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A.C.T Government Resources for Families

Below is some information for families we received from the ACT and Federal Government.
Please have a look through the information below and visit the links provided if you would like more information. 

 

Flu Vacinations

Free influenza (‘flu’) vaccines are available for children from six months to under five years.

ACT Government letter

ParentLink

ParentLink is a primary prevention community education program that provides parenting information to parents within the ACT and region. The program has a strengths-based/solution focused approach.

The Parentlink website can be reached here.

ParentLink aims to:

  • Validate the important and demanding role of parents. 
  • Promote the status of parenting. 
  • Promote the importance of effective parenting practices. 
  • Provide information based on the latest research. 
  • Support parents in building on their knowledge, skills and confidence. 
  • Encourage parents to feel supported to ask for help at difficult times. 
  • Connect parents with an extensive network of services. 

 

ParentLink is unique in terms of its role and function. It is a small program that relies heavily on working in partnership with the community and other organisations, government departments and the business sector.

ParentLink is a program in the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support, within the Community Services Directorate. The ParentLink website provides access to the following services:

  • Parent guides. 
  • A directory of parenting services. 
  • Upcoming community events and parenting courses. 
  • Readings related to parent guides. 
  • Links to other useful websites.

Child and Family Centres – ACT

Child and Family Centres sit within the Community Services Directorate (CSD) portfolio, within the Early Intervention and Prevention Services branch of the Office for Children Youth and Family Support (OCYFS).

Information on Child and Family Centres can be reached here. 

Child and Family Centres are a service system that aims to:

  • Positively influence the developmental pathways and life trajectory of children. 
  • Build capacity and resiliency of families to support their children. 
  • Strengthen the linkages and connections of families to supportive communities.

The work of the Child and Family Centres in the Gungahlin, Tuggeranong and West Belconnen communities contributes to the fulfilment of the ACT Government’s vision for all people to reach their potential, make a contribution and share the benefits of an inclusive community (Canberra Social Plan, 2011).

Drop-in Parenting Support

Parents are invited to visit their local Child and Family Centre, chat with a trained professional about parenting, ask questions and get information. This can lead to ongoing, one-to-one support with a child and family worker.

Staff are available to speak with parents and service providers – Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, wither in person or by phoning your local centre – about a range of issues including:

  • General parenting. 
  • Adjusting to being a parent. 
  • Family relationship issues. 
  • Your child’s behaviour.

This service is free of charge and available without an appointment.

Where:                 Gungahlin, Tuggeranong and West Belconnen Child and Family Centres

When:                   9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday

How:                     Drop-in or call your local centre

Who:                     For parents and carers of young children

 

Australian Government: Child Care​ Fact Sheets

To find out more information about your potential benefits in assisting with the cost of child care please use the link below to access the Australian Government Child Care Fact Sheets:

Australian Government: Child Care Fact Sheets

Department of Social Services

To access the full range of information, fact sheets and publications from the Department of Social Services please use the following link:

Department of Social Services Publications

 Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

Below are some links to resources available through the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

ACECQA – Useful Links for Families

ACECQA Newsletters

ACT Government – Education Fact Sheets

Below are a series of fact sheets that have been released by the ACT Government.  They primarily contain information about how schools and their communities can improve the strength and quality of their relationships to enhance children’s educational experiences and outcomes.

We are currently looking through and discussing these fact sheets to determine strategies to assist us in improving and strengthening the quality of our partnership with the Aranda Afters community.

The fact sheets are:

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