New kinder teacher brings ground breaking change

The Abecedarian teaching approach is an evidence based teaching approach that prioritises language development in young children. Learn how we implemented the teaching approach here.

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NDIS Information Sessions - Planning & Beyond....

Join our information session for the most up to date news on NDIS, preparation for your first NDIS plan, the low down on the planning process and what happens next. A number of sessions are taking place across South Eastern Melbourne. Don't miss your chance to ensure you are ready.

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End Violence Against All

Hard work ahead: Windermere's Gippsland Victim Assistance Program team leader Carol Barraclough wants to continue the conversation preventing all violence.

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Young mums, early educators

Striking the right balance between work and family life can be tough, but that was never an issue for a Garfield mother who managed to roll both into one.

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Congratulations Richo!!

BIG Congratulations to Windermere Ambassador, Tiger champion and all round nice bloke - Matthew 'Richo' Richardson, on being inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame last night.

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Family Day Care Information Session

Are you passionate about early childhood education and looking for a flexible job working from home? Then look no further.

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Teeing off for a good cause

It was a crisp start to the day, but that didn’t deter the 70 odd golfers who teed off at Victoria Golf Club on 3rd May in the annual Windermere Classic.

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There’s no place like home

On the 8th June, over 30 of Windermere’s most valued supporters gathered to celebrate the launch of our new Mums & Bubs House. Windermere’s Mums & Bubs program has been in existence since 2011, but due to overwhelming demand there are growing numbers of young mothers still needing our help

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Having a ball at the MCG

Our annual Bounce of the Ball kicked off once again at the home of football and was everything we could have hoped for – informed updates from some AFL legends, including valuable insights from guest speaker Paul Roos, a handball competition and a chance to get up close with the 2017 Premiership Cup...

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Kinder Information Session

Located at our Early Learning Centre in Frankston, our sessional Kindergarten offers your 3 or 4 year old child a structured learning program run in the convenient long day care setting. If your child will be ready for Kinder in 2018, find out how they will thrive in our Kindergarten program - for more information book into our upcoming info night.

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Are you NDIS ready? We Are!

For John and Sara Palmer raising their daughter Cara has been a challenging journey filled with much joy and anguish. You see Cara has cerebral palsy, autism, is vision impaired, has low muscle tone, is epileptic and displays severe behavioural issues. Read their story here.

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Beating Holiday Stress

The festive season is meant to be a time of joy, but for many it can be a time of stress, anxiety, disappointment and loneliness. Things don't always go to plan, so here are some steps you can take to help manage stress and anxiety during the holidays.

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Educator Kerry says goodbye

Life is about to get a little quieter at Kerry Dorling's Bunyip home. Having found the time to care for her own family, plus more than 150 children for other families through her 29 year career, retirement was a tough call for Windermere Family Day Care educator Kerry.

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Help Cally & Makrem this Christmas

The festive season is well and truly upon us and for most of us it's a precious and happy time spent with family and friends, but for some it can be a difficult and lonely time. Circumstances can mean families, like Cally's and Makrem's, find themselves needing the most basic of items - food, money to pay bills and gifts for children.

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Keeping more kids on track

Delving into topics including drug and alcohol awareness, cyber bullying and safety, anger management and anxiety and depression: this year alone Windermere's 8 week Kids on Track program has reached over 120 grade 5 and 6 students, giving them the skills to make better informed life choices.

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Flipping Family Violence on its head

Two women are killed every week as a result of family violence - across our work with families, schools and community groups we strive to drive this number down. Our Building Respectful Relationships schools program creates and builds positive perspectives and behaviours in students around gender. This year alone we have reached over 170 year 9 students at Cranbourne Secondary College.

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NDIS and your feedback

What is the NDIS? NDIS is a generational reform that focuses on a person centred system of support. The scheme will aim to provide a person with a permanent or significant disability access to reasonable and necessary supports to achieve their goals and participate in social and economic life.

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Kokoda 2018

In 1942, the Kokoda Track area was the scene for bitter fighting as the Australian Army fought to defend Port Moresby from advancing Japanese forces. Today, our fight is a different one and our battlefield much closer - in our neighborhood, in our street and in the homes of people we know and love. Today, we fight to end family violence. Join us in October 2018 as we tackle one of the world’s great treks - The Kokoda Track.

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A Conversation with Rosie Batty

On Monday 29th August at the Toomah Community Centre in Pakenham, Windermere hosted A Conversation with Rosie Batty an event designed to bring together politicians, family violence professionals and the community to discuss strategies to help reduce family violence.

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Chipping for Charity - Windermere Classic 2016

Early on a clear Wednesday morning in April, more than 70 golfers teed off at the Victoria Golf Club in support of Windermere. Peppered with luxury cars courtesy of platinum sponsor Zagame Automotive, the course never looked better.

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Bounce of the Ball 2016

And the ball bounced in our favour again!

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Inclusive Practice

Each industry has its own buzz words, phrases, and acronyms and as an Educator it’s easy to use these when communicating with a parent. However, it’s vitally important that parents and carers both understand what inclusive practice is and what it means for their child.

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Reflective Practice

As Educators we all work really hard to make sure the children in our care are getting quality experiences. But how do we know we are getting it right? This is where reflective practice and ongoing learning come into play.

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Harmony Day 2016

'The beauty of this program, which engages students in a range of activities, is its simplicity. By coming together, they drop any preconceived ideas they may have held and realise​ just how much they have in common.'

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DIY Autism Starter Kit

To help determine the best way to meet the needs of people with ASD, Windermere has developed a ASD kit to help case workers and carers.

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Celebrating Cranbourne - Communities for Children

Cranbourne is a vibrant, culturally diverse, growing community welcoming new families every week who can access support for their family’s well-being. With wide reaching community consultation, Windermere and its Community Partners have designed and run programs in Cranbourne for areas that have been identified as needing support.

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Living with Autism - Dexter's Story

“I thought if I ever left Dexter with anyone other than myself, his father or his grandmother, I feared he wouldn’t survive”.

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Education and Suicide Prevention

In 2011, when our community was at crisis point with a spate of youth suicides, we created a suicide prevention program that could be implemented in schools quickly. The program trained participants to recognise when someone was at risk of suicide and gave them the skills to intervene appropriately.

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Windermere's Gippsland Victim Assistance Program

"For the community, I think it's terribly important to understand what violence within a family setting is, what it means and what it involves." Read the full interview with Carol Barraclough, Team Leader of Gippsland Victims Assistance Program here http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/…/end-violence-aga…/…

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ASIST in Suicide Prevention

In 2011, when our community was at crisis point with a spate of youth suicides, we created a suicide prevention program that could be implemented in schools quickly. The program trained participants to recognise when someone was at risk of suicide and gave them the skills to intervene appropriately.

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Do you or someone you care for need support to live independently in the community?

As we move towards the NDIS, our Disability Team recently reviewed existing Individualised Fee for Service (IFS) programs and incorporated a number of options under the banner Supporting Lifestyles. This is a program to assist you in living at home and being involved in your local community.

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Meet Rory - our new Counsellor!

Meet Rory, Windermere's newest counsellor!

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Molift Raiser gives Peter and Daphnie hope

At 46 Vivian still lives at home with his parents Peter and Daphnie. That’s because Vivan has cerebral palsy. He is unable to perform everyday tasks, not even being able to stand and sit without their help. Peter and Daphnie have always cared for Vivian and wouldn’t dream of having it any other way however the years of 24/7 care have taken their toll.

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How will the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) affect me and Windermere?

For consumers who currently participate in State or Federal programs, it’s important to understand that those programs will continue until you start your NDIS plan. Until that time it's important to understand how Windermere will respond and how that affects you.

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Co-Location Supports Victims of Crime

We have played an active role in the Victims Assistance Program since 1999 and our experience has shown that a flexible and responsible service as soon as possible after a crime is reported is critical to a victim’s wellbeing.

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What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

What is the NDIS? NDIS is a generational reform that focuses on a person centred system of support. The scheme will aim to provide a person with a permanent or significant disability access to reasonable and necessary supports to achieve their goals and participate in social and economic life.

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I'd like to know....

I think my 18 month child has a speech delay problem, how can I tell?

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Integrating a special needs child successfully into long day care

Eve was a premature baby and had a lot of health issues including trouble feeding resulting in delayed growth. This meant having a peg fitted into Eve's tummy to ensure she received the correct amount of nutrients and kilojoules everyday which was closely monitored by a dietician. When we first met Eve and her family, they where using a long day care service however, their GP referred them to Windermere.

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Windermere says NO to Family Violence

Windermere staff joined the recent ‘Say NO to Family Violence’ campaign. November was family Violence Prevention month, a time for reflection by all. Early prevention and intervention is key and we all have a responsibility to raise awareness of the impact family violence has on so many in our local community.

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A Place to Call Home (From uncertainty to stability)

Growing up was long hard struggle for Jessica, who describes her mother as being verbally abusive towards her. An already troubled relationship with her parents became even more strained when mum and dad separated; leading Jessica to pack her bags and left home at 18.

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It Takes A Community

‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is an old African proverb which basically means that raising a child is a community effort. In a broader sense it also means that every individual and group outside the family structure, such as an Early Learning Centre or Family Day Care, has an impact on a child’s wellbeing.

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Windermere makes a splash for MND

On 1 September, the Disability Services Team took up the global ice bucket challenge to raise money and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease, a degenerative neurological condition that impacts all the motor nerves in the body, usually leading to death within three years of diagnosis. It's a cause close to our heart - our disability services team often works with clients with the incurable disease and see first hand the impact it has on victims and their families.

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Thinking about returning to work?

The decision to return to work after the arrival of a new family member is often a difficult one, usually motivated by a need for money, enjoying your work or for interaction with other adults. Usually it's a combination of these factors.

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Building Respectful Relationships

We are thrilled to say that our new Initiative Building Respectful Relationships has been a great success. Over 100 Year 8 students from Cranbourne Secondary College, underwent the program facilitated by two members of our Counselling team with specialist knowledge of family violence, relationships, sexual assault and gender-based violence.

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