Counterpoints Family and Children Services
We offers the following family and children services.
Poets Corner pre-school is a Community based preschool for 3-5-year-old children based in Redfern with a 30 year history. Providing quality Educational programming that is affordable within a safe & nurturing environment for children and their families.
Pre-school has been providing our community children with a dynamic and nurturing environment that promotes early literacy. This haven will provide your child educationally oriented preschool opportunities in language, reading, math, computer activities and social skills for 3-5-year-olds.
We envision every day rich with discovery; exploring the outdoor space; learning about seasons through music or drama or gardening; cooking healthy delights without sugar or salt, creating fantastic artwork together.
Poets Corner Preschool was awarded Meeting in all national quality standards and exceeding in quality area 6 collaborative partnerships with families and communities all fundamental in achieving quality outcomes for our children.
Our play based learning activities include
- Cultural learning
- School Readiness
- Judo & Yoga
- Language programs
- Healthy Eating
- Music & movement
Fees: $8 – $30 (Dependent on individual circumstances)
Counterpoint’s Community Support Service works with young people, families and individuals. We have a dedicated case management team to assist residents with support, advice and advocacy services. Staff offer support on a range of topics including Housing and tenancy support, Homelessness, Benefit checks, Financial management, Family issues, Community Safety, Health and well-being, Parenting, Education, work and community participation
Our support team may be able to help in a single session, or by taking more time getting to know the individual and/or family’s situation then connecting them to the right services that can help.
Anyone including individuals, parents, grandparents, other family members and young people can contact our support team for advice and information, to discuss about their concerns about their own welfare, their family’s welfare and what supports are available.
Counterpoint partners with Alexandria Park Schools as Community Centres (SaCC), and Save the Children Play2Learn Program, to support the operation of three local supported playgroups in Alexandria and Waterloo. Each playgroups runs during the school terms.
The Dobell Playgroup operates in a community room on Tuesday afternoons and supports local families living in public housing in Redfern or Waterloo.
his supported playgroup provides a space for residents to connect with local families, health services, and provides basic food and donated foods from OzHarvest.
The Alex Park School Readiness Program operates on Wednesdays during Terms 3 and 4 of the school year. The playgroup is for local families with children aged 3-5 years who will be enrolling in Kindergarten at Alexandria Park Community School.
The Community Playgroup held each Thursday during school terms is an open playgroup for families living in the local inner city area. The playgroup encourages the participation of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) families in order to support those families with any emerging needs.
We are also an active member in the Inner City Child and Family Interagency group, which aims to bring all child and family services in the area together with the aim of providing evidence based and community driven initiatives to the families in our community. The Interagency group is currently led by Julie Katz from SDN Children’s Services