Summary of Service Streams
Providing individual and group allied health assessment, intervention and advice for children; targeted group programs for children; and parent and community education
- Part funded by the State Government – Queensland Health in Bundaberg, Warwick and Dalby to provide family-centred individual and group allied health services for children up to 13 years of age
- Part funded by State Government Department of Education – Non Schools Organisations in Mount Isa and Emerald to work closely with and within schools with school aged children
- Currently 5 service centres – Bundaberg, Dalby, Emerald, Mount Isa and Warwick
- Currently employ Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists and Family Health Support Workers
Providing Early Intervention for children and families to support child development and school readiness
- Funded by the Federal Government Department of Social Services Children and Families Program to provide school readiness programs, supported playgroups, parenting support and advice and home visits
- Currently 4 satellite sites in Agnes Water, Inglewood*. Kingaroy and Stanthorpe
- Currently employ Child and Family Facilitators (CFF) and Service Manager – DSS (plus some admin hours in Warwick)
*Note: Inglewood CFF position is fully funded by BUSHkids
Providing Early Childhood Early Intervention Services on behalf of the NDIS
- Funded by the Federal Government National Disability Insurance Agency to provide intake, assessment, linking and transdisciplinary family-centred early intervention for children aged 0-6; NDIS planning and review of plans for children eligible for the scheme and community capacity building to support inclusion of children with developmental delay and disability
- Currently 9 service centres – Bundaberg, Caloundra, Emerald, Gladstone, Gympie, Hervey Bay (Maryborough), Kingaroy, Maroochydore and Rockhampton
- Teams consist of – Early Intervention Facilitators and Allied Health professionals including Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Physiotherapists and Psychologists
Providing a comprehensive ‘at home’ kindergarten program
- Working in conjunction with a regional school and the Brisbane School of Distance Education.
- eKindy provides kids who are unable to attend kindy regularly — either due to distance or because they are not well enough to travel — with a comprehensive ‘at home’ kindergarten program in the year before they enter Prep.
- This provides invaluable kindy experiences which maximise their learning as they play, create, imagine and discover, preparing them to enter school.
- Children taking part in eKindy receive 15 hours of kindergarten for 40 weeks of the year during term time, equivalent to a centre-based kindergarten program
Building capacity of communities, parents and workforce to support children’s development
- Implementing and adapting existing education, universal, prevention and intervention programs, workshops etc. (e.g. Read and Grow, Kindy Alert)
- Developing bespoke education, universal, prevention and intervention programs, workshops (e.g. A Steady Start to School)
- Undertaking research (e.g. teleHealth, Narrative and Play)
- Providing Student Placements and liaison with universities
- Providing workforce mentoring for workers in early childhood care and education
- Funding from BUSHkids through existing staff undertaking projects, Gambling Community Benefit Fund, from DSS for specific related work.