Early education for under-12s

UnitingCare helps to bring outback communities closer by providing a wide range of early education support services.

 

For children under 12, it’s especially important to provide them with the right support, in order to give them the best foundation possible. Our programs and activities are recognised as being highly productive and are designed to respond directly to your needs.

Remote Area Families Service (RAFS)

  • Interested in joining a fun and interactive playgroup to assist with your child’s learning and development?
  • We offer mobile playgroups and play-based activities on your property or at a central community location.
  • Available for children aged 0–12 (with an emphasis on children aged 0–5).
  • Early Education Events — Playgroups

    Staying in touch with other children is a wonderful way for your child to learn and develop. Group activities such as playgroups are a great way to get kids interacting, playing and socialising with their peers, and they’re perfect for parents too. Being able to talk to other parents, particularly with children of the same age, you can share your experiences, issues and tips with dealing with your child’s developmental leaps and ages, which makes the parenting journey all that more enjoyable and easier.

     

    We can help you set up a playgroup in your own community — we’ll assist by providing support, ideas and resources

     

  • Educational Resources

    For a full, rich and interactive learning experience, it’s important to have the right resources on hand for children to play with. If you’re setting up your own playgroup, we are able to provide a wide range of items, including:

    • Activity and kit boxes
    • Arts and crafts
    • Information packs
    • Toy and parent book resources

    RAFS operates from five key bases and services a large number of bordering regions.

     

    For more information contact your local RAFS team.

     

  • Contacts

    Charleville – Roma, Dirranbandi, along NSW border, Betoota, Windorah, Tambo, Injune, all areas in between

    Phone: 0439 922 815

    Email: charleville.rafs@uccommunity.org.au

     

    Emerald (based in Mackay) – Charters Towers, Nebo, Taroom, Bymount, Tambo, Alpha, Duaringa, Back to Charters Towers, all areas in between

    Phone: 0439 932 958

    Email: emerald.rafs@uccommunity.org.au

     

    Longreach – Charters Towers, Jericho, Tambo, Windorah, Kynuna, Richmond, along the Flinders Highway and all areas in between

    Phone: 0439 963 603

    Email: longreach.rafs@uccommunity.org.au

     

    Mt Isa – Queensland areas of Normanton, Neila, Kynuna, Birdsville, the Northern Territory border, the Gulf of Carpentaria. Northern Territory areas: Camooweal, Three Ways, Elliot, Cape Crawford and all areas in between

    Phone: 0439 912 957

    Email: mtisa.rafs@uccommunity.org.au

     

    North Queensland (based in Mareeba) – Charters Towers, Maxwelton, Richmond, Normanton, Coen, Laura and all areas in between

    Phone: 0447 115 083

    Email: nq.rafs@uccommunity.org.au

Family Resources

  • Looking for resources to help support your child’s education and development needs?
  • We can provide tailored information, resources and support to families.
  • Available to parents of children aged 0-12.

 

Early Childhood is a crucial stage in the learning journey, so it’s important that children and families have the right support. The Remote Area Families Services (RAFS) can provide:

  • Activity and kit boxes
  • Arts and crafts
  • Information packs
  • Toy and parent book resources

RAFS operates from five key bases and services a large number of bordering regions.

 

For more information contact your local RAFS team.

Family Day Care

  • Looking for flexible, home-based care and education?
  • We provide quality care and education in a nurturing home environment to suit you and your family’s lifestyle
  • Available to parents of children aged 0–12

Our Family Day Care provides flexible, nurturing home-based care and education that’s in touch with you and your families’ lifestyle. Our educators provide quality care and education from their own homes, for the hours and times that suit you best. They are all early childhood education and care professionals who follow the Early Years Learning Framework. They have been approved and checked for safety and they’re supported with expert monitoring and training by UnitingCare.

 

The Family Day Care service supports parents and families across Queensland.

 

For more information or to enrol your child contact us.

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Become an educator

Do you love working with children? Are you enthusiastic and energetic? We need you to help young children in rural and remote Queensland get the best start.

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Home-based care and education

We have a range of early childhood programs, services and resources for outback families, designed to be delivered in a nurturing home environment.

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Family support and wellbeing

In the Outback, people face a unique set of challenges – we can offer support with parenting, children, community resilience and more.