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➧ MCH App
The Maternal Child Health Nurse APP is free and a great source of information about your child’s development, play & learning, sleeping, Family Relationships and Wellbeing, Nutrition and Growth Charts. Go to the APP store and download MCH APP and explore more of what they have to offer.
➧ My Child Government website
The mychild.gov.au website is Australia’s online child care portal. On this website you will find information on different types of child care and how to get assistance with the cost of child care. You can also search a database to find child care centres in your local area. In many cases, you will also be able to find the services’ vacancy and fee information. This site also has information and links to other useful websites about children’s health and wellbeing, parenting and family support services.
➧ Raising Children Network
The Raising Children Network website is based on the philosophy that all children and families are individual and different. They provide scientifically validated information, translated into everyday language, to help parents and carers make decisions that work for them in their individual family circumstances. Created by a partnership of member organizations of Australia’s leading early childhood agencies, the Raising Children website is produced with the help of an extensive network including the Australian Government
➧ Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child
The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is the national non government peak body in Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
The Department of Education and Training offers learning and development support, services and resources for all Victorians, from birth through to adulthood. There is a section on Early Childhood, Supporting the development, health and wellbeing of babies and young children through services, legislation and care.
➧ Family Assistance Office
Family Assistance Offices have been set up in Medicare offices and Centrelink Customer Service Centres across the country, offering a range of payments to support families with their work and family responsibilities. It gives Australian families better access to government services. Instead of going to different agencies to get family assistance, families are able to get all their payments from just one place – the Family Assistance Office. Financial assistance includes the Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Baby Bonus. The Family Assistance Program is the responsibility of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
➧ Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)
ACECQA is an independent national authority, based in Sydney. As the name suggests, one of ACECQA’s many roles is to educate and inform the wider community about the importance of improving outcomes in children’s education and care and to provide governments, the sector and families with access to the most current research to ensure NQF policy and service delivery is in line with best practice across the country. ACECQA guides the implementation of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care nationally and ensures consistency in delivery.
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