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Community engagement - Gawler & Dist B-12 Chn Ctr

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Community development program

Playgroups

Family services program

Parent engagement group

Gawler babywearers group

Acorn parenting program

The Zentangle Zone - art and craft peer support group

Circle of Security - parenting program

My Time - peer support group

Kitchen table conversations

Women's wellness space

 

Community Development program

Our community development coordinator is here to provide and coordinate services to cater to yours and your family’s needs. You can find more information about our community development program in our community development program flyer (PDF 73KB), or speak to a member of our staff.

Playgroups

Playgroup is an interactive, fun opportunity for children and parents to play and learn together. Playgroups are usually supported by an early childhood professional who will give support, information and advice about children’s health, learning and development.

All playgroups are free to attend.

 

Carmina Kids Play 2 Learn Playgroup

Our Carmina Kids Play 2 Learn program is a weekly supported playgroup for parents and their children aged 0 to 5 years. We focus on strengthening connections between families and communities, improving early childhood development and parenting skills, and encouraging healthy development and mutual support.

The program includes free play, age-appropriate art and craft activities, outdoor play, story time, snack time, and song time.

These sessions are facilitated by the Save the Children early childhood team and our family support worker.

Times: Friday mornings during term time, 9.30am to 11.30am.

What to bring: please bring your child's sun hat and water bottle.

Additional information

A healthy snack will be provided for your child. All parents and carers are welcome.

A free weight and measure space is also available if you would like to use it.

Baby change and breastfeeding facilities are available.

 

Gawler Learning Thru Play Playgroup

This inclusive and supportive playgroup provides an opportunity for children with additional needs to explore and engage in developmentally appropriate activities. Gawler Learning Thru Play playgroup also provides you with a space to connect with other families and link in with local support services.

Times: 9.00am to 10.30am every Monday during term time.

What to bring: please bring your child's sun hat and water bottle.

Additional information

A healthy snack will be provided for your child.

A free weight and measure space is also available if you would like to use it.

Baby change and breastfeeding facilities are available.

 

Nunga Family Time Aboriginal Playgroup

This is a relaxed and supportive playgroup for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) families and their children aged 0 to 5 years. It provides the opportunity for families and children to link with other ATSI families and local services. The playgroup is supported by an ATSI early childhood worker and the CaFHS Cultural Consultant will also visit the group on a regular basis.

Times: 12.00 noon to 1.30pm every Friday during term time.

What to bring: please bring your child's sun hat and water bottle.

Additional information

A healthy lunch will be provided for you and your child.

A free weight and measure space is also available if you would like to use it.

Baby change and breastfeeding facilities are available.

 

Bubs and Me Play 2 Learn Infant Playgroup

This playgroup is for new parents and their children aged up to 12 months. You will have the chance to improve your parenting skills while connecting with the other families who attend. Playgroup sessions aim to improve early childhood development and to provide you with support.

These sessions are facilitated by the Save the Children (Play 2 Learn program) family services coordinator and our early childhood worker.

Times: 1.00pm to 3.00pm every Tuesday during term time.

What to bring: please bring a small rug or blanket and any other items you need for your baby.

Additional information

A free weight and measure space is also available if you would like to use it.

Baby change and breastfeeding facilities are available.

 

Saturday Dads and Kids Playtime

Fathers facilitate these monthly sessions to bring fathers, uncles, grandfathers, and carers together, with their children. Community fatherhood volunteers and our community development coordinator support the sessions.

Times: 9.30am to 11.30am on the first Saturday of each month.

What to bring: please bring your child's sun hat and water bottle.

Additional information

A hot, healthy breakfast and fresh fruit are provided for you and your child.

 

Gawler 2 Plus and Us Playgroup

These sessions are a chance for the parents or carers of multiple birth children to come together with their children to connect and play. This playgroup is supported by a Multiple Birth Association volunteer parent coordinator, our family services coordinator, and our community development coordinator.

Times: 9.00am to 10.30am every Tuesday during term time.

What to bring: please bring your children's sun hats and water bottles.

Additional information

We will provide fruit or a healthy snack for your children.

Family Services program

Our family services coordinator collaborates with other specialists to support you to access the assistance and support you need as your raise your family. You can find more information about our family services program in our family services program flyer (PDF 72KB), or speak to a member of our staff.

Parent engagement group

You are invited to join our parent engagement group (PEG).

The PEG meets regularly with our community development coordinator to provide feedback about the programs and services we offer. They discuss community concerns and needs, and ideas for new activities, programs, and services. The PEG is a friendly and informal group of passionate parents and carers who support our centre through fundraising and community and social events for families and the community.

Times

The PEG meets for a cuppa and a chat from 9.00am to 10.00am every Wednesday during term time.

What to bring

Your ideas, and a friend!

Additional information

You are welcome to bring your child with you to PEG meetings. PEG parents and carers are a sub-group of our governing council and are welcome to attend governing council meetings at any time.

Gawler babywearers group

This is a community-led support group for parents and carers who want to share and discuss different ways of experiencing attachment and engagement with their babies. All families and children are welcome.

Times

10.30am to 12.00 noon on the last Thursday of each month.

Cost

Free.

What to bring

Any wrapping or baby wearing items or resources you would like to share with the group.

Acorn parenting program

Acorn is an intensive supported play and attachment therapy group that provides mothers with mental health difficulties the opportunity to come together and be supported in their relationship with their children aged birth to 3.

This program is facilitated and supported by AnglicareSA's family support services and will help to strengthen your relationship with your child through dance and play. You will also have the opportunity for reflection during parent-only time.

Times

Acorn takes place 14 times throughout the year from 10.00am to 12.00 noon on selected Wednesdays.

Speak to one of our staff members about dates for this year.

Cost

Free.

What to bring

Your child's sun hat, water bottle, and a healthy snack.

Additional information

To attend the Acorn program you must be referred by one of our CaFHS Allied Health staff members.

The Zentangle Zone - art and craft peer support group

This is an informal peer-supported art therapy group for parents and carers, facilitated by our community development coordinator. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn art form that lets you create beautiful images using structured patterns. It increases focus and creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal wellbeing.

The Zentangle Zone can give you valuable 'me time', letting you relax, have fun, and create some beautiful images along the way.

Times

7.00pm to 9.00pm every second Friday on odd weeks during term time.

Cost

If you are able to, please bring a gold coin donation to help with the cost of our art and craft resources.

What to bring

Feel free to bring any art and craft or Zentangle projects and resources.

Circle of Security - parenting program

Facilitated by our family support coordinator, this parenting program runs for 6 weeks during term time and covers:

  • understanding your child’s needs
  • helping your child to organise their feelings and feel secure in their relationships
  • helping your child to engage more in play and learning
  • meeting your child’s emotional needs through tough times (challenging behaviours, tantrums, attention seeking, being clingy)
  • managing your thoughts and feelings.

Times

This program runs on an as needs basis and course times may change each term. Please check our program for this term or talk to us to find out when the next course is running.

Cost

Free.

A free crèche is available during each session of the program.

What to bring

If your child is attending crèche, please bring their sun hat, water bottle, a change of clothes, and any nappy changing items if required.

My Time - peer support group

This weekly peer support group is for parents, grandparents and carers of children up to 16 years of age who have a disability, developmental delay, or chronic health condition. We provide you with some time out to relax and socialise, to share ideas with others in situations similar to yours, and to have some fun. Fun activities include massage, manicures, and craft.

The group is facilitated by our CaFHS early childhood intervention consultant and is run in conjunction with the Women's and Children's Hospital and SA Health.

Times

1.00pm to 3.00pm every Monday during term time.

Cost

This program is funded by the Australian Federal Government and is free to all parents and carers. A free crèche is available for children under 5 years.

What to bring

Please bring your child's sun hat, water bottle and any other items they may require (ie change of clothes, spare nappies).

Kitchen table conversations

This series of reflective parenting workshops is facilitated by our family services coordinator and community development coordinator. Over 7 weeks, you will be able to come together with other parents and carers to have informal and friendly conversations about how you can better connect with your child.

Times

10.30am to 12.30pm on Mondays starting 15 October 2018.

Cost

Free.

Additional information

A free crèche is available during each workshop for children aged up to 4 years. For more information, please read the kitchen table conversations flyer (PDF 153KB).

Women’s wellness space

Facilitated by our family services coordinator and community development coordinator, this weekly group provides you with a safe, informal, and relaxed space where you can connect with other women and share your experiences. Activities include art and craft, journal writing, and emotional wellbeing activities.

Times

12.30pm to 3.00pm on Thursdays.

Cost

Free.

Additional information

For more information, please read the women’s wellness space flyer (PDF 222KB).