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Educator 1: The early years centre is a one stop shop where families with children under the age of 8 can come and feel supported and access many of the services we have.
Educator 2: We’re an integrated service model so we work holistically to provide support for families.
Parent 1: It helps people whether they be parents, single parents or anyone who needs a leg up, they’re here.
Parent 2: First I was very lonely, emotionally down, but when I started here you see a lot of parents you talk to, you discuss your problem you are going through. It helps me a lot.
Parent 3: They say it takes a village to raise a child and in a lot of ways that is definitely true, because it’s important to know you are not feeling alone. You can get validation and support from other parents.
Educator 3: We have migrant settlement program, CAMS, tenancy, family support. We can refer our parents onto any of those services that they may need.
Educator 4: There’s a variety of programs and different practitioners that specialise in certain areas that are here to improve the outcomes for children and their families.
Educator 5: We have a maternal and child health nurse come every week and provide information and education for parents with young babies
Parent 4: You can get your baby weighed and just to have some playtime and get social, very social.
Parent 5: I watch him flourish each week and just get that confidence and for me it’s watching him grow and develop.
Parent 6: I just get piece of mind really, just to let me know I’m doing the right thing.
Parent 3: Gave me a lot of confidence, doing the parenting course while he also attended childcare.
Parent 4: They’re very knowledgeable as most of them have had kids, you can always ask questions and it’s just a nice place to hang out.
Parent 1: I was lost, I didn’t know what to do. My wife was suffering postnatal depression, I was just like, I didn’t, I was just pulling my hair out. So it was going somewhere very casually and just spend some time and everyone’s happy for the kids to just play and have a good time, there’s good food, good company and it just grew from there.
Educator 4: They don’t have to tell their story over and over again to different organisations.
Educator 6: They come here, and they get really cared for and looked after and our work is really, in the moment with them.
Parent 7: You get advice, parenting advice, help, just a break.
Parent 5: This, I consider this my hub to come to if I need that information or those services, so otherwise I wouldn’t actually know where to go.
Educator 3: I feel like we make a real difference in families’ lives.
Parent 1: Always listening, always helpful, always friendly. Yeah that’s, and real, real, that’s, that’s what impact I’m in.
Being a parent is hard work and finding the right support for you and your child can be challenging. At your local Early Years Place there are people who can help, and other parents and carers you can connect with who may be in a similar situation. Watch the video to find out how parents and carers have found support at their Early Years Place.