Illawarra Transition to School Program

Support - Information and links to other services

This list is designed as a starting point to help you access information and support from other services. It includes resources on starting school and parenting, as well as links to health, multicultural and additional needs services that may provide extra help, advice and support, depending on your child's individual circumstances.

Can't find what you're looking for? Contact us to have a chat with the Transition to School Project Officer today.

Starting school [back to top]

School A to Z
Tips, tools and resources for you to help your child with their homework, wellbeing and other growing needs, from the NSW Department of Education and Communities.

Early Words
Literacy begins at birth. Early Words is filled with resources to help families and professionals give children a stronger, confident start at school.

Parenting [back to top]

Parent Line
Parent Line is a free and confidential 24 hour telephone counselling, information and referral service for all NSW parents. Call 1300 1300 52 if you need help or advice with parenting.

Raising Children Network
Provides information that can help parents and carers with the day-to-day decisions of raising children, as well as looking after their own needs.

Parenting - Department of Family and Community Services
Tips, advice and guidelines for parents and carers, from the Department of Family and Community Services.

Health [back to top]

Healthy Kids
Information, resources and ideas on physical activity and healthy eating for children and young people, from the NSW Government.

Better Health Channel
Health and medical information to help individuals and their communities improve their health and wellbeing, from the Victorian Government.

Child and Youth Health
News and practical health information for parents, carers and young people, from the Government of South Australia.

NSW Health - A-Z Health Topics
An A-Z listing of information on common health topics that may help you to understand the facts about various medical conditions.

Medicare Australia
Families can access the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register from the Medicare Australia website, as well as other information and services provided by Medicare Australia.

Speech and language development - Desiree Ortato (The Children's Hospital at Westmead) PDF Icon
Information on normal speech and basic concept development, as well as practical tips for parents on how to encourage children's language development and suggestions for incorporating opportunities into daily routines.

Additional needs [back to top]

Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT)
Provides services, information and assistance to people on the autism spectrum and their families.

Provides accommodation, care and support services for children, young people and adults with disabilities and their families in the Illawarra, Southern Highlands and far South Coast.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance
Supports children and adults with cerebral palsy in NSW and the ACT.

Interchange Illawarra
Offers flexible respite support to suit the individual needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families/carers in Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama.

Multicultural [back to top]

Illawarra Multicultural Services
Provides information and help to migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants living in Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and the Shoalhaven, including multicultural supported playgroups, and supported playgroups for Macedonian and Spanish speakers.

Association of Illawarra Community Language Schools
Supports community language schools and promotes heritage language maintenance in the Illawarra.