Early Connections

Nambucca Valley provides Education & Support for children aged 0-8yrs, living in the Nambucca Shire, who have more than one area of developmental delay or a diagnosed disability.

We endeavour to support children with special needs and their families to reach the best possible outcomes and work closely with health professionals including Child & Family Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Speech Pathologists as well as Early Childhood Services and local Primary Schools.

We offer a personalised service for each family, recognising that everyone has different needs and priorities.

What we offer:

  • Developmental Assessments
  • Family & Services Collaboration Meetings
  • Individual Education Programs (IEP’s)
  • Support in implementing programs
  • Home Visits
  • Support Visits to Early Childhood Services
  • Transition to School – Prep Classes
  • School Support
  • Helping Children with Autism Service Provider
  • Better Start Provider
  • My Time (parent support groups)
  • Speech and Occupational Therapy Information
  • Workshops for Parents
  • Workshops for Professionals

For children who are experiencing difficulties with:

  • Reaching Developmental Milestones
  • Balance/co-ordination
  • Following instructions
  • Learning/memory/concentration
  • Language/speech
  • Self-help skills (toileting, dressing, feeding)
  • Relating to others & new situations
  • Regulating behaviour

Or if there is something that just doesn’t seem quite right with your child’s development

At Home

Initial visits are often conducted at the home as the child and parents feel most comfortable in this environment. Three staff members will visit with you initially to meet and play with your child, listen to your concerns, answer any questions and help to plan what your next step might be.

Ongoing support which may include directing you to appropriate services, support in understanding and implementing programs from therapists and helping to establish routines and structures at home to make life a little easier. Home visits are generally suited to children under 2 years of age.

At Our Centre

Preparation for school classes (PREP). These are small groups for children who are heading off to Primary school the following year. Focus is on school-readiness skills such as listening, participating, following instructions, becoming independent, completing a task and turn-taking with peers.

MyTime parent support group, Parent & professional workshops & information sessions.

In Early Childhood Services

  • Supporting staff through guidance to using learning aids
  • Making observations and helping ongoing planning
  • Interacting with your child and modelling to staff different techniques that might be implemented.
  • Attending their staff meetings to discuss total inclusion of ALL children into the programme.

In The Community

Supporting families in local playgroups,

Small groups run from our Centre for ALL CHILDREN in the community; encouraging development of skills and fun with others! A great way for parents/carers to meet others and spend some fun time with their child.

Funded by the Australian & NSW Government.


Contact details

02 6568 4026


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