Family & Parenting

In our 'Family & Parenting' section you’ll find information and practical advice to assist you with dealing with the daily issues and challenges of being a parent.

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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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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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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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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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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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I'd like to know....

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

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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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