Please contact us if you have something to add, share or display at our centres.
We really love it when we receive emails with a thank you for resources families were not aware of, suggested ideas and links to add to our resource page, as it shows that people do read it.
The kids from Different with Dignity Community Center wanted to share a page they found that included some resources for people with disabilities getting into business it is an American site but has some great ideas.....thanks Kids!!
We received an email from Sarah who is part of a wonderful group of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and a few comorbid diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. They came together and are creating a site of original and curated resources to help other like them.
You can find out more information at http://www.caring4ourkids.com
Sarah also recommended some great sites below.
Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents
Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping
Moving with Special Needs Kids
Thanks Cyrus for checking out our site and your extra resources below
Legal Resources for Special Needs
Keeping Disabled Persons Safe While Remodeling
Creating a Home Where Your Disabled Child can Thrive
Teacher Resources for Special Needs
Disability and Credit Scores
Disability Resources from the Department of Labor
Tips for Disabled Persons to Declutter and Organize their Home
Financial Planning for Special Needs
Trouble sleeping??? this group is researching the science behind sleep and review sleep products.
Parent resources and support
Asthma & Allergy - National Asthma Council
Australia National Asthma Council
Australia Pollen calendar
Preventing Thunderstorm Asthma - An Asthma Australia site
Allergies - Better Health Channel
Cobaw Community Health 5421 1666
Campaspe Family Practice 2 Jennings St, Kyneton 5422 2877
Campaspe Consulting Rooms 11 Jennings St, Kyneton 5422 2722
Brooke Street Medical Centre Brookes St, Woodend 5427 1002
Parentline (cost of a local call, open 8am-midnight 7 days a week)13 22 89
Lifeline - crisis support and suicide prevention (24 hours a day 7 days a week) 13 11 14
St Luke's - big range of family support 5424 2000
DirectLine - drug and alcohol support, Department of Health 1800 888 236
Road safety App for young children http://www.kidsafevic.com.au/resources/sesame
Family Drug Help 1300 660 068
Suicide call back service 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
Noahs Ark Early Childhood Intervention Services 5434 4500
Department of Human Services 74-78 Queen Street, Bendigo 5434 5555
Healthly Eating, Food Safety & Sustainability
beyondblue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to increase awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression in Australia and to reduce the associated stigma.
It is a bipartisan initiative of the Federal, State and Territory Governments.
beyondblue works with health services, schools, workplaces, universities, media and community organisations, as well as people living with depression, to bring together their expertise around depression.
For more information, please visit the beyondblue website(link is external).
Child Support Services for Separated Parents
The Department of Human Services can assist separated parents with information, payments and support. This includes providing separated parents with information about the child support choices available. The Department of Humans Services can help by:
- working out a child support assessment for you and the other parent to ensure the child support payments take into account both parents' circumstances, and
- informing you about support products and services which may help you and your family during and after separation.
Early Days provides workshops for mothers and fathers, and other family carers, of children aged six years and under who are on the Autism Spectrum. The workshops provide information about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and about the early intervention services that are available to help.
Early Days workshops also support fathers and mothers, and other family carers, to develop the skills they need to support their child's development every day.
For more information, please visit the Autism Australia website Early Days(link is external) page.
Family Relationships Online
Family Relationships Online provides all families (whether together or separated) with access to information about family relationships, ranging from building better relationships to dispute resolution.
It also allows families to find out about services that can assist them to manage relationship issues, including agreeing on appropriate arrangements for children after parents separate.
For more information, please visit the Family Relationships Online website.
Helping Children with Autism
The Helping Children with Autism package helps address the need for support and services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
The initiatives include support for parents, families, carers and children from diverse cultural, linguistic and Indigenous backgrounds and those living in rural and remote areas.
The Helping Children with Autism package includes:
- Autism advisors
- funding for early intervention services
- PlayConnect Playgroups
- Early Days family workshops
- an ASD website(link is external)
For more information, please visit the Helping Children with Autism website.
Home Interaction Program (HIPPY)
The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment programme, targeting preschool children and their families. The programme allows parents to be their children's first teacher and fosters their involvement in school and community life, to maximise the chances of a successful, early school experience. For some parents, it also offers a supported pathway to employment and local community leadership.
For more information, please visit the HIPPY website(link is external).
Inclusion Support Programme
The Inclusion Support Programme, a component of the Inclusion and Professional Support Programme, consists of the Inclusion Support Agencies and the Inclusion Support Subsidy. The Inclusion Support Programme assists child care services to build their capacity to include children with additional needs and ongoing high support needs in child care.
The target groups for inclusion support are children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, children from a refugee or humanitarian intervention background, Indigenous children and children with ongoing high support needs, including children with disability or children undergoing continuing assessment for disability.
To be eligible for support under the Inclusion Support Programme, a child care service must be approved for Child Care Benefit, or be funded under the Budget Based Funding programme.
For more information, please visit the Department of Education and Training website.
Priority of Access Guidelines
The Priority of Access Guidelines exist to ensure there is a fair child care system. These guidelines only apply to Child Care Benefit approved child care.
There may be situations where there are no vacancies at a child care service you wish to use. Some child care services have waiting lists to help determine the next placement.
The system ensures that, where there are vacancies or a waiting list for child care services, places are allocated to families with the greatest need for child care.
Every Child Care Benefit approved child care service has to abide by the guidelines and tell you about them when you enrol your child into care.
For more information, please visit the Department of Education and Training website.
Kids Helpline is a 24-hour counselling service for young people aged 5-25 years. Counselling is offered by phone, email and over the web.
Counsellors respond to more than 6,000 calls each week about issues ranging from relationship breakdowns and bullying, to sexual abuse, homelessness, suicidal thoughts, and drug and alcohol use.
The service aims to empower young people by assisting them to:
- develop options
- identify and understand the consequences of a particular course of action
- facilitate more productive relationships with family and friends, and
- provide information on local support services.
For more information please visit the Kids Helpline website(link is external).
To access the Kids Helpline please phone 1800 55 1800.
MyTime groups provide facilitated peer support for mums, dads, grandparents and anyone caring for children with disability, developmental delay or a chronic medical condition. Socialise and share ideas and information with others who understand the rewards and intensity of caring for a child with special needs.
For more information, please visit the MyTime website(link is external).
Family support services and crisis contacts
safe steps Family Violence Response Centre - Crisis support line, 24 hours, 7 days 1800 015 188
1800RESPECT National sexual assault, family violence Counselling service 24hrs / 7 days 1800 737 732
After Hours Sexual Assault Crisis Line Crisis counseling for survivors of both recent and past sexual assault 1800 806 292 (5pm weeknights to 9am next day and throughout weekends and public holidays)
Cobaw Community Health Counselling and Housing support to women or men and children living in Macedon Ranges who are experiencing family violence 5421 1666 (business hours) 47 High Street Kyneton 3444
St Luke’s helps with Children, Community Development, Disability Services, Family Support, Financial Counselling, Gamblers Help, Housing, Mental Health, Out of Home Care Respite, Victims of Crime,Young People Address: 1 Victoria St., Kyneton VIC 3444 Phone:(03) 5421 2000
Hospital Kyneton District Health Service 5422 9900
For all emergencies 000
Bug-A-Lugs are proud to support Annie North Women's Refuge 0418 562 083
Keep the children busy & active with sports
Auskick - http://afl.nab.com.au/auskick/
Netball - http://my.netball.com.au/
Little Athletics - http://lavic.com.au/
Basketball - http://www.basketball.net.au/where-can-i-play/victoria/victoria-country/
Soccer - http://www.myfootballclub.com.au/index.php?id=63
Cricket - http://www.playcricket.com.au/
Leisure & aquatic centre programs
Kyneton Toyota Sports & Aquatic Centre - 4 Victoria Street, Kyneton 3444
Gisborne Aquatic Centre - 6 Aitken Street, Gisborne
Macedon Community Centre - Tony Clarke Reserve, Waterfalls Rd, Macedon
Riddells Creek Leisure Centre - Sutherlands Road, Riddells Creek
Romsey Recreation Centre - 12 Park Lane, Romsey
Woodend Buffalo Sports Stadium - 1-29 Forest Street, Woodend
Resources for little people under 5
St. Andrews Uniting Church Hall, Cnr Ebden and Yaldwyn Streets, Kyneton
Macedon Maternal & Child Health Centre, 47 Victoria Street, Macedon
Toy Libraries Australia
Kyneton Baptist Church, Ebden St, Kyneton
Malmsbury Recreation Reserve, Cameron street, Malmsbury
New Gisborne Playgroup
Ross Watt Children’s Hall, 252 Station Road, New Gisborne
98 Main Street, Romsey
45 Forest st,Woodend
Kyneton Community & Learning Centre
Occasional Child Care
For babies through to school age children
Monday through to Thursday 9 am to 12 pm
For 3 to 4 year old children
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
12.45 pm to 3.15 pm
Activities at your local Library
Schools and education
Bolinda Primary School
Clarkefield Primary School
(03) 5482 5121
Darraweit Guim Primary School
Gisborne Montessori School
Gisborne Primary School
Gisborne Secondary College
Kyneton Community & Learning Centre Inc
Kyneton Primary School
Kyneton Secondary College
Macedon CV and Resumes
Macedon Grammar School
Macedon Primary School
Malmsbury Primary School
Newham Primary School
Our Lady of the Rosary Parish School
Riddells Creek Neighbourhood House
Riddells Creek Primary School
Romsey Neighbourhood House
Romsey Primary School
Sacred Heart College
St Ambrose's Parish (Woodend)
St Mary's Primary School
03 5429 1359
St Mary's Primary school Lancefield
(03) 5782 1579
Tylden Primary School
03 5424 8244
Woodend Neighbourhood House Inc
Woodend Primary School
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