationship education Support for families, carers, children and young people whose lives are affected by mental illness Counselling for individuals, children, couples and families Our Children's Contact Service where safe change-overs and supervised contacts can occur for separated families We have people who can help. Please ring about services in your area. Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine,Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Wadeye and Nguiu with outreach programs to remote areas. Telephone 08 8944 2000 www.catholiccarent.org.au 28fa02/09 Service should cater for needs of all ONE of the most import ant aspects of a quality childcare program is that it is inclusive. No matter what cul tural background or abil ity of your child, they should be welcomed into a service. The childcare service of your choice can ac cess support to assist them with the social inclusion of children with additional needs. The childcare service makes the referral through Early Childhood Australia (ECA) NT Branch the Inclusion Support Agency for the northern region. The support available varies according to the additional need and the existing skills of the childcare staff. Here are two stories to demonstrate how eas ily accessed the support is and includes exam ples of support avail able: Mary brought her child to a childcare serv ice, but communication was difficult because she had little English. An interpreter was helping in the enrolment process the next day after contacting Early Childhood Australia NT. Ongoing support to the staff started with sharing cultural know ledge and family wishes for their child. Ben Rudd is autistic. The childcare service contacted the ECA and helped develop a plan to increase staff skills and knowledge. The staff learnt what resources were avail able for autism in the community, attended training and introduced practices that met the needs of an autistic child. The inclusion support offered by Early Child hood Australia empow ers staff to make changes in practices to create inclusive com munities for children. Best of care for your child FUN DAYS: Playing can be used as therapy for children H OW did you feel when you took your little one to childcare for the first time? Many dads and mums have mixed feelings although they know that this will be a helpful way forward for themselves and the child, secure in the knowledge that their little one will be in the care of professionals. But there are times when mum and dad may feel sadness or misgiving, and possibly a touch of guilt. This is a normal re sponse to the new life experience for the family. It can be helpful to talk this over and receive sup port from a professional. Sometimes children can find separating from their mum or dad difficult when its their time for day care or pre-school. In spite of a parents best efforts, a little boy or girl may be distraught at the start of the day. If youre worried about how your child is respond ing, CatholicCare (formerly Centacare) offers play ther apy for children from four years of age. In a safe, secure atmos phere, a qualified counsel lor assists the child to express their feelings through play. In other cases, when parents have separated, the child may feel insecure at a further separation from the parent they are with at the time. CatholicCare has a special program, Support ing Children After Separ ation, where a counsellor can help the children ex press their feelings about missing their parent. The childs associated grief, loss, anger and sad ness can be uncovered, and the counsellor then guides the boy or girl through family changes in a healthy manner. Parents also receive sup port and information while the counsellor is working with the child through this period. A counsellor seeing the child can provide mum and dad with new parenting strategies that will assist their child to stay emotion ally strong and healthy through the new family stage. Hints on how to keep the parental conflict separate from the parenting of the child are also discussed. The Childrens Contact Service provided by Cath olic Care (with Australian Government funding) can assist families, and allows the childs changeover from one parent to another in a safe environment. Supervised visits are available in a respectful environment. For any services pro vided by CatholicCare NT, call 8944 2000. Copy supplied by CatholicCare NT
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