Community Networking

We are delighted to have strong connections in the local and broader community areas. We regularly receive visitors from our local area with donations for the children’s play and art experiences as well as time for conversations about what’s happening in our neighborhood.

Little Wonders Early Learning Centre also maintains connections with our local emergency services through incursions and implementation of their targeted learning resources.

Little Wonders Early Learning Centre is also part of a networking community group of local childcare centres that has been meeting on a regular basis over the past two years. We assist this community group by opening our centre for other educators for training purposes. Being part of this community group not only supports the educators of all centres but also the children and families in the community by working together.

We believe in the importance of supporting local and small businesses. We are always sharing and recommending family and community businesses through various ways. Check out our Facebook page and Instagram for pages we like and follow. There are lots of great community resources in our family library as well!

More information about our community networking is available on our Curriculum page.

We welcome all community networking opportunities. If you would like to network with us, contact us today.

Community Events

In April 2017, our educators set up an event to raise funds for Autism Awareness, walking from Minnamurra to Kiama. It was advertised on the local radio and reached vast members of the local community who joined our centre team on the walk raising funds. We were able to raise over $600 that went directly to supporting families with children diagnosed with Autism as well as raise awareness in the need to support and include children with additional needs. This was a huge achievement for our educators in setting up and meant a lot to families at our centre and community who praised our centre for taking steps to raise greater awareness and understanding of Autism. Our business also donated funds to the Autism Awareness foundation in support of this cause. Read More: https://makingadifference.gofundraise.com.au/page/littlewonderswalk

In May 2017, some of our children went on a bus excursion to the Illawarra Rural Fire Service Control Centre for the community organised emergency services expo. This was a great experience for all who came along, providing children the opportunity to be an active member of the community whilst learning about one of their favourite topics!

May 2017 we were excited to have the local SES visit our centre. The children had drawn some pictures for them and we made a certificate of appreciation for all their hard work and dedication. Thank you SES!

November 2017: Little Wonders ELC donated to KidzWish through participation in the i98FM Illawarra Convoy.

2017- ongoing: We have established regular excursion to a local aged care centre. The children and residents have built wonderful relationships and we continue to regularly visit throughout the year.

February 2018: Cassandra was interviewed by 95 Wave FM regarding nomination in the Australian Family EC Awards, during the interview discussed the importance of early childhood education and the unique practices and team of Little Wonders ELC for inclusion of all children.

 

Parent Resources                                                       

Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority
http://acecqa.gov.au/

Barnados Australia
Barnardos Australia is a leading child protection charity, supporting families and children in need
http://www.barnardos.org.au/

Early Childhood Australia
http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au
Early Childhood Australia is the peak early childhood advocacy organisation, acting in the interests of young children, their families and those in the early childhood field.

Family Services Illawarra
We are a vibrant service that supports children, young people and their families, helping to keep them safe, well, strong and connected.
http://www.fsi.org.au/

Cancer Council
http://www.cancercouncil.com.au

Child Protection
http://www.community.nsw.gov.au/docs_menu/for_agencies_that_work_with_us/child_protection_services.html

Community Child Care Co-Operative
http://ccccnsw.org.au/
We aim to inform and inspire the early education and care sector, and influence government policy, practices and programs so children in NSW can access quality early education and care that meet the needs of their communities.

Centrelink
www.centrelink.gov.au
This site allows you check your eligibility for the Child Care Benefit (CCB), obtain your customer reference number (CRN) and other application forms.

Code of Ethics
http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/ECA-COE-Brochure-2016.pdf

Children’s Health Government Information
http://australia.gov.au/topics/health-and-safety/childrens-health

Department of Family and Community Services
www.facs.gov.au
This site will provide you with information relating to Child Care, Child Support and relevant fee relief forms, and other Family Assistance information.

Department of Community Services 
www.community.nsw.gov.au
Information relating to licensing, compliance and relevant parenting information.

Department of Education and Communities
http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au
Information about a range of reforms to improve the quality of teaching in schools, to improve outcomes for all students, and to give schools greater authority to meet the needs of their communities.

Department of Education
http://education.gov.au/
The Department of Education and Training is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians access quality early childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.

Department of Social Services
https://www.dss.gov.au/families-and-children

The Department of Social Services helps to support families and children through programs and services and benefits and payments.

Dental Care
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/oralhealth/pages/default.aspx

Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
http://docs.education.gov.au/node/2636
Find information on the principles practices and outcomes for children’s learning from birth to five years of age.

Early Start Discovery Space- Wollongong
Australia’s only dedicated ‘children’s museum’, and the first-of-its-kind in the world based on a university campus, The Early Start Discovery Space is operated and supported by the University of Wollongong and has been built with a generous $7 million contribution from The Abbott Foundation. As a hands-on creative learning venue, the Early Start Discovery Space has been specifically designed for children from birth to 10 years and their accompanying families, carers, educators and teachers.
http://earlystartdiscoveryspace.edu.au/?gclid=CLXOhMyh89QCFVcRvQod_dQJQg

Ear Care
http://www.careforkidsears.health.gov.au/internet/cfke/publishing.nsf

Eye Sight Screening
http://www.kidsfamilies.health.nsw.gov.au/current-work/programs/programs-and-initiatives/steps-statewide-eyesight-preschooler-screening/

Family Assistance Office
www.familyassist.gov.au
Information relating to Child Care Benefit (CCB) or contact Family Assistance Office on 136 150 or 131 202 for Multilingual services.

Immunisation History Statement
Online copy – www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/public/online-services/index.jsp
Paper copy request – www1.medicareaustralia.gov.au/ssl/acircirgcert

Indigenous Services Australia
http://www.indigenousservices.com.au/
Indigenous Services Australia can provide your organisation with Indigenous representation at community consultations, negotiations, functions and programs

Illawarra Forum
The Illawarra Forum is the peak body working for community services and organisations in the Illawarra and the Shoalhaven
http://illawarraforum.org.au/

KidSafe NSW
http://www.kidsafensw.org/

My Child
www.mychild.gov.au
Find information on fee assistance, child care providers and Government regulations

Medicare Australia
www.medicareaustralia.gov.au

Munch & Move
https://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/campaigns-programs/about-munch-move.aspx

National Health and Medical Research Council
https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/publications/ch55
Find a copy of the latest edition of Staying Healthy in Childcare

PaintShoalhavenREaD
Paint Shoalhaven REaD, Yellow & Black (PTSRYB) is an early learning initiative of Cullunghitti Aboriginal child and family centre in partnership with Shoalhaven Anti-Poverty Committee, Southern Cross Housing and Shoalhaven City Council.
https://www.facebook.com/PaintShoalhavenREaD/

SunSmart NSW
http://www.sunsmartnsw.com.au/

Sustainability

http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/what-we-offer/regulation-and-accreditation/early-childhood-education-care/useful-links-and-resources/sustainability-resources

Speech Pathology Australia
http://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/

Safe Sleeping
http://www.sidsandkids.org/

Shellharbour Kids

http://shellharbourkids.com.au/support-services-listing/family-support-services

Find a range of local support services and information relating to childcare

UNICEF Australia
http://www.unicef.org.au/

Educational Resources & Products

Sticks and Stones Education

http://sticksandstoneseducation.com.au/

Starfish Education Centre

https://starfisheducation.com.au/