Services for families and children

Rockingham Early Years Services 

We are dedicated to providing the community with information related to the early years (ages 0-8).

The City's Library Services also offer storytime, Better Beginnings and other programs that support early skills development.

Below is an outline of some of the services that you may be interested in accessing.

    Storytime at the library                                       

Available services

Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a population-based measure of how children have developed by the time they start school. It looks at five areas of early childhood development:

  • physical health and wellbeing
  • social competence
  • emotional maturity
  • language and cognitive skills and
  • communication skills and general knowledge.

Teachers of children in their first year of formal schooling complete the checklist on each child after they have had a chance to observe their development. Communities can use the results from the AEDC to understand where children may be developmentally vulnerable and provide early years services to support children before they start school.

For more information and results of the AEDC, including results for the Rockingham area, you can visit the AEDC website.

Rockingham Early Years Group

The Rockingham Early Years Group (REYG) aims to become the leading advocate for children and families in the Rockingham region, recognised for connecting the early years community through a partnership building approach, shared expertise and the delivery of programs and resources.

The REYG meets every six weeks. If you would like to join the meetings, please email rockingham.earlyyears@gmail.com for membership information.

KEYS and Ngala

Kwinana Early Years Services (KEYS) is a not-for-profit charity that provides early years support and services free to Kwinana and Rockingham residents including counselling, family support, play connect and best beginnings.

Ngala is a provider of early parenting and early childhood services with a passion for supporting and guiding families and young children through the journey of parenting. Ngala offer parenting workshops and playtimes in Rockingham.

Raising Children Network

The Raising Children Network website offers up-to-date research-based material on more than 800 topics spanning child development, behaviours, health, nutrition, fitness, sleep safety and more.

Key offerings include:

  • accessible, credible parenting information
  • opportunities to connect through a national network of support and services
  • a wide range of innovative features
  • reliable, scientifically validated content.
Communicare and Wanslea

Communicare aims to create community inclusion and community safety. Communicare provides the following services:

  • children's services
  • family services
  • settlement services
  • education and training services
  • employment services
  • family violence and justice services.

Wanslea promotes community, family, and individual development through partnerships and services. Families and children are the focus of the entire organisation, which has now grown to offer services in four key areas:

  • family support
  • out-of-home care
  • community capacity building
  • child care.
Mothers of Pre-schoolers

Mothers of Pre-schoolers (MOPS) groups operate in your area. MOPS meetings provide an opportunity for women from all backgrounds to meet together and enjoy time to themselves while their children are cared for in the MOPPETS program. For more information, please visit the MOPS website to contact your local MOPS coordinator.

Better Health Program

The free Better Health Program is a fun and interactive 10-week healthy lifestyle program for children aged 7-13 years who are above a healthy weight, and their families.

The program covers information about healthy eating and includes an hour of physical activity at every session. Sessions run twice a week, for two hours.

Children build confidence, boost self-esteem and get fit playing fun games, while parents learn new skills to ensure their children are fit and healthy, in a supportive and friendly environment.
 
Programs run every school term at the Mike Barnett Sports Complex in Rockingham and many other locations. For more information, call 1300 822 953 or text 0409 745 645.

FIFO Families and Defence Community Organisation

If you are part of a FIFO family in Rockingham and would like some support, be connected to services, and be able to network with other FIFO families, please contact FIFO Families Rockingham via email on rockingham@fifofamilies.com.au.

Defence Community Organisation offers a broad range of programs and services to help Defence families make the most of the challenges and opportunities provided by the military way of life.

Family centres

Family and community centres provide activities for young children, including playgroups and parenting courses. Please contact a centre in your area for more information:

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