Programmed Thank You

Early Connections – Coffs Coast would like to thank the team at Programmed Coffs Harbour for the generous donation of HP laptops. Continue Reading Programmed Thank You

Early Connections – Coffs Coast would like to thank the team at Programmed for the generous donation of HP laptops.

These laptops will enable our team to be more mobile and flexible in the supports we can provide to our children and families.

Speech Pathology Week 2017

During Speech Pathology Week, from 20-26 August, Early Connections encourages parents to think about their children’s communication. Continue Reading Speech Pathology Week 2017

Seeking support early for children with communication disabilities is life changing

Early Connections Alliance encourage parents to seek support early if there are warning signs of learning delays and difficulties.

During Speech Pathology Week, from 20-26 August, the Alliance encourages parents to think about their children’s communication and if they are concerned they can call for advice about Early Childhood Intervention, the NDIS and supports currently available.

The Alliance supports Speech Pathology Australia’s call for greater action to ensure communication accessibility for all.

“Developmental language disorder affects between five and eight per cent of children Australia-wide. But with the right intervention everyone can participate fully and be included in the community,” said Caryn Maher, Manager, Early Connections Coffs Coast.

“Early Childhood Intervention is key to help children with communication disabilities. Like mobility or wheelchair access, communication access enables people with communication disorders to get their message across by removing barriers to communication or providing extra strategies,” added Caryn.

What is communication accessibility?

“Communication accessibility can be as easy as rephrasing your question in simple language, using pictures, writing, gestures or symbols to help get across your message.

“For businesses, it might mean including plain English signage with symbols and pictures as well as words; or training staff so they are able to communicate successfully with a person with a communication difficulty.”

Early Connections Alliance is a network of five registered not for profits working together to create a strong and connected Early Childhood Intervention Network on the Mid North Coast.

“Our communities need to be accessible for everyone, including people with communication difficulties, physical disabilities, reading difficulties, vision impairment, hearing impairment and intellectual disability,” added Caryn.

Building communication accessibility will ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Contact us to find out more. 

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Thank You

A big thank you to our community for supporting our sausage sizzle at Bunnings this past Saturday. We raised over $2,000!! Continue Reading Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Thank You

A big thank you to our community for supporting our sausage sizzle at Bunnings this past Saturday.

And a huge thank you to our local ANZ branch who volunteered their time to cook & serve and for generously supplying the sausages, bread, drinks and everything else that was needed on the day.

Our sausage sizzle was a fantastic success raising over $2,000!!

Join Us for MyTime during Term 2

Our MyTime Group welcomes parents and carers. Join Us For MyTime for Term 2 every Friday starting May 5. Continue Reading Join Us for MyTime during Term 2

Join Us For MyTime for Term 2 every Friday starting May 5.

Click Here to view this Term’s calendar.

Our MyTime group provides support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child with a disability or chronic medical condition.

Parents can socialise and share ideas with others who understand the rewards and intensity of the caring role.

Our MyTime Group welcomes parents and carers – including mums, dads, grandparents and the principal carer – who are eligible for the Carer Allowance (Child) for a child with a disability or chronic medical condition.

Parents and carers can:

•  meet others in similar circumstances
•  have fun, hear from others and share experiences
•  find out about available community support
•  get extra parenting information and skills development
•  make time for themselves while children play, supported by a play helper.

Depending on what the group wants to do, our facilitator will guide group activities or provide resources.

About Us Whiteboard Animation

View our latest Whiteboard Animation on the quality Early Childhood Intervention Programs and Services we provide at Early Connections. Continue Reading About Us Whiteboard Animation

Take a peek at our latest Whiteboard Animation.

 

Early Connections – About Us

Posted by Early Connections – Coffs Coast on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

 

The Early Connections Alliance is a collaborative network of five not for profit community based organisations on the Mid-North Coast servicing the Coffs Coast to Manning & Great Lakes. For the past 25 years or more, all 5 organisations have built a dedicated team of professionals delivering quality Early Childhood Intervention Programs in each local area.

Our alliance aims to support the development of a strong and connected Early Childhood Intervention Network and continue to provide quality supports to children and families.

We provide education and therapy to support families with a child birth to 8 years of age. To ensure the best outcomes for families and children each service adopts a family centered approach to:

  • Work together to create a team around your child.
  • Create inclusive communities.
  • Strengthen your child’s ability to thrive.

To learn more, call us today on (02) 6652 8080.

NDIS Information Evening Session

Early Connections – Coffs Coast will be hosting an NDIS information evening session on Monday, 1 May 2017 from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm. Continue Reading NDIS Information Evening Session

If you missed our last one, Early Connections – Coffs Coast will be hosting an NDIS information evening session on Monday, 1 May 2017 from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm for all families currently accessing our program and supports.

Join us as we discuss what the NDIS means for you, how you can prepare and how you can get the most out it.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Click Here to download your Information Flyer.

Amart Community Kickbacks Sports

Did you know our organisation has been selected to participate in the Amart Community Kickbacks Sports as in-store credit to spend on our programs! Continue Reading Amart Community Kickbacks Sports

Did you know our organisation has been selected to participate in the Amart Community Kickbacks Sports as in-store credit to spend on our programs!

All you need to do is join Team Amart, select Early Connections – Coffs Coast from the list of participating groups and swipe your loyalty card every time you make a purchase at Amart Sports.

You’ll receive access to great member prices and other benefits and Early Connections – Coffs Coast will receive a 5% credit from everything you spend.

Administration Officer – 14 hours per week

Applications have now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied for this position. Continue Reading Administration Officer – 14 hours per week

UPDATED: 21 April 2017 – Applications have now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied for this position. We will be contacting applicants of interest for an interview before the end of next week.

A vacancy exists for an Administration Officer with high level administration skills to work effectively as a member of the Early Connections – Coffs Coast team.

This diverse position is ideal for someone seeking part-time work for 14 hours per week (Thursday & Friday).

The successful applicant will commence employment early May 2017.

Applications must address the selection criteria. To obtain an information package regarding this position please email: admin@earlyconnections-coffscoast.org.au.

Closing date for applications: 5.00pm Friday, 21 April 2017

Special Needs Support Group Inc. trades as Early Connections – Coffs Coast. Special Needs Support Group Inc. is an EEO employer.

A National Police Check and a Working with Children Check is a mandatory component of the employment process.

Special Needs Support Group trading as Early Connections – Coffs Coast is an Equal Opportunity employer and encourages people from all cultural backgrounds to apply for positions advertised.

It is an offence under the NSW Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998 for a person convicted of a serious sex offence to apply for this position.

ECIA NDIS Parent Survey

You can take part in this survey if you live in NSW and are the parent or family member of a child receiving early intervention services. Continue Reading ECIA NDIS Parent Survey

Researchers at UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales) are looking for parents or family members to take part in an NDIS Parent Survey about the transition of early childhood intervention services to the NDIS. The survey is part of research being done for Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT.

You can take part in the survey if you live in NSW and are the parent or family member of a child receiving early intervention services.

If you decide to take part, please Click Here to complete the survey.

The survey and the research it is part of, aims to help children and families who are using early childhood intervention services through the NDIS – by taking part in the survey, you are helping us with this aim.

ECIA NSW/ACT would like to thank you in advance for playing an important role in this research.

Annual Easter Raffle

The Easter Bunny has made an early visit to Early Connections and our Easter Raffle is back with great prizes to be won. Continue Reading Annual Easter Raffle

The Easter Bunny has made an early visit to Early Connections and our Easter Raffle is back with great prizes to be won.

Perfect for Easter gifts or just to treat yourself!

Tickets are now available from Early Connections, 13 Kane Crescent and at our stall at the Bellingen Markets on 15 April 2017.