UnitingCare has a range of early childhood programs, services and resources that can respond to the particular requirements of outback families and are designed to be delivered in a nurturing, home-based environment.
Our educators can travel to your home, or support you remotely with support packs, advice by phone and through a range of emailed resources.
- Can’t get to mainstream early childcare services because of your remote location?
- An educator will live on your property and provide flexible care and education in your home
- This service is available to children aged up to 12
The In Home Care service is an early childhood program for children aged up to 12 who, due to their geographical location, or other identified need, cannot access mainstream early childcare services. You may be entitled to government assistance to access this service.
This service aims to provide an alternative to long day care, family day care, and before and after school care, which would be available in more urban areas, and is delivered to your child on your property.
Our In Home Care Facilitator will work closely with you to appoint a qualified early learning professional and will also negotiate the right hours for the educator to work with your children. Once the educator is on board, the same Facilitator will carry out their induction and keep in regular contact to ensure your family is happy with the arrangements. In most cases the educator lives on your property, so you would need to be able to provide safe and comfortable accommodation, as well as transport to and from the property.
The service is available in Charleville and North Queensland. Charleville also covers South West Queensland – Quilpie, Windorah, Birdsville, Cunnamulla, Thargomindah, Roma, Mitchell, Emerald, and parts of Longreach. North Queensland also covers North West Queensland – Mt Isa, Cloncurry, Julia Creek, Charters Towers, George Town, Croydon, Normanton, Burketown, Richmond, Hughenden, Boulia, Winton, and parts of Longreach.
- Looking for a short-term early learning program to be delivered on your property?
- Our qualified educator will come to your home for up to three weeks
- This service is available to children aged up to five, and their siblings
The Remote Family Care Service is the only service of its kind in Queensland, providing short-term early learning programs for children aged up to five who, due to where they live, cannot access mainstream early childcare services. You may be entitled to government assistance to access this service.
The aim of the program is to provide outback children with an opportunity to engage in an early learning program for up to three weeks, delivered in the nurturing environment of their own home. As long as at least one of your children is under the age of five, we can provide a qualified, early childhood educator to come to you.
The service is available across regional, rural and remote Queensland.
- 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 for children aged up to 12
Our Family Day Care provides flexible, nurturing, home-based care and education that’s in touch with you and your family’s 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.
This service is available in Emerald/Mackay, Longreach, Roma, Windorah and Toowoomba.
- Keen to access early learning services without having to travel?
- Our educators can travel to you to provide a home visit, a mobile playgroup and resources
- This service is available to children aged up to 12 (with an emphasis on children aged up to five)
The Remote Area Families Service (RAFS) provides a unique, mobile, early childhood program with an emphasis on children aged up to five who do not have access to any other early childcare services. Enrolment in the program is voluntary and free of charge.
Our early learning educators can travel to your home to provide a range of play-based activities and family support services. For example, why not get a group of fellow parents and their pre-schoolers together at your home and book our mobile playgroup to come to you? Or you can request a home visit from our professional team, who can tailor their approach to best suit your child.
In a home visit, our team of qualified educators will come to your home for a morning or afternoon visit and stay overnight. As part of the visit, we look at the family’s and children's interests, strengths and challenges, in order to determine what sort of assistance is required. This individualised support will involve a program of activities for the children and parents (this can include group activities, as well as discussions with parents). We can also refer families to extended services and support.
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.
Early childhood is a crucial stage in the learning journey, so it’s important that children and families have the right support. We can provide:
- Quarterly newsletters
- Support packs
- Play-based activities at community events and open days
- Toy library and parent resource library
- Quarterly newsletters
- Support packs
- Information and advice (by phone or email)
- Referral to other services
- 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:
Charleville – Roma, Dirranbandi, along NSW border, Betoota, Windorah, Tambo, Injune, all areas in between
Phone: 0439 922 815
Emerald (based in Mackay) – Charters Towers, Nebo, Taroom, Bymount, Tambo, Alpha, Duaringa, back to Charters Towers, all areas in between
Phone: 0439 932 958
Longreach – Charters Towers, Jericho, Tambo, Windorah, Kynuna, Richmond, along the Flinders Highway and all areas in between
Phone: 0439 963 603
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
North Queensland (based in Mareeba) – Charters Towers, Maxwelton, Richmond, Normanton, Coen, Laura and all areas in between
Phone: 0447 115 083
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