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.

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!!

MyTime for Term 3

Our MyTime Group welcomes parents and carers. Join us for MyTime for Term 3 every Friday starting 28 July 2017. Continue Reading MyTime for Term 3

Join us for MyTime for Term 3 every Friday starting 28 July 2017.

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.

Thank You Coffs Quilters & Needlecraft

A very big thank you to Coffs Quilters & Needlecraft for their generous donation to our local Early Intervention Service supporting young children with disabilities. Continue Reading Thank You Coffs Quilters & Needlecraft

A very big thank you to Coffs Quilters & Needlecraft for their generous donation to our local Early Intervention Service supporting young children with disabilities.

There is always a shortfall in the money we receive in government grants and the real cost of running a service. Support from groups on the Coffs Coast such as this make a difference in the services we are able to offer local families.

We can’t thank our local community enough for their wonderful support of Early Connections – Coffs Coast.

Bunnings Fundraising Sausage Sizzle

We have been lucky enough to hold a fundraising sausage sizzle at Bunnings Warehouse Coffs Harbour on 12 August 2017. Continue Reading Bunnings Fundraising Sausage Sizzle

We have been lucky enough to hold a fundraising sausage sizzle at Bunnings Warehouse Coffs Harbour on 12 August 2017.

We’d love a few more volunteers to join us in sizzling it up on the day.

If you can cook, assemble or serve we really need your help.

Your time will help raise valuable funds for our programs.

If you can spare a few hours, please call us on 02 6652 8080.

Positive Parenting Program Live Webinars

From mealtime tantrums to super market meltdowns, Stepping Stones Triple P helps parents sort through the big and small issues of family life- and raise happy and confident children. Continue Reading Positive Parenting Program Live Webinars

Stepping Stones is part of the world acclaimed Triple P – Positive Parenting Program that gives parents skills to manage misbehaviour and prevent problems from happening in the first place.

From mealtime tantrums to super market meltdowns, Stepping Stones Triple P helps parents sort through the big and small issues of family life- and raise happy and confident children.

We are excited that Triple P are offering a live general WEBINAR to all parents who have registered or expressed interest to attend the program but have not been able to reach any of the face to face sessions.

Webinar Details

10am-11am Thursday 6 July 2017 – LIVE ONLINE WEBINAR

Seminar 1: Positive Parenting for Children with a Disability

11am-12.30pm Thursday 6 July 2017 – LIVE ONLINE WEBINAR

Seminar 2: Helping Your Child Reach Their Potential

10am-11.30am Thursday 13 July 2017 – LIVE ONLINE WEBINAR

Seminar 3: Changing Problem Behaviour into Positive Behaviour

Parents can follow this link to take you to the registration page.

My NDIS – Janalia’s Story

Alunya admits before her daughters NDIS plan was approved she was in a panic. But she says parents shouldn’t be concerned. Continue Reading My NDIS – Janalia’s Story

National Disability Insurance Scheme brings more support for children with disabilities

Six year old, Janalia has Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy and before the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) she received Better Start funding.

“The Better Start funding meant Janalia had access to the wonderful therapists at Early Connections on a monthly basis,” said Janalia’s mum Alunya Wilkinson.

Alunya admits before her daughters NDIS plan was approved she was in a panic. But she says parents shouldn’t be concerned.

“Janalia is now getting more support than ever and she is becoming so much more independent all because of the NDIS,” said Alunya.

Early Connections Alliance offers Early Childhood Intervention for children aged 0 – 12 with developmental delay or disabilities. We currently support families through the process of transitioning to the NDIS.

“My mind is definitely more at ease, thanks to Early Connections and the NDIS everyday living is easier,” said Alunya.

The Manning and Great Lakes team have successfully transitioned most of their families, including Janalia, to the NDIS.

The scheme became available in Manning and Great Lakes 12 months ago and from July 2017 is rolling out across the Mid North Coast from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour.

Setting goals and creating your NDIS plan

Alunya met with her Early Connections Key Worker to map out 6-12 months of goals for Janalia.

“That was the hardest part really, prioritising goals and ultimately how you could achieve them,” said Alunya.

Thanks to Early Connections the process was simple and relaxed. The questions were direct and easy to answer to help coordinate the individual plan.

“It was a great help having the Early Connections Key Worker in the meeting. Someone who knew my child and what she needed and who could ensure nothing was left out,” added Alunya.

Early Connections services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, child psychology and early childhood teachers.

“The day I received the phone call to say Janalia’s plan had been approved, and to then hear what the package amount was, was the best news ever.

As a mother you want to give your child the absolute best and now Janalia is able to see therapists weekly, for them to visit her in the school environment, talking to the teacher one-on-one about the best ways for her to learn.”

Early Connections – your Registered NDIS Provider Mid North Coast

Early Connections developed a strong action plan and key learnings from the rollout of the NDIS in Manning and Great Lakes.

Our teams across the Mid North Coast are ready to help families and children like Janalia navigate the NDIS.

Connect with us for more information. As a registered NDIS provider Early Connections can help you:

  1. Connect to the NDIS

  2. Create your NDIS plan

  3. Choose your Early Connections individualised therapies

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.