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Save the Children run two Children and Family Centres to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in Northern Queensland.
These purpose built centres – the first of their kind in Doomadgee and Mornington Island – are community hubs for families to access a range of quality services in a culturally appropriate and safe environment.
Why Children and Family Centres are important
In the remote and isolated communities of Mornington Island and Doomadgee in Northern Queensland, young children are vulnerable to poor health, and physical, emotional and cognitive development. High unemployment rates, issues of substance abuse and a lack of community services also impact childhood development.
Our Children and Family Centres
A joint initiative of the Australian and Queensland Governments, our Dumaji and Mornington Island Children and Family Centres (CFC) offer early childhood education, family and parenting support and child and maternal health services.
Run by local Save the Children employees, our CFC provide early learning programs for children up to eight years old. With an on-site early learning centre on Mornington Island, and mobile playschemes, we run weekly sessions to help children grow, learn and develop, and equip parents with parenting skills and links to other community services.
We support the financial wellbeing of families and promote safe and healthy households through our Pride in My Home program. We also provide Indigenous parenting support sessions, women’s groups and men’s groups that foster positive family relationships.
We work in partnership with health professionals to promote maternal and child health, medical checks and facilitate culturally appropriate community health sessions. This enables health workers to engage with families that may not otherwise attend clinical services.
On Mornington Island, we run a 39 place Child Care Centre which provides early learning opportunities for children and employment and training opportunities for local people.
How we know we’re Closing the Gap for children
The Mornington Island and Dumaji Children and Family Centres are gaining increasing support in the community, with more children and families accessing health, education and parenting support services. By working with whole communities to provide culturally appropriate family support, we are improving the outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children under the Closing the Gap agenda.
Who makes our Early Learning centres possible
Support from the Queensland Department of Education and Training through the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care makes it possible for Save the Children to assist children and families in Doomadgee and Mornington Island.