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Child Care Access Hotline

The Australian Government Child Care Access Hotline is a free telephone service to help you find a child care service that meets your needs. Hotline information includes:

Types of care
The location of child care services
Possible vacancies and fees where provided
How to choose a quality service
How the Australian Government helps with the cost of child care

You can access this service via Freecall 1800 670 305 between 8.00am - 9.00pm Monday to Friday

Child Care Benefit & Child Care Rebate

For more information on how to claim child care benefit and rebates visit your nearest Family Assistance Office located in Medicare Offices, Centrelink Customer Service Centres and Tax Office shop fronts. The Family Assistance Office website and phone number is also listed below:

Phone: 13 61 50
www.familyassist.gov.au

Family Day Care

Ballina / Byron Family Day Care
75 Tamar Street
Ballina NSW 2478

Family day care is a unique, home-based childcare service providing quality care for children in the homes of family day care carers, supported by a local specialist coordination and resource team.

Family day care provides learning and development in a safe, secure and stimulating home environment for babies and children up to 12 years of age.

Phone:02 6686 7799
Fax:02 6686 4093
Email:fdcballinabyron@bigpond.com

Disability services

Byron Shire Early Intervention Service

49 Bottlebrush Crescent
Suffolk Park  NSW  2481

Byron Shire Early Intervention Service provides physical therapy and specialist teaching services to children from birth to school entry age that have a significant delay or disability in areas of development.

The service aims to assist each child through movement, language, learning and play in order to develop their skills and reach their full potential, and to support families to achieve their desired goals.

It also encourages the community to value the inclusion of children with additional needs and their families, therefore supporting each child to be included with peers in local community activities.

Phone: 02 6685 3023
Fax: 6685 3024
Email: byronei@westnet.com.au
Postal: PO Box 202, Suffolk Park 2481

Richmond Tweed Inclusion Support Agency

Ballina District Community Services Association
PO Box 623
Ballina NSW 2478

Provides planning support and resources to child care staff in Commonwealth funded children's services to facilitate access and inclusion of children with special needs. The service is for children with a disability, with challenging behaviours, from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Manager, Disability Services
Ballina District Community Services Association

Phone: 1300 872 281
Fax: 6686 8693

Links

Australian Association for Families of Children with a Disability – A non-profit community organization run by families, for all families who have a child with any type of disability.

Disability and Aged Information Services Inc - DAISI provides free information on services and supports available to assist people with disabilities, aged people and their families, carers and advocates. 

Healthy Start - An Australian wide strategy to support parents with learning difficulties, and promote a healthy start to life for their young children.

NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care - Funds programs and services that provide people with a disability opportunities to participate in community life.

Physical as Anything - For teachers, principals, healthcare professionals, students and families to support the successful inclusion of children with a disability at school.

Child and family health services

North Coast Area Health Service
Hunter Street
Lismore

Locked Mail Bag 11
Lismore NSW 2480

Providing health services across the north coast region, including child and family health, early childhood nursing, adolescent drug and alcohol and mental health, available from Byron Bay and Mullumbimby community health centres

02 6620 2100
1800 108 078
02 6621 7088

Relationships

Family Relationships Online
 
National

Helping Families Build Better Relationships.

 
Relationships Australia
 
National

Relationships Australia is one of Australia’s largest community-based, not-for-profit organisations providing relationship support to people regardless of age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle choice, or cultural or economic background. It is a national, values-based organisation that has no religious affiliation.

 

Parenting websites

Australian Breastfeeding Association
 

The association provides advocacy and advice, 24 hour help support and Mothers Direct home shopping service.

Australian Childhood Foundation - Kidscount
 

Kidscount is a website for parents that is all about childhood. It has information that can help you to raise happy and confident children.

Australian Dental Association
 

The ADA is an organisation of dentists which has as its aim the encouragement of the health of the public and the promotion of the art and science of dentistry.

Australian Multiple Birth Association
 

The AMBA is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation that provides support, resources and education to families and/or carers with multiple births.

Beyond Blue
 

Beyond Blue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and associated substance misuse orders in Australia.

Black Dog Institute
 

The Black Dog Institue is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder.

Child and Youth Health
 

All you need to know about pregnancy, parenting and child health, kids health, teen health and young adults health.

Children’s Hospital Westmead - Parent Fact Sheets
 

Hundreds of fact sheets for parents on kids health including allergies, obesity, procedures and tests, safety, sleep, common illnesses and many more.

Cybersmart - Kids on Line
 

This site will help you and your family to find out how to be cybersmart and use the internet safely. It's a young persons guide to smart 'net surfing, chatting and emailing.

Dieticians Association of Australia
 

Practical up-to-date information and nutrition advice to help you eat better and be healthier.

Fatherhood Project
 

The Fatherhood Project is a not-for-profit independent organisation dedicated to valuing the experience of fatherhood and building positive community, through enriching the lives of children, fathers and their families.

Grieflink
 

An information resource on death-related grief for the community and professionals.

Home Birth Australia
 

The peak homebirth body, supporting the rights of parents to choose how, where and with whom they give birth.

Kidsafe NSW
 

On this website you will find information about current news and events, fact sheets, resources and program information to keep children safe.

KidsLife
 

Empowering parents to help children reach their full potential by providing information on parenting, education, development and family matters.

NSW Commission for Children and Young People
 

The Commission is an independent organisation working with others to make NSW a better place for children and young people. They administer the Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998.

NSW Government Family & Community Services - Parenting Website
 

This website provides information about caring for babies and toddlers as well as general parenting tips and advice, and information sheets for fathers. There are also many free support and counselling numbers and a school holiday parent kit.

Raising Children Network
 

The Australian Parenting Website

SIDS and Kids
 

SIDS and Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood, and to supporting bereaved families. Their vision is delivered through world class research, evidence based education and bereavement support; and advocacy.

 

Playgroups

Playgroups are informal sessions where parents, carers, babies and children aged birth to school age meet up in a relaxed and friendly environment. They are not-for-profit and run by parents for the parents who attend, and are usually held once a week for a two hour session.

Playgroups give children an opportunity to have fun, make new friends and develop new skills through informal play, while providing parents and carers with an opportunity to meet, make friends and share ideas and experiences.

Further information on playgroups operating in Byron Shire can be found on the Playgroup Australia website:

www.playgroupaustralia.com.au 

Toy Library

The Toy Library operates on Mondays and Thursdays between 10.00am and 1.00pm at the Suffolk Park Integrated Childrens Centre, 3 Coogera Circuit, Suffolk Park. Phone 6685 3311.

Preschools

Children's early learning influences their entire life. Preschools provide opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine. NSW preschools generally provide early education and care for children aged between three and six years. They are almost always community based, managed and owned, which means any profits are re-invested in the service. Most services operate from 9am - 3pm Monday to Friday and close during school holidays.

To find a preschool in Byron Shire go the Preschools NSW website:

www.preschoolsnsw.org.au