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Unit 8, 22 Hudson Avenue, Castle Hill NSW 2154

Supporting Children and Families

Every child has the right to attend their local childcare centre regardless of their ability. Young children with disabilities and additional needs and their families can access support from STaR in various ways.

Childcare Placement and Support Program

Children who are enrolled in our flagship Childcare Placement and Support Program receive special education support in one of the mainstream childcare centres that are affiliated with us. Support in the transition to school is included.

We currently focus on the Blacktown and Mt Druitt region of Western Sydney.

STaR Association, Childcare Centres
Supporting children in one of STaR’s affiliated centres

Child enrolment in the STaR Childcare Placement and Support Program

Children can be referred if they are aged 0-5 years and have a diagnosed disability/developmental delay.

Children will then be enrolled in the STaR Program based on:

  • vacancies in a STaR affiliated centre
  • the centre’s ability to cater for the child’s individual needs
  • the level of support required
  • the mix of disabilities within the group at that centre.

Parents and families of children enrolled in the STaR Program need to:

  • pay the childcare fees applicable for their child’s enrolment at the childcare centre
  • pay STaR a minimal fee on acceptance of an offer of placement in the Program and a minimal annual fee
  • sign the parental and research agreements.

Having a child with a disability is a challenge. We assist our STaR families with information and practical support.

Family Support

We know that parents and carers can easily be overwhelmed by the unexpected journey they take with their unusual children.

On a ‘needs and wants’ basis, our Family Support program:

  • Helps families to negotiate the maze of services and systems
  • Offers practical information, resources, workshops
  • Offers intensive support during crisis
  • Is free to STaR families.
STaR Association, Family Support
We provided STaR parents and families the support they need