Children in our community are confident, creative, safe and healthy.
Integrated Family Centre, a safe place where assistance is offered.
The Goldfields Family Centre provides an integrated service model for young children and their families. It houses long day care, kindergarten, maternal and child health, supported play groups and a toy library, and facilitates access to long day care and visiting specialists such as speech pathologists.
Life for me was pretty normal. My husband and I were working from home and raising our 18 month old son. We didn’t have any family living with us in the community to ask for support, but it was easy because we were both at home. However in October 2016, my life dramatically changed with the sudden and tragic death of my husband. After the funeral I went to Melbourne to be with my Mum. But after three months I felt I needed to return to my home (in the Shire) and pick up my life. I knew I was still fragile and needed some support. But I had no idea where to start, so I began searching for local childcare. I approached the Goldfields Family Centre, and after sharing my story, they were able to squeeze my child in for one day per week. As time went on grief caught up with me and again approaching the Centre, they connected me with services I wasn’t aware of in the community. The support helped me to keep functioning, and I would not have been able to stay here without it. It was more than just respite, it was someone to talk to about my worries – to ask, do I show my son pictures of his Dad? Do I talk about his Dad? The staff reassured me, and did little things by being aware of my birthday and helping my son to make a card, and speaking gently with me about Father’s Day. The support from the Centre, and connecting me to family day care, has allowed me to undertake study; my aim is to be job ready by the time my child starts school.
Most Significant Change, participant
- Eligible children enrolled in 4 year old kindergarten. 2014 – 80% 2017 99.9%
Source: DET data 2017
- Of the average 128 births each year, 30% are first time mothers.
Source: DET Maternal and Child Health Services Annual Report, 2018