BUSHkids currently provides a range of free services for children and their families through our regional Service Centres―in Bundaberg, Caloundra, Dalby, Emerald, Gladstone, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Maroochydore, Mount Isa, Rockhampton and Warwick―each staffed by a multidisciplinary teams.
We also support rural communities from our four satellite sites―in Agnes Water, Inglewood, Kingaroy and Stanthorpe―staffed by Child and Family Facilitators.
In addition BUSHkids is the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Partner in the Community for the delivery of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Early Childhood Approach (ECA) services for children from birth to the age of 9, in the Bundaberg, Gladstone, Fraser Coast, Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton and Central Queensland regions.
For information on BUSHkids Services and our Locations Directory in a handy pdf click: BUSHkids Services & Locations Directory
All BUSHkids services are provided free of charge.
Children’s Allied Health Services
Our allied health teams help children from birth to the age of 13 who are at risk of poor health, educational and social outcomes, achieve their full potential.
Based in Bundaberg, Dalby, Emerald, Mount Isa and Warwick, our teams comprise of Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Family Health Support Workers and Social Workers, with Psychologist services via telepractice.
Our teams support children and families in providing expert advice and education for families, with individual and group programs for children, to assist with fine and gross motor difficulties, emotional regulation and sensory processing, communication difficulties, behavioural problems and anxiety. They also provide support to the local community and outreach to the surrounding area.
BUNDABERG 07 4111 1655 firstname.lastname@example.org
DALBY 07 4662 2729 email@example.com
EMERALD 07 4982 0905 firstname.lastname@example.org
MOUNT ISA 07 4743 2575 email@example.com
WARWICK 07 4667 1200 firstname.lastname@example.org
Children and Parenting Support Services
Our children and parenting support services specifically provide support to help the development of young children from birth to the age of 13 and their families, with a key focus on getting children ready for school.
Our Child and Family Facilitators work closely with your family, and provide support, parenting education and information to help your child’s development. They can call in the services of BUSHkids’ allied health clinicians when needed and can support linkage to other agencies, or even specialist support, to help you and your family reach your goals.
Children and Parenting Support Services are provided through our four smaller satellite sites―in Inglewood, Agnes Water (Miriam Vale), Kingaroy (Nanango) and Stanthorpe, with support from our service Centres.
Early Childhood Approach (ECA) and Early Start Teams
BUSHkids works with children younger than 6 with developmental delays* or children younger than 9 with disability access the supports and services they and their families need to achieve better long-term outcomes.
The ECA program is fully funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)—the federal agency responsible for delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)—so like all BUSHkids services it’s free of charge.
BUSHkids will work with you and your child to:
- provide timely support to ensure you access the supports you need.
- give you information about best-practice early childhood intervention supports and how you can help your child.
- increase your confidence and capacity to manage and respond to your child’s support needs.
- increase your child’s ability to do activities they need or want to do throughout their day.
- increase your child’s inclusion and participation in mainstream and community settings like childcare or recreation.
- give you information about, and referrals to, other support services if needed, like parent support groups.
BUSHkids will work with you and your child to improve their development and help them reach their full potential. Where more intensive early intervention supports are required, the BUSHkids team will help you develop an NDIS Plan to access the funding your child needs on a more long-term basis.
BUSHkids currently provides ECA services in Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Emerald, Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore, Caloundra, Gympie) Fraser Coast (Maryborough, South and North Burnett, Kingaroy, Cherbourg) and Gladstone with outreach to Biloela.
BUNDABERG 07 4111 1655
CALOUNDRA 07 5208 9074
EMERALD 07 4982 0905
GLADSTONE 07 4904 5335
GYMPIE 07 5209 6020
HERVEY BAY 07 4183 8920
KINGAROY 07 4183 8424
MAROOCHYDORE 07 5406 0708
ROCKHAMPTON 07 4994 2120
The eKindy program is a comprehensive ‘at home’ kindergarten program delivered through Brisbane School of Distance Education for eligible children in the year before Prep. The program covers 15 hours of kindergarten for 40 weeks a year, at no cost to eligible children, and is an important kindergarten option for families that cannot easily access a centre-based kindergarten program.
To be eligible for eKindy, a child must meet one of three eligibility categories – distance to an early childhood education and care service, medical condition, or travelling/itinerant lifestyle. When registering a child for eKindy with Brisbane School of Distance Education, a parent/carer commits to engage with a qualified early childhood teacher and deliver the 15 hour per week program. This program is implemented in their home, through weekly online web sessions and regular contact with the child’s eKindy teacher.
Parents and families should contact Brisbane School of Distance Education directly for enquiries about registering in eKindy – click here.
In selected communities, children registered for eKindy can also join an eKindy pod at the local school, facilitated by BUSHkids; to learn with their peers and develop social skills before they start school. Pods operate weekly during school terms as a facilitated play day providing age-appropriate activities aligned to the Early Years Learning Framework. Pods complement but do not form part of the 15-hour eKindy in-home delivery commitment.
BUSHkids is funded by the Department of Education to employ eKindy Facilitators to deliver the pods, and a supervising Early Childhood Teacher as a state-wide program coordinator to oversee the pod program.
In 2023 approved pod locations are: BAUPLE • BLOOMSBURY • CONDAMINE • FORREST BEACH • GOOVIGEN • KENILWORTH • ROLLINGSTONE • SEAFORTH
teleBUSHkids – telepractice
Telepractice is the use of telecommunications technology to enhance healthcare, public health and health education delivery and support and can include videoconferencing, sending health information to a clinician for assessment, clinicians monitoring clients at home, or using mobile phones and tablets for healthcare.
As an organisation that primarily supports rural and remote communities, BUSHkids telepractice presents opportunities to provide our services, particularly allied health services, in areas where clinicians aren’t available.
Learning and Development
BUSHkids’ learning and development team works to build your capacity as parents and that of early educators in your community, so they can better support your children’s development.
It does this by providing a range of education and training programs such as the 1-2-3 Magic® Parenting Program, Triple P, the Read and Grow (emergent literacy program) and BUSHkids developed A Steady Start to School program.
BUSHkids provides these programs free of charge in your community and works with early educators and kindergartens to train and mentor their staff in how the programs can best be used to help your child’s development.
In addition, our learning and development team work alongside educators and universities to develop new child and parenting learning programs.
Please note, at any given time there may be position vacancies at any one of our regional Centres. Please contact your nearest Centre to discuss available services.