For Children 

We want children to grow up safe and well. Our services are designed to support you, as parents, carers or guardians, to help your children be the best they can be.

Services For Children

Communities for Children

A range of programs and initiatives to support the wellbeing and development of families in Cranbourne.

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Early Childhood Intervention

Support for young children with developmental delays or disabilities.

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Financial Intermediary

Helping you manage your support funds to ensure you get the maximum benefit easily.

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Contract Case Management

Helping people with disability, mental health issues, age or illness and injury to build resilience and independence.

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Facilitation and Planning

Personalised assistance with planning and accessing appropriate services.

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Continence Support Scheme

Continence assessment and support in purchasing continence products for children.

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Behaviour Management

A program to improve understanding of emerging behaviours and how to reduce them.

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Kids on Track

A schools program to help children understand anti-social behaviour and make better choices.

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Building Harmony

Bringing students of diverse faiths together to work on embracing cultural diversity.

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Placement Prevention Counselling

Support for children and young people at risk of harm or permanent out of home placement.

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Counselling

Confidential support to help families and individuals manage trauma or difficulties that have arisen following sexual assault or family violence.

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Family Services

Support for families facing issues that are affecting the growth and development of their children and family as a whole.

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Engaging Families

Helping families experiencing family violence plus substance abuse or mental health issues to re-establish themselves and function as a family unit again.

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Building Respectful Relationships

Teaching children to build positive perspectives and behaviours around gender.

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Dry Nites Incontinence Program

Support for young children with developmental delays or disabilities.

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Psychology

Our psychologists provide a space for you to think about your child’s emotional and psychological needs. Standardised assessments provide support for you and your child to address the challenges you face.

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Speech & Language Therapy

Our Speech Pathologist’s provide support to help increase your child’s communication and active participation in social and educational settings. This may include providing support and advice with speaking, listening, understanding language, fluency and social skills.

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Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with you, your child and your family to help your child with the skills they need to build independence in their day to day activities. We provide advice that meets your goals in a fun and practical way.

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Physiotherapy

Our Physiotherapists work with you, your child and your family to help them with their gross motor, physical or movement skills.

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Support Coordination

Helping people with disability, mental health issues, age or illness and injury to build resilience and independence.

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Carer & Parent Training

Whether you are an experienced carer or new to the role, everyone can benefit from learning more about being a good carer. As a parent, family member, or friend - being the primary carer can at times be challenging and it is okay if you need additional support.

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Group Programs For Children

123 Magic Parenting

What: 3 week program to assist parents manage difficult behaviour in children

Who: Parents with children 2-12yrs

Where: Narre Warren and Pakenham

A 3 week program to assist parents to manage difficult behaviour in their children by incorporating the use of 1-2-3 Magic techniques. Increase your knowledge about what works in managing difficult behaviour and get better results with less effort and stress.

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Fairhaven Supported Playgroup

What: Supported playgroup for children and their families

Who: Families living in Cranbourne with children up to 5yrs

Where: Cranbourne West

A supported playgroup for children and parents to have fun together with live music, singing, dancing, instrument play, morning tea and culturally diverse events.

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School Skills Workshops

What: Practical, enjoyable activities to prepare your child for school

Who: Children (and their parents) planning to start school in 2017

Where: Berwick

Through this program your child will be exposed to a range of activities relating to early numeracy, literacy, communication and motor skills to help them build confidence, develop positive attitudes towards school and provide you with simple, fun ideas for skill development at home.

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Feeling is Thinking

What: An 8 week program about expressing emotions and building relationships

Who: Children between 8 - 11yrs

Where: Hampton Park

A safe environment to provide primary school-aged children with the opportunity and skills to manage their feelings appropriately and establish and maintain positive relationships.

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Deal With It

What: A 60 minute presentation looking at strategies to deal with emotions

Who: Secondary school students

Where: As arranged by schools

A 60 minute presentation for secondary school students looking at strategies to deal with emotions.

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Little Rays Supported Playgroup

What: A supported playgroup for children with family interaction

Who: Children aged 0-6 years living in Cardinia, who are eligible for Early Intervention services

Where: Berwick

We provide a developmentally enriched environment for children to play and learn. Activities are designed specifically to accommodate all abilities in a welcoming and supportive environment and Little Rays is a wonderful opportunity to have some play time with your child and chat with other parents.

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ADHD Support Group

What: Share your experiences and find support from other parents who truly understand the struggles of having a child with ADHD

Who: Parents of children living with ADHD currently living, working or schooling within Cranbourne

Where: Cranbourne

Having a child with ADHD can be challenging, exhausting and emotional. Parents face issues on a daily basis regarding this hidden disability. Our support group provides you with the opportunity to share your experiences, stories and knowledge and be supported by other parents who truly understand the struggles of life that families and their children go through every day.

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Balee Koolin Bubup Bush Playgroup

What: Supported playgroup for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families

Who: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children up to 5yrs living in Cranbourne , with their carers and families

Where: Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens

Set within a culturally safe and meaningful early years learning environment where Indigenous Elders, artists and cultural educators come along to share traditional cultural knowledge, stories and language with families in the bush playgroup.

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Boys on the Bounce

What: A 10 week program that strengthens cultural, community and educational engagement

Who: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys in Grades 5 & 6 at Cranbourne primary schools

Where: Cranbourne

A 10 week program that strengthens Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys’ engagement with their culture, community and education.

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Need an interpreter?

If you require an interpreter, we can arrange for one to be provided.

Testimonial

My (Windermere) counsellor has been one of the most important supports I have had throughout this whole process. She is amazing. I now see things from a completely different perspective.

I am on the lookout now too - next time I am in a relationship, I will be able to recognise the signs of domestic violence and I won’t let myself get stuck in that sort of position again.”

Witness, Royal Commission into Family Violence - Melbourne 

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