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.

Embedded in local community. engaging with local community. responsive to local needs and priorities

  • Friends of BUSHkids
  • BUSHconnect
  • BUSHkids teams participation in and contribution to local networks
  • Local fundraising, volunteering and support